A sport book recommendation: Soccer Without Borders: Jürgen Klinsmann, Coaching the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team and the Quest for the World Cup by Erik Kirschbaum

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A critic review (source Kirkus) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2gag03p.
Kirschbaum provides a welcome sketch of Klinsmann, a thoughtful man of the world who has for years lived in California and who cannot be pigeonholed as merely a European trying to remake American soccer in the Old World image.
Book description from amazon.com:
A GAME-CHANGING AND FASCINATING BOOK ON HOW TO USE WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO CREATE A WORLD-CLASS SOCCER TEAM, ABOUT ONE OF THE SPORT’S MOST ICONIC AND EFFECTIVE COACHES Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team, has become a household name after the United States’ unprecedentedly strong run at the 2014 World Cup. Klinsmann’s reputation is that of a maverick, of an unconventional leader who isn’t afraid to challenge traditional notions of coaching, and who will breathe new life into foundering programs through sometimes unpopular -but resoundingly successful -new tactics.In Soccer Without Borders, journalist Erik Kirschbaum lays out Klinsmann’s vision for making the U.S. men’s soccer team a dominant world power for the first time in its history. Featuring fascinating insights gleaned from Klinsmann’s decades of dedicated study – both as a professional striker and as coach of the German national team – this book is an immersive and unparalleled road map for how to build a winning team in the most competitive professional sport on the globe, as well as an infectious tribute to “the beautiful game” by one of its most adroit students.
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A current-affairs book recommendation: Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

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A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2d0GAGk.
Her narrative is so beguiling that a reader may overlook its weaknesses.
Book description from amazon.com:
The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America’s dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war. “One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Found­ers could ever have envisioned the modern national security state, with its tens of thousands of “privateers”; its bloated Department of Homeland Security; its rust­ing nuclear weapons, ill-maintained and difficult to dismantle; and its strange fascination with an unproven counterinsurgency doctrine. Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow’s Drift argues that we’ve drifted away from America’s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. To understand how we’ve arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today’s war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe. She offers up a fresh, unsparing appraisal of Reagan’s radical presidency. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower our political discourse. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seri­ously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a “loud and jangly” political debate about how, when, and where to apply America’s strength and power–and who gets to make those decisions.From the Hardcover edition.
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A nature book recommendation: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben

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A critic review (source The Sydney Morning Herald) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2ga3JMy.
All of which allows him to draw readers into “a wonderland”, as Tim Flannery writes in the foreword to the English-language editions of the book. “His deep understanding of the lives of trees reveals a world so astonishing that if you read his book, I believe that forests will become magical places for you, too.”
Book description from Google Books:
A forester’s fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other. In “The Hidden Life of Trees,” Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him.
The book is rated 4.21/5 at goodreads.com, from 1021 ratings. See 193 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2h5P2r0.
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A politics book recommendation: You Have the Right to Remain Innocent by James Duane

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A critic review (source NY Journal of Books) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2ga0e8L.
One of the best decisions you ever make could very well be to read this book. Professor James Duane explains all in a mere 120 pages. A word to the wise is sufficient.
Book description from Google Books:
Law professor James J. Duane became a viral sensation thanks to a 2008 lecture outlining the reasons why you should never agree to answer questions from the police–especially if you are innocent and wish to stay out of trouble with the law. In this timely, relevant, and pragmatic new book, he expands on that presentation, offering a vigorous defense of every citizen’s constitutionally protected right to avoid self-incrimination. Getting a lawyer is not only the best policy, Professor Duane argues, it’s also the advice law-enforcement professionals give their own kids. Using actual case histories of innocent men and women exonerated after decades in prison because of information they voluntarily gave to police, Professor Duane demonstrates the critical importance of a constitutional right not well or widely understood by the average American. Reflecting the most recent attitudes of the Supreme Court, Professor Duane argues that it is now even easier for police to use your own words against you. This lively and informative guide explains what everyone needs to know to protect themselves and those they love.
The book is rated 4.08/5 at goodreads.com, from 129 ratings. See 32 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2g9XfNv.
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A thriller book recommendation: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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A critic review (source NPR) can be read at: http://n.pr/2eybtTd.
…it attempts to be a procedural. Trouble is, good procedural mysteries involve well-developed characters and a good deal of atmospheric detail to keep readers engaged with and tied to the action. Without those things, this book feels slim.
Book description from Google Books:
I read this novel at one sitting, absolutely riveted by the storyline. The suspense was beautifully rendered and unrelenting! Sue Grafton, “””New York Times”””bestselling author of”””X””” Meticulously crafted and razor-sharp. THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR lingers long after you turn the final page. Harlan Coben, #1″New York Times”bestselling author of “Fool Me Once” ” “”Provocative and shocking. –Lisa Gardner, the”New York Times” bestsellingauthor of”Find Her” “How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even yourself? ” “People are capable of almost anything. . .” “A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .” Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.”
The book is rated 3.74/5 at goodreads.com, from 21129 ratings. See 2826 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2gVXJpX.
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A health book recommendation: The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier by Cathi Hanauer

