Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction 3/17-23/13

Spotlight Nonfiction Of The Week:
Hardcover Nonfiction:
By: Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins

Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history aad bestselling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise The Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history. She has coached an undefeated season, co-captained the first women's Olympic team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and has been named Sports Illustrated 'Sportswoman of the Year'.
She owes her coaching success to her personal struggles and triumphs. She learned to be tough from her strict, demanding father. Motherhood taught her to balance that rigidity with communication and kindness. She is a role model for the many women she's coached; 74 of her players have become coaches.
Pat's life took a shocking turn in 2011, when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, an irreversible brain condition that affects 5 million Americans. Despite her devastating diagnosis, she led the Vols to win their sixteenth SEC championship in March 2012. Pat continues to be a fighter, facing this new challenge the way she's faced every other--with hard work, perseverance, and a sense of humor.

 Paperback Nonfiction:
By: Tina Fey

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

E-Books Nonfiction:
By: Mitchell Zuckoff

"A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush impenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them a dame with great gams, for heaven's sake), a startling rescue mission. This is a true story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew--what an utterly compelling & deeply satisfying read!"--Simon Winchester

Former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides' Ghost Soldiers, Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor & David Grann's The Lost City of Z will be captivated by Zuckoff's masterfully recounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination & discovery in jungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII.

Top 5 Nonfiction Books Of The Week:
Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. SUM IT UP - By: Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins 
2. SALT SUGAR FAT - By: Michael Moss 
3. KILLING KENNEDY - By: Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard 
4. MY BELOVED WORLD - By: Sonia Sotomayor 
5. AMERICAN SNIPER - By: Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. PROOF OF HEAVEN - By: Eben Alexander 
2. AMERICAN SNIPER - By: Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice 
3. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL - By: Ben C. Carson and Candy Carson 
4. QUIET - By: Susan Cain 

E-Books Nonfiction:
1. AMERICAN SNIPER - By: Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice 
2. PROOF OF HEAVEN - By: Eben Alexander 
3. DRINKING AND TWEETING - By:  Brandi Glanville with Leslie Bruce 
4. LOST IN SHANGRI-LA - By:  Mitchell Zuckoff 
5. KILLING KENNEDY - By: Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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