1. “Grant” by Ron Chernow
Pulitzer Prize winning biographer’s comprehensive account of the Civil War general and U.S. President.
2. “Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York” by Roz Chast
Graphic novel from The New Yorker cartoonist, giving glimpses of the finer, obscure and loony aspects of the Manhattan landscape.
3. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The essential universe, explained by the TV show host/Director of the Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium.
4. “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose” by Joe Biden
The former Vice President splices together a heartbreaking narrative of his son’s death, with an election and a foreign affairs story.
5. “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit” by Chris Matthews
The MSNBC anchor’s biography of RFK, revealing the role he played in his brother JFK’s success, and his own life in politics.
1. “The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds” by Michael Lewis
Story of 2 Israeli psychologists, the pioneering and influential research on the human decision making process they undertook, and their unlikely friendship.
2. “George Lucas: A Life” by Brian Jay Jones
From the biographer of The Muppets’ Jim Henson, depicts the life and times of the iconic and influential filmmaker, most notably of the Star Wars franchise.
3. “Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime” by Ben Blum
True crime saga of a young Army Ranger, about to deploy to Iraq, commits armed robbery; an examination of the young soldier’s motivations and subsequent suspicions surrounding the crime.
4. “Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to Attack” by Steve Twomey
Compelling account of the immediate prelude to the infamous day in December, 1941.
5. “Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations” by Thomas L. Friedman
The NY Times columnist examines how globalism, technology and climate change are accelerating, and their effects on our lives.
1. “The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney
Graphic Novel, ages 8-12. Latest installment of the popular Heffley family adventures.
2. “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio
Middle Reader, ages 8-12. 10 year old boy born with extreme facial abnormalities, enters private school after being home schooled all his life. Now out as a major motion picture.
3. “The Bad Mood and the Stick” by Lemony Snicket
Illustrated, ages 4-8. From the bestselling author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books, a bad mood goes from one person to another by a stick dropped from a tree; a story that celebrates generosity, community and the workings of fate.
4. “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green
Young Adult, ages 14 and up. Empathetic novel of the emotional journey of a high school junior into her world of mental illness.
5. “The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage” by Bill Pullman
Science Fiction, ages 14 and up. Book 1 of the latest trilogy, from the bestselling author of the “Dark Materials” trilogy.