Book List


Winning Elections in the 21st Century
by Dick Simpson and Betty O’Shaughnessy
A how-to handbook for candidates and campaign staffers that explains how to combine modern technology with old-fashioned campaign tactics to win an election.

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi
by Mitchell Zuckoff
Mesmerizing account of the loss of four Americans, including the US Ambassador to Libya, in the terrorist attack on the US compound in Benghazi. Based on the accounts of the survivors.

Head in the Cloud:
Why Knowing Things Still Maters When Facts Are So Easy to Look Up
by William Poundstone
The author discusses the value of real knowledge as opposed to the ease with which facts can be Googled.

The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago ad American Segregation
by Natalie Moore
Author is a Chicago reporter who tells her story about growing up on the south side of Chicago and later becoming a gentrifier herself.

The South Side: The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood
by Louis Rosen

House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris ad Wretched Excess on Wall Street
by William D. Cohan

Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics In Modern Muslim Societies
Islam and Democracy: Fear of the Modern World
by Fatima Mermissi

Other People’s Money And How the Bankers Use It
by Louis D. Brandeiis

The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition
by Michael Shuman

Cracks in the Pavement: Social Change and Resilience in Poor Neighborhoods
by Martin Sanchez-Jankowski

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
by Maria Konnikova

Olives and Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Beyond
by Sara Jenkins

Martha Stewart’s Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Small Plates, and Other Delicious Hors D’oeuvres, Plus 30 Cocktails
by Martha Stewart

How Much is Enough? Money & The Good Life
by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky

Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
by Robert A. Caro
(Vol. 2 of Caro’s four-volume account of Johnson’s life)

The Age of the Unthinkable
by Joshua Cooper Ramo

1913: The Year Before the Storm
by Florian Illies
(A brief history of the European world before World War I.)

Doing Sixty and Seventy
by Gloria Steinem
(The writer and feminist reflects on the past 20 years of her life)

The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Time of Crisis
by Ira Shapiro
(Remember when Senators could cooperate in the nation’s interest?)

America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By
by Akhil Reed Amar

The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society
by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

A History of Food in 100 Recipes
by William Sitwell

Habits of the Heart
by Robert Bellah, et al.

The Coming of the Third Reich
The Third Reich in Power, 1933-1939
The Third Reich at War
by Richard J. Evans
(Three-volume history of the Nazi rise to power, the years of conquest, and final defeat)

A House for All Peoples: Ethnic Politics in Chicago 1890 – 1936
by John M. Allswang

The Torch is Passed: The United States in the 20th Century
by Forrest McDonald
(The U.S. from the 1880s to the Johnson years)

Diary of a Mad Diva

I Hate Everybody
by Joan Rivers


City of Secrets
by Stewart O’Nan
Freedom fighters or terrorists?: Terrific suspense novel about the founding of Israel.

I Am No One
by Patrick Flannery
Scary first-person narrative about a college professor who begins receiving unmarked packages containing the records of his life: his online searches, emails, photos, and financial records. Is he under surveillance–or losing his mind? This novel will make you think about how the attacks of September 11 have changed our perceptions of security–and how much of our privacy we’ve become willing to sacrifice for the illusion that only the guilty need fear anonymous watchers.

The Devotion of Suspect X
Salvation of a Saint
by Keigo Higashino
(Stunning murder mysteries set in modern Japa)

The Financier
by Theodore Dreiser

What Came Before He Shot Her
by Elizabeth George
(The heartbreaking life story of the 12-year-old boy who murdered Inspector Lynley’s wife)

Death by Tea
by Alex Erickson
(A murder mystery with an engaging heroine – actually, her cat steals the show)

The Coroner’s Lunch
by Colin Cotterill
(A 72-year-old physician forced to act as coroner for the Pathet Lao, Dr. Siri spends as much time investigating mysterious deaths as he does coping with the absurdities of political correctness in mid-1970s Laos)

Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog)
by Jerome K. Jerome
(Over 100 years old and still a best-seller)

A Study in Scarlet
His Last Bow
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Case of the Velvet Claws The Case of the Lucky Legs
The Case of the Howling Dog
The Case of the Counterfeit Eye
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop
The Case of the Caretaker’s Cat
by Earle Stanley Gardner
(Perry Mason mysteries)

The Hamish MacBeth Mysteries
by M.C. Beaton
(Murder mysteries set in a village in the Scottish Highlands and featuring the adventures of the village constable, Hamish MacBeth)

by Len Deighton
(Novel about a family in Berlin destroyed by World War II)