Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction




This Week's Spotlight
Hardcover: 
NO EASY DAY 
by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer

For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moment

From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group--commonly known as SEAL Team Six--has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines.

No Easy Day puts readers alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the twenty-four-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen's life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death, is an essential piece of modern history.

In No Easy Day, Owen also takes readers onto the field of battle in America's ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military. Owen's story draws on his youth in Alaska and describes the SEALs' quest to challenge themselves at the highest levels of physical and mental endurance. With boots-on-the-ground detail, Owen describes numerous previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11. In telling the true story of the SEALs whose talents, skills, experiences, and exceptional sacrifices led to one of the greatest victories in the War on Terror, Mark Owen honors the men who risk everything for our country, and he leaves readers with a deep understanding of the warriors who keep America safe.


Paperback:
WILD
by Cheryl Strayed

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—-and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—-and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.(

 
E-book:
ALL SOULS 
by Michael MacDonald

Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in "the best place in the world"--the Old Colony projects of South Boston--where 85% of the residents collect welfare in an area with the highest concentration of impoverished whites in the U.S. In All Souls, MacDonald takes us deep into the secret heart of Southie. With radiant insight, he opens up a contradictory world, where residents are besieged by gangs and crime but refuse to admit any problems, remaining fiercely loyal to their community. MacDonald also introduces us to the unforgettable people who inhabit this proud neighborhood. We meet his mother, Ma MacDonald, an accordion-playing, spiked-heel-wearing, indomitable mother to all; Whitey Bulger, the lord of Southie, gangster and father figure, protector and punisher; and Michael's beloved siblings, nearly half of whom were lost forever to drugs, murder, or suicide. By turns explosive and touching, All Souls ultimately shares a powerful message of hope, renewal, and redemption.


Top 5 Nonfiction Books:
Hardcover:
1. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
2. SALT SUGAR FAT, by Michael Moss
3. SUM IT UP, by Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins
4. KILLING KENNEDY, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
5. MY BELOVED WORLD, by Sonia Sotomayor


Paperback:
1. PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
2. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, by Ben C. Carson and Candy Carson
3. WILD, by Cheryl Strayed
4. AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
5. QUIET, by Susan Cain

 E-book:
1. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
2. PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
3. SALT SUGAR FAT, by Michael Moss
4. KILLING KENNEDY, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
5. BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey



Disclaimer: Blurbs come from Goodreads.com, list come from NYTimes.com

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