Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction


This Week's Spotlight:
Hardcover:
TRIDENT K9 WARRIORS 
by Mike Ritland with Gary Brozek

As Seen on "60 Minutes"!

As a Navy SEAL during a combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he’d found his true calling. Ritland started his own company training and supplying dogs for the SEAL teams, U.S. Government, and Department of Defense. He knew that fewer than 1 percent of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation’s elite combat units, and began searching the globe for animals who fit this specific profile. These specialized canines had to pass rigorous selection tests before their serious training could begin.

The results were a revelation: highly trained working dogs capable of handling both detection and apprehension work in the most extreme environments and the tensest of battlefield conditions. Though fiercely aggressive and athletic, these dogs develop a close bond with the handlers they work side by side with and the other team members. Truly integrating themselves into their units, these K9 warriors are much like their human counterparts—unwavering in their devotion to duty, strong enough and tough enough to take it to the enemy through pain, injury, or fear.

For the first time ever, Trident K9 Warriors gives readers an inside look at these elite canines—who they are, how they are trained, and the extreme missions they undertake saving countless lives, asking for little in the way of reward. From detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys, these powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and most highly skilled working animals on the planet.



Paperback:
WAKING UP IN HEAVEN
by Crystal McVea

Someday soon, one of my precious three-year-old twins is going to ask me the question “Mommy, what happened to you when you died?”

Someday they will overhear me telling my story to someone and want to know more about it. They will look at me with their big, innocent eyes and try to make sense of what they’re hearing. It isn’t always easy explaining what happened even to adults, so how am I going to explain it to my kids?

There is so much I want to share with them, so much I want them to know. You see, my story is one of hope and forgiveness and salvation, and of the glorious healing power of God’s presence. It’s the story of what I saw and what I learned when, during a hospital stay, I left my body for nine minutes and went to heaven and stood before God. And it’s the story of how, when I came back to Earth, my life was profoundly and permanently changed— changed down to the very core of my being.

But it is also a story that, for the longest time, I didn’t want to tell.


Ebook:
LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS
by David Sedaris

From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.

Sedaris remembers his father's dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy.

With Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why his work has been called "hilarious, elegant, and surprisingly moving" (Washington Post).
 

Top 5 Nonfiction:
Hardcover: 
1. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris
2. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
3. COOKED, by Michael Pollan
4. TRIDENT K9 WARRIORS, by Mike Ritland with Gary Brozek
5. DIRTY WARS, by Jeremy Scahill

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

Ebook:
1. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris
2. BRAIN ON FIRE, by Susannah Cahalan
3. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
4. PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander
5. COOKED, by Michael Pollan

Disclaimer: All blurbs are from Goodreads.com, all list come from NYTimes.com

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