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BOOKSHELF: More Exciting Nonfiction Books for Possible Summer Readings


Compiled by Jamie H. Vaught

This is the second of a two-part series about recently published nonfiction books that you may enjoy reading this summer.


--"Arnie: The Life of Arnold Palmer" by Tom Callahan (Harper, $27.99) is a joyful biography about one of the country's greatest golfers. Palmer was a likeable gentleman with movie star good looks who had great relationships with sports fans. When Palmer passed away in 2016, it was front-page news in the U.S. The author, who knew Palmer well for many years, has managed to put together a nice 335-page volume filled with entertaining stories.


--"Two Paths: America Divided or United" by John Kasich (Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99) offers author's reflections from the 2016 presidential campaign and shares with readers his concerns for America and his hopes for the future. Kasich, who is currently serving his second team as the governor of Ohio, was a nine-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He ran against eventual winner Donald Trump for Republican Party's nomination in 2016.


--"Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy" by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Alfred A. Knopf, $25.95) is a 227-page hardcover that combines Sandberg's personal insights with Grant's research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Sandberg, who is currently chief operating officer (COO) at Facebook, discusses the grief and isolation she felt in the wake of her husband's death. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sandberg was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B. Co-author Grant is a psychologist who has been recognized as the top-rated teacher for five straight years at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


--"Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama" by David J. Garrow (William Morrow, $45) is a massive hardcover about Obama's fascinating life before his election to the presidency in 2008. The Pulitzer-Prize winning author, who is a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, spent nine years researching, interviewing more than 1,000 individuals and writing this 1,461-page epic of Obama's early years. This comprehensive biography revealed many unpublish