Week of 12 Nov 2017
Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
The description of the crushing reality of their grandfather’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease is particularly heartbreaking, but the twins’ sisterly love is evident throughout.
Kirkus

Sisters First

by Jenna Bush Hager

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny

No Critic Review

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

by Brian Kilmeade

Grant
Chernow’s gracefully written biography, which promises to be the definitive work on Grant for years to come, is fully equal to the man’s remarkable story.
Star Tribune

Grant

by Ron Chernow

We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
...some will wish that the author explored many of these issues further, and those unfamiliar with her work in film and on TV will find some of her references obscure.
Kirkus

We're Going to Need More Wine

by Gabrielle Union

The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
The huge cast of characters, likely to be unfamiliar to all but specialist readers, at times overwhelms the narrative, while the maps and timeline at the beginning are helpful. Crucial decades in the history of the ancient world vividly rendered.
Kirkus

The Storm Before the Storm

by Mike Duncan

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
As with most anti-Trump books, this one will shore up the opinions of those already convinced of his lack of fitness for the job but won’t change the minds of his supporters, the vast majority of whom won’t read it.
Kirkus

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

by Bandy X. Lee

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
In short order, you’ll be conversant in mind-bending trivia about “star stuff” that may fundamentally shift your perspective of our place in the universe—and convince you to pursue some of the many fine longer-form books on the subject.
Kirkus

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Although Coates subtitles the book “An American Tragedy,” he allows a ray of hope for “a resistance intolerant of self-exoneration, set against blinding itself to evil.” Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays.
Kirkus

We Were Eight Years in Power

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Leonardo da Vinci
Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate, this book should garner serious consideration for a variety of book prizes.
Kirkus

Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series)
In an age of the deconstruction of history and the portrayal of biblical Christianity as detrimental to modern America, this book offers some sanity in preserving the history of the American Revolution. For non-historians like myself, it is a good read.
The Aquila Report

Killing England

by Bill O'Reilly

What Happened
But ultimately, it reads like a book she had to write, audience be damned — a book written out of exasperation...But here's what the book is not: It's not newsy.
NPR


What Happened

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent
His tale of infiltration is exciting and clearly written, although since he blurs the specifics of actual undercover tradecraft, his reconstructed, dialogue-heavy encounters with jihadist suspects are occasionally repetitive.
Kirkus

American Radical

by Tamer Elnoury

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
An unusually timely and deeply affecting view of a social class whose health and economic problems are making headlines in this election year.
Kirkus


Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
A beautiful story that warms and wrenches the heart; you’ll want tissues on hand for this one.
Blog Critics

Same Kind of Different As Me

by Ron Hall

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
It’s fascinating stuff, a tale of aches and pains, of boredom punctuated by terror and worries about what’s happening in the dark and back down on Earth. A worthy read for space buffs, to say nothing of anyone contemplating a voyage to the stars.
Kirkus

Endurance

by Scott Kelly