Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Who's On Top: Nonfiction

Top 5 Nonfiction:
Hardcover: 
1. Zealot, by Reza Aslan
2. This Town, by Mark Leibovich
3. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
4. Happy, Happy, Happy, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach
5. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
Spotlight:
A Street Cat Named Bob
By James Bowen 

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts.

A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.


Paperback: 
1. Proof Of Heaven, by Eben Alexander
2. Orange Is The New Black, by Piper Kerman
3. Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
4. The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
5. Quiet, by Susan Cain
Spotlight:
Lone Survivor
By Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive.

This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left-blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers.

A six-foot-five-inch Texan, Leading Petty Officer Luttrell takes us, blow-by-blow, through the brutal training of America's warrior elite and the relentless rites of passage required by the Navy SEALs. He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered American team plummeted headlong a thousand feet down a mountain as they fought back through flying shale and rocks. In this rich , moving chronicle of courage, honor, and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare-and a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

EBook: 
1. Zealot, by Reza Aslan
2. Orange Is The New Black, by Piper Kerman
3. This Town, by Mark Leibovich
4. If Loving You Is Wrong, by Gregg Olsen
5. If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name, by Heather Lende
Spotlight:
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name
By Heather Lende

Tiny Haines, Alaska, ninety miles north of Juneau, is accessible mainly by water or air--and only when the weather is good. There's no traffic light and no mail delivery; people can vanish without a trace; and funerals are community affairs. As both obituary writer and social columnist for the local newspaper, Heather Lende knows better than anyone the goings-on in this breathtakingly beautiful place. Her offbeat chronicle brings us inside her busy life: we meet her husband, Chip, who owns the local hardware store; their five children; and a colorful assortment of friends and offbeat neighbors, including aging hippies, salty fishermen, native Tlingit Indians, Mormon spelunkers . . . as well as the moose, eagles, sea lions, and bears with whom they share this wild and perilous land.


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

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