Hardcover

1. “Astrophysics For People in a Hurry” by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Museum Director and TV Host Astrophysicist, offers a short and sweet explanation of the nature of space and time.

2. “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate” by Al Franken

Former TV comedy writer and current U.S. Senator’s memoir of his Senatorial campaign and subsequent government service.

3. “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle” by Jeff Flake

The Arizona U.S. Senator offers a defense of traditional conservatism and how the current President is betraying it.

4. “Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam” by Mark Bowden

A riveting history of one of the war’s bloodiest battles, told from the perspectives of both South Vietnamese and Vietcong fighters.

5. “The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris” by Tom Sancton

94 year old L’Oreal heiress’ epic family drama of lawsuits, hidden secrets, divided loyalties, strained family relationships and the French government.

Paperback

1. “The Language of Letting Go” by Melody Beattie

Daily meditations for those struggling with codependency.

2. “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder

Thin volume of essays, warning of a new threat of totalitarianism in our country.

3. “The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts” by Joshua Hammer

Narrative account of a mild mannered archivist/historian and his heroic efforts to save ancient manuscripts from destruction by Islamic extremists.

4. “Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises” by Lesley M.M. Blume

Depiction of the genesis of the famous novel and how Hemingway created his own legend.

5. “Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution” by Nathaniel Philbrick

Narrative account of the political machinations, military jostling and treachery during the American Revolutionary War.

Children’s titles

1. “Salt to the Sea” by Ruth Sepetys

YA, ages 13-17. As WWII draws to a close, refugees trying to escape the war’s final dangers, find themselves on board a ship with a target on its hull.

2. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

YA, ages 14 and up. 16 year old straddles 2 worlds: her urban black home and her white suburban prep school. Issues of racism, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement are explored.

3. “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick”

Middle Reader, ages 11-17. Memoir of the young girl who was shot by the Taliban as she protested her right to education.

4. “Mary Anne Saves the Day: Full Color Edition” by Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier

Graphic Novel, ages 8-12. Most recent installment of the popular “The Babysitters Club.”

5. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie

YA, ages 12-17. National Book Award winner, the story of an adolescent Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live.