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with a wholesale price of $1,200. She builds
her case with one damning statistic after another. For example, each year the American
Medical Association spends more than $20
million on lobbying—and the healthcare
industry spends $15 billion on advertising.
After laying out the problem, Rosenthal presents solutions both personal and societal in
this commanding and necessary call to arms.
The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work
Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental
Relationship, and Become the Badass
Babe You Were Meant to Be.
By Ann Shoket.
Mar. 2017. 256p. Rodale, $24.99 (9781623368241);
e-book (9781623368258). 338.7.
For readers who are eager to make a mark
on the world, Shoket, author of several
Seventeen beauty and style guides as well as the
magazine’s former editor in chief, has plenty
of tips. Stemmed from her own drive to not
only succeed but to live life to the fullest,
Shoket’s self-help guidebook for millennial
women, in particular, provides a steady reading journey on how to get it all: the dream
job, the supportive significant other, and
the money to support a fabulous lifestyle.
It’s jam-packed with fun and effective do-it-yourself must-tries, including hosting a
“badass babes dinner” (consisting of good
food, fun playlists, and conversation that
gets participants thinking: “What’s my passion project?”), along with tips from other
women to help sort out the hard stuff (like if
your job isn’t eager to support your growth,
it’s time to move on). With a friendly
tone and avid advice, this quick read will
have readers amped up for that new life
path faster than it takes to turn the page.
YA: Friendly, easy-to-read language and
thought-provoking messages make this
ideal for teens seeking positive advice for
being the best they can be. CC.
Down City: A Daughter’s Story of
Love, Memory, and Murder.
By Leah Carroll.
Mar. 2017. 240p. illus. Grand Central, $26 (9781455563319);
e-book, $12.99 (9781455563302). 361.452.
When Carroll was four, her mother was
missing for several months before her body was
found, off the side of a highway a state away
from their home in Rhode Island. Years later,
her father, long suffering from depression and
alcoholism, was gone, too.
For the traumatic parental
losses, Carroll divides her
first book into two parts: her
long-simmering inquiry into
the murder of the mother she
barely knew and her account
of the brilliant, charming,
Vietnam-veteran father she
watched diminish. In recording the outsize
tragedies of her small family, Carroll maps the
social topography of her small state (“down
city” denotes a Providence neighborhood),
contextualizes organized crime’s power there—
as well as its involvement in her mother’s
death—and tells an intersecting story of print
journalism’s significance and demise. Using the
present tense to narrate past experiences, Carroll grasps fleeting moments and memories
with confidence and disarming delicacy. We’re
witness to her animal-loving, addiction-addled
mother, an amateur photographer whose
photos Carroll includes here; her handsome,
beguiling newspaperman father; and young
Carroll herself, writing poetry through the
classes she’s flunking. So rich in mood, feeling,
and genuine love, this investigative memoir is a
true tribute. —Annie Bostrom
The Hippies: A 1960s History.
By John Anthony Moretta.
Mar. 2017. 400p. McFarland, paper, $45
From the civil rights movement to the
Vietnam War, the New Frontier to the Great
Society, the 1960s was a decade like no
other. At its vanguard were the hippies, idealistic seekers of alternative ways, the direct
descendants of the Beat generation’s hipsters.
Imbibers of LSD and marijuana, proponents
of free speech and free love, critics of the politicians who ruled them and the parents who
raised them, hippies were a countercultural
youth subculture whose message of peace,
love, and understanding sounded idyllic but
was, in reality, hard to sustain. Through the
infamous Summer of Love to the incendiary 1968 Democratic Convention, from the
muddy mayhem of Woodstock to the murderous rampage at Altamont, the growth of
the hippie movement shocked the status quo
and left a legacy still felt in music, arts, politics, and personal growth. In this exemplary
treatise on the vast reaches and deep roots of
a defining movement, Moretta offers a probing and potent work of cultural anthropology
that captures the essence of the youthful energy that changed a nation and influenced the
world. —Carol Haggas
The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story
of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That
Changed the World.
By Sharon Weinberger.
Mar. 2017. 496p. Knopf, $30 (9780385351799). 355.
From Bond-worthy cigarette lighters–
cum–spy cameras to sleek, radar-defying
military aircraft, the inventions produced
by the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA) have, in many ways, impacted nearly every facet of contemporary
life. The history of this relatively unknown
Pentagon agency traces its origins to the
1950s U.S.-Russia space race, and its applications have been tested on battlefields
from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Not merely
the stuff of spy craft or warfare, DARPA’s
scientific and technological innovations may
have had national defense and security inspiration, but their influence reaches far beyond
the battlefield. Case in point: ARPANET,
the cumbersome acronym for the military’s
linked computer network, which became the
foundation for today’s Internet. But for every stellar success, there were abject failures,
such as the carcinogenic defoliant Agent Orange, used in the Vietnam War. Exploring
silly schemes as well as sensible ideas, distinguished military science and technology
expert Weinberger profiles the crusaders who
thought outside the box in service to their
country and their own limitless creativity. A
fascinating and defining behind-the-scenes
look at the confluence of defense politics and
technological prowess. —Carol Haggas
Perfect Strangers: Friendship, Strength,
and Recovery after Boston’s Worst Day.
By Roseann Sdoia and Jennifer Jordan.
Mar. 2017. 256p. PublicAffairs, $26 (9781610397001).
The 2013 Boston Marathon’s terrorist
bombings reverberate still. Four people—
strangers thrown together by the 118th
Marathon bombs that killed three and injured 264—formed strong bonds and now
consider themselves “family.” Marathon
runner Sdoia, who lost a leg in the attack,
with award-winning Jordan (Last Man on the
Mountain, 2010), shares not only her own
story but the group’s. College student Shores
Shelter ran into the mayhem and saved Sdoia
with an improvised tourniquet; BPD’s Shana Cottone got her into a paddy wagon for
transport to Mass General, riding up front;
and BFD’s Mike Materia, who loved working race day and was experienced from his
service in Iraq, rode in back with Sdoia,
providing comfort, eventually establishing a GoFundMe social-media page for her
medical expenses and helping locate Shores.
Sdoia and other marathon casualties were
the Spaulding Rehab Center’s first patients,
and their visitor list became “something of
a legend.” Sdoia expresses her understanding
of how trauma shapes people differently and
how their connection, strengthened by loss,
has provided a key constant and comfort in
four lives. — Whitney Scott
• Young adult recommendations for
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reviewed in this issue have been
contributed by the Booklist staff and
by reviewers Poornima Apte, Michael
Cart, Laura Chanoux, Carissa Chesanek, Courtney Eathorne, Kristine
Huntley, Biz Hyzy, Jesse Karp,
Bethany Latham, June Sawyers, and
• Adult titles recommended for teens are
marked with the following symbols: YA,
for books of general YA interest; YA/C,
for books with particular curriculum
value; YA/S, for books that will appeal
most to teens with a special interest in
a specific subject; and YA/M, for books
best suited to mature teens.