Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 6–10 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
A Lucky Life Interrupted, by Tom Brokaw
Brokaw has indeed had a lucky life—a great marriage of more than 50 years, a well-regarded career of 22 years as a news anchor, and scores of friends. But his active life as news correspondent and sportsman was abruptly halted in 2013, when chronic back pain led him to the Mayo Clinic and an eventual diagnosis of multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.
Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, by David Axelrod and read by David Axelrod
Axelrod got bitten by the political bug in 1960 when JFK visited the youngster’s Lower East Side New York neighborhood. In this memoir, he touches upon his early years before chronicling his stint as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, where he quickly learned the machinations of Chicago politics.
Works Well With Others, by Ross McCammon
How to achieve success in the workplace is the gist of this humorously effective handbook, and the specific person to whom it is addressed is the person who often feels inadequate to the job they are doing (all of us?) or inadequate to even successfully getting through an interview to get that job.
The Marvels, by Brian Selznick
Caldecott Medalist Selznick has been creating acclaimed illustrated novels for years now, and his latest takes his groundbreaking narrative format to new heights. Whereas The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007) andWonderstruck (2011) wove together alternating illustrations and prose, The Marvels opens with a nearly 400-page wordless illustrated story before moving on to words.
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
In this brief book, which takes the form of a letter to the author’s teenage son, Coates, the justly acclaimed author of the family memoir The Beautiful Struggle (2008),comes to grips with what it means to be black in America today. On the basis of his previous writing, Coates is the ideal candidate to even attempt such an ambitious undertaking.