Nonfiction Book Reviews
'The American Journey of Barack Obama' by the Editors of Life Magazine
'The American Journey of Barack Obama' combines photos and essays to look at Barack Obama's whole life and how it led to his rise.
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama - Book Review
Barack Obama is one of the hottest political figures in the country, and his two books--Dreams from my Father and The Audacity of Hope--are major bestsellers. Find out more about Barack Obama and whether Obama's The Audacity of Hope is a good way to get to know this political leader.
'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' by Katherine Boo - Book Review
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo recounts the true lives of residents of a small Indian slum.
'The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America' by Ti…
National Book Award Winner Timothy Egan follows up The Worst Hard Time with The Big Burn -- stories surrounding The Great Fire, the largest wildfire in American history. Eyes will be left burning trying to finish this one before day is charred to night.
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell - Book Review
Contemporary literature associate, Jonathan Lasser, reviews Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.
'Cop in the Hood' by Peter Moskos - Book Review
Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District by Peter Moskos is an intriguing account of both police and civilian life in eastern Baltimore. Moskos supplements his first hand accounts of actual conditions with social and political criticism.
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell - Book Review
In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell explores why underdogs may have an advantage.
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - Book Review
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner is not your typical economics book. Find out the secret to the success of Freakonomics in this book review.
'Gang Leader for a Day' by Sudhir Venkatesh - Book Review
As a young sociology graduate student at the University of Chicago, Sudhir Venkatesh spent much of about 7 years hanging out in and learning about a Chicago housing project and the Black Kings gang that dominated it.
'Gulp' by Mary Roach - Book Review
Find out whether Gulp is a delicious read.
'Help, Thanks, Wow' by Anne Lamott
Help, Thanks, Wow is Anne Lamott's short book on "the three essential prayers."
I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert - Book Review
Stephen Colbert--busy with his hit tv show and his presidential campaign--managed to find the time to get his right-wing, self-aggrandizing wisdom down in book form. I Am America (And So Can You) would make a perfect gift for any Stephen Colbert fans you know.
'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot - Book Review
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the story of a scientific revolution and a woman's family and how they are connected.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote - Book Review
Find out whether In Cold Blood is worth reading. This book review of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote covers what makes In Cold Blood a classic and whether In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is worth adding to your library.
'In the Garden of Beasts' by Erik Larson - Book Review
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson follows the story of an American diplomat in Germany just before World War II.
The Innocent Man by John Grisham - Book Review
The Innocent Man is John Grisham's first nonfiction book. The story of Ron Williamson's wrongful murder conviction and twelve years on death row, The Innocent Man is a story that takes place in America's justice system, but it is not a typical Grisham thriller.
'Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls' by David Sedaris - Book Review
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris is a collection of comic essays.
'Moonwalking with Einstein' by Joshua Foer - Book Review
Moonwalking with Einstein is part memoir, part pop psychology. Joshua Foer tells the story of winning the National Memory Championship, in the process explaining the history of memory and what is known about how memory works.
'Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs' by Deborah Willis & Kevin Merida
'Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs' traces Barack Obama's run for President through the Democratic Primary.
'Outliers' by Malcolm Gladwell - Book Review
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell investigates the causes of extreme success (outliers). Gladwell’s claim is that it is not primarily individual talent, hard work, or merit of any kind that causes success, but sheer circumstances and luck.
'Planet Earth: An Illustrated History' - Book Review
Planet Earth: An Illustrated History is a beautiful photo book that is full of information about the earth and universe.
'President Obama: The Path to the White House' - Time Commemorative Edition
Time's Special Commemorative Edition, 'President Obama: The Path to the White House,' features photos and stories from Obama's childhood and political life.
'The Reason for God' by Timothy Keller - Book Review
Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Church in New York, tackles the biggest objections to Christianity and builds a case for the rationality of belief in 'The Reason for God.'
'The Subprime Solution' by Robert Schiller - Book Review
The Subprime Solution: How Today's Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do about it by Robert Schiller is billed as an intelligent and original diagnosis of the root of today's economics problems. It is also hailed as visionary in its solutions for the current crisis. Find out if we agree
SuperFreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner - Book Review
SuperFreakonomics is the sequel to the best seller Freakonomics. Like the original, it is a provocative collection of surprising stories and observations.
'This Time is Different' by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogof…
This Time is Different by Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart is a detailed inquiry into the history of financial crises. It uses an original and exhaustive database to inform its various claims. At its core it argues that financial crises are common historical occurrences and that claims that financial crises are events of the past are wrong and signal trouble ahead.
U2 by U2 - Book Review
U2 by U2 is the ultimate book for any die-hard U2 fans. With more than 150 hours of interviews, U2 by U2 describes the music, the relationships and the evolution of the band in their own words.
'Unbroken' by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is a true survival story that was turned into a movie in 2014.
National Geographic's 'Visions of Paradise' - Book Review
National Geographic's Visions of Paradise brings together images that some of National Geographic's most renowned photographers consider glimpses of paradise.
'War' by Sebastian Junger - Book Review
War by Sebastian Junger -- From the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and Fire comes War, a unique take on the battle in Afghanistan through the eyes of a journalist who lived among the young soldiers fighting in the Korengal Valley.
'What the Dog Saw' by Malcolm Gladwell - Book Review
Malcolm Gladwell is perhaps known best for his non-fiction best-sellers Blink, The Tipping Point, and Outliers, but What the Dog Saw is a collection of the essays from The New Yorker that put him on the map. The topics range from ketchup to plagiarism to failure. They're each about 15-25 pages long, are self-contained, and can be read in any order.
'When I Was a Child I Read Books' by Marilynne Robinson
When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson is a collection of ten essays about democracy, American life and thoughtfulness.
'The Wisdom of Whores' by Elizabeth Pisani - Book Review
Elizabeth Pisani's 'The Wisdom of Whores' is a fascinating mixture of autobiography, exotic seedy adventure, and policy analysis. It is a witty, humorous page-turner that covers AIDS from angles most readers will have never considered.
Yes We Can: Barack Obama's History Making Presidential Campaign by Tufankjian
Yes We Can: Barack Obama's History Making Presidential Campaign by Scout Tufankjian is an artistic look at Obama's run for the Presidency in 2008.
'Zeitoun' by Dave Eggers - Book Review
Grab this book. It deserves to keep you reading through a dark night and into a hopeful morning. In Zeitoun, Dave Eggers expertly captures the Zeitoun family’s story of perseverance through forces of nature and man.