Raven Rock, by Garrett M. Graff -
Every day in Washington DC, the blue-and-gold 1st Helicopter Squadron, codenamed
"MUSSEL," flies over the Potomac River. As obvious as the presidential motorcade, the
squadron is assumed by most people to be a travel perk for VIPs. They're only half right:
the unit exists to evacuate high-ranking officials in the event of a terrorist or nuclear
attack on the capital. In the event of attack, select officials would be whisked by
helicopters to a ring of secret bunkers around Washington, even as ordinary citizens are
left to fend for themselves. This is the eye-opening true story of the government's secret
plans to survive and rebuild after a catastrophic attack on U.S. soil.
I Can't Make This Up, by Kevin Hart -
Comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the
written word by writing some words. Some of those words include:
the, a, for, above, and
even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most
inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself
Old Yeller.
The Italians, by John Hooper -
How did a nation that spawned the Renaissance also produce the mafia? And why do
Italians have twelve words for coat hanger but none for hangover. This entertaining and
perceptive book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary
Italy and the unique character of the Italians.  
The Fall of the House of FIFA, by David Conn -
In 2015, FIFA - the multi billion dollar governing body of the world's most-loved sport -
was brought down by allegations of industrial-scale bribes, kickbacks, money
laundering, racketeering and tax evasion. Beginning with the early morning raids in
Zurich and the indictment of 27 executives by the US Department of Justice, the
rottenness at the core of FIFA seemed to extend throughout all of soccer, from the
decision to send the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar to lesser known
cases of embezzlement from Trinidad to South Africa.
Mean Dads for a Better America, by
Tom Shillue -
Tom Shillue takes us back to a time
when neighbors disciplined each other's
children without fear of being sued,
when kids made it to the table for
dinner, when parents' rules were
gospel, when the occassional fistfight
was considered a fair way to solve a
problem, and when children were free to
roam, make mistakes, and experience
the first tastes of independence.
Apollo 8, by Jeffrey Kluger -
In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States
would launch humankind's first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three
astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program
had suffered one setback after another. But when Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill
Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they
instantly signed on. Written with all the verve of the best narrative non-fiction,
Apollo 8
takes us from Mission Control to the astronauts' homes, from the test labs to the lunch
pad. The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the
was for a hair-raising adventure.