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A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2g0h30X.
“Bitch 2” has a more mature and existential feel to it than “Bitch 1,” which makes it all the more jarring when a few of the essays come to trite conclusions. But in the stronger pieces, which often pop with subversive wit, the anger of the previous book has been replaced by a graceful reckoning…
Book description from Google Books:
More than a decade after the New York Times bestselling anthology The Bitch in the House spoke up loud and clear for a generation of young women, nine of the original contributors are back—along with sixteen captivating new voices—sharing their ruminations from an older, stronger, and wiser perspective about love, sex, work, family, independence, body-image, health, and aging: the critical flash points of women’s lives today. “Born out of anger,” the essays in The Bitch in the House chronicled the face of womanhood at the beginning of a new millennium. Now those funny, smart, passionate contributors—today less bitter and resentful, and more confident, competent, and content—capture the spirit of postfeminism in this equally provocative, illuminating, and compelling companion anthology. Having aged into their forties, fifties, and sixties, these “bitches”—bestselling authors, renowned journalists, and critically acclaimed novelists—are back . . . and better than ever. In The Bitch Is Back, Cathi Hanauer, Kate Christensen, Sarah Crichton, Debora Spar, Ann Hood, Veronica Chambers, and nineteen other women offer unique views on womanhood and feminism today. Some of the “original bitches” (OBs) revisit their earlier essays to reflect on their previous selves. All reveal how their lives have changed in the intervening years—whether they stayed coupled, left marriages, or had affairs; developed cancer or other physical challenges; coped with partners who strayed, died, or remained faithful; became full-time wage earners or homemakers; opened up their marriages; remained childless or became parents; or experienced other meaningful life transitions. As a “new wave” of feminists begins to take center stage, this powerful, timely collection sheds a much-needed light on both past and present, offering understanding, compassion, and wisdom for modern women’s lives, all the while pointing toward the exciting possibilities of tomorrow.
The book is rated 3.92/5 at goodreads.com, from 98 ratings. See 26 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2g0lmZZ.
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A cooking book recommendation: Bread Illustrated: A Step-By-Step Guide to Achieving Bakery-Quality Results at Home by The Editors at America’s Test Kitchen

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A critic review (source Publishers Weekly) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2gW1ITq.
With 1,000 photos and the expertise of the America’s Test Kitchen editors, this title might be the definitive book on bread baking.
Book description from Google Books:
In this comprehensive cookbook, America’s Test Kitchen breaks down the often intimidating art and science of bread baking, making it easy for anyone to create foolproof, bakery-quality breads at home. Many home cooks find bread baking rewarding but intimidating. In Bread Illustrated, America’s Test Kitchen shows bakers of all levels how to make foolproof breads, rolls, flatbreads, and more at home. Each master recipe is presented as a hands-on and reassuring tutorial illustrated with six to 16 full-color step-by-step photos. Organized by level of difficulty to make bread baking less daunting, the book progresses from the simplest recipes for the novice baker to artisan-style loaves, breads that use starters, and more complex project recipes. The recipes cover a wide and exciting range of breads from basics and classics like Easy Sandwich Bread and Fluffy Dinner Rolls to interesting breads from around the world including Lahmacun, Panettone, and Fig and Fennel Bread.
The book is rated 4.34/5 at goodreads.com, from 29 ratings. See 6 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2g0fMqu.
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A non-fiction book recommendation: The Voices Within by Charles Fernyhough

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A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2g06hYB.
…decided to investigate the phenomenon and his book, The Voices Within, is the intriguing result of his research.
Book description from Google Books:
We all hear voices. Ordinary thinking is often a kind of conversation, filling our heads with speech: the voices of reason, of memory, of self-encouragement and rebuke, the inner dialogue that helps us with tough decisions or complicated problems. For others – voice-hearers, trauma-sufferers and prophets – the voices seem to come from outside: friendly voices, malicious ones, the voice of God or the Devil, the muses of art and literature.In The Voices Within, Royal Society Prize shortlisted psychologist Charles Fernyhough draws on extensive original research and a wealth of cultural touchpoints to reveal the workings of our inner voices, and how those voices link to creativity and development. From Virginia Woolf to the modern Hearing Voices Movement, Fernyhough also transforms our understanding of voice-hearers past and present.Building on the latest theories, including the new ‘dialogic thinking’ model, and employing state-of-the-art neuroimaging and other ground-breaking research techniques, Fernyhough has written an authoritative and engaging guide to the voices in our heads.
The book is rated 3.35/5 at goodreads.com, from 31 ratings. See 7 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2gVW7fT.
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A fiction book recommendation: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2fInIwM.
It’s when she focuses not on the wide-angle aspects of her story, but on relationships — between parents and children, wives and husbands — that her writing is at its most potent. At those moments, we feel we are not getting a history lesson…
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“Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle’s women’s dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi’s has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and–with outstanding economy and force–captures the troubled spirit of our own nation”–
The book is rated 4.41/5 at goodreads.com, from 15283 ratings. See 2729 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2fIlixQ.
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A humour book recommendation: Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra

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A critic review (source NPR) can be read at: http://n.pr/2aFEAF5.
Throughout Multiple Choice, Zambra traffics in a depth of imagination and playfulness that is akin to a guessing game. As with many of his earlier works, he is content to play with, prod, and shake up the reader…
Book description from Google Books:
Originally published in Spanish as Facimil by Editorial Huerders, Santiago de Chile: 2014.
The book is rated 3.88/5 at goodreads.com, from 880 ratings. See 203 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2aEw1qV.
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