The non-fiction I missed reviewing during my gap:
The Achievement Habit – Bernard Roth – Forgettable.
The Speechwriter – Barton Swaim – Also forgettable
A Fighting Chance – Elizabeth Warren* – Brilliant book. Both a memoir and a easy to understand explanation of the great recession and what caused it. I liked Warren before I read the book. Now I’m convinced!
I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai* – I’m one of those people who thought Malala just happened to be shot because she was a girl attempting to get an education in a Taliban controlled area (which is brave enough). She was an activist long before the event that gave her international attention and an inspiration.
Unprocessed – Megan Kimble – I had high hopes for this book. It was good, but doesn’t really warrant more than a long magazine article.
Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin – Dreadfully boring.
If You Ask Me – Betty White – Fluff.
Completing College – Vincent Tinto – Very good. All the critical information in a brief format with plenty of backup. There is a reason Tinto is so well respected.