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 One Device, by Brian Merchant -
How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company
ever? This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to
WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even
inside Shenhen's notorious "suicide factories."This is a firsthand look at how the
cutting-edge tech that makes the world work - touch screens, motion trackers, and even
A.I. - made their way into our pockets.
The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn, by Robert Watson -
The most horrific struggle of the American Revolution occurred just 100 yards off New
York, where more men died aboard a rotting prison ship than were lost to combat
during the entirety of the war. Moored off the coast of Brooklyn until the end of the war,
the HMS Jersey was a living hell for thousands of Americans either captured by the
British or accused of disloyalty. Throughout the colonies the mere mention of the ship
sparked fear and loathing of British troops. It also sparked backlash and ended up
rallying support for the war.
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.
Why, by Mario Livio -
Curiosity is at the heart of mystery and suspense novels. It's also essential to other
forms of art, from painting to sculpture to music. It is the principal driver of basic
scientific research. Even so, there is still no definitive scientific consensus about why
we humans are so curious, or about the mechanisms in our brain that are responsible
for curiosity. Mario Livio explores this irresistible subject in a lucid, entertaining way
that will captivate anyone who is curious about curiosity.