nonfiction

A child of wealth and privilege possessing unlimited will and ambition, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, seemed destined for the presidency. The nation he lead was large in population, rich in resources, committed to a universal ideology of liberal democracy, and destined for grand geopolitical power. A man and a nation were each poised on the brink of greatness. FDR's twelve years in The White House culminated in what can justly be called an 'American century'. This convergence of individual and national destinies created a large and complex story that remains essential to our understanding the world in which we live in today. 

Nonfiction
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Black Flags: The Rise Of ISIS by Joby Warrick
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Fiction
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The First Bad Man by Miranda July

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  There are those of us who help and those of us who live to help; how far would you go to do onto others? In the new book Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help, New Yorker writer, Larissa MacFarquhar digs deep into the psychological roots and existential dilemmas motivating those rare individuals practicing lives of extreme ethical commitment. She seeks out  people who devote themselves fully to bettering the lives of strangers. 

  Even with last week's terror attack, Paris is still the City of Light. Luc Sante wants us to remember that Paris has a history of the city of the poor, the eccentric, the outcast, the willfully nonconforming. In his book The Other Paris, gives us a panoramic view of that second metropolis, which has nearly vanished but whose remains in the bricks and stones of the contemporary city, in the culture of the city itself, and by extension, around the world.