I had to take this opportunity to look back. Since most of the books we feature are non-fiction I decided to showcase what the New York Times characterizes as the best of 2013. Of course your personal list may be slightly different as ‘the best’ is determined by the mind and the eye of the reader, which of course is you! Maybe you will find some of these on your ‘best of’ list or maybe you will put some on your ‘to read’ list. Either way, enjoy and stay tuned, I have a great book to kick off the New Year as we look ahead to fresh starts, growth and new beginnings. Happy New Year!
AFTER THE MUSIC STOPPED The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead by Alan S. Blinder
Blinder’s book on the financial meltdown of 2008 argues that it happened because of a “perfect storm”. Blinder criticizes and praises both the Bush and Obama administrations. Blinder claims their response to the near disaster was far better than the public realizes.
DAYS OF FIRE Bush and Cheney in the White House By Peter Baker.
With fairness and balance Baker tells the story of the several crises of the Bush administration. Baker acknowledging accomplishments but does not excuse errors. Baker, the chief White House correspondent for The Times, asks … Bush lead, or was he led by others?
FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital By Sheri Fink.
Fink takes you inside …. to the hellish days at a hospital during and after Hurricane Katrina. Desperate medical professionals were suspected of administering lethal injections to critically ill patients. This book asks questions and explores critical issues like, end-of-life care, race discrimination in medicine and how individuals and institutions break down during disasters.
THE SLEEPWALKERS How Europe Went to War in 1914 By Christopher Clark. Clark surveys the events leading up to World War I. He doesn’t single out any one nation or leader as the guilty party. He portrays the participants as “sleepwalkers,” not fanatics or murderers. He characterizes the war as a tragedy, not a crime.
WAVE By Sonali Deraniyagala. It was 2014, the day after Christmas. Deraniyagala called her husband to the window of their hotel room in Sri Lanka. She thought the ocean looked foamy and closer than usual. Within moments, it was upon them. Deraniyagala lost her husband, her parents and two young sons to the Indian Ocean tsunami. Her survival was miraculous, as is this memoir.