Friday, June 10, 2016

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 12)

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest reads.  Part of finding them is browsing the new York Times Bestsellers lists we make available at all locations.  Check out this blog entry to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Emperor's Revenge
Author: Clive Cussler
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F CUSSLER
Summary: Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon face their toughest challenge yet when a violent bank heist, during the Monaco Grand Prix, decimates the Corporation's accounts.  To get the money back, Juan joins forces with an old friend from his days in the CIA so they can track down a rogue hacker and a ruthless former Ukranian naval officer.  It is only after the hunt begins that the enormity of the plan comes into focus.

#2: Before the Fall
Author: Noah Hawley
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York.  Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plan plunges into the ocean.  The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter, and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.  Now, the fragile relationship between the two glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

#3: All Summer Long
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F FRANK
Summary: This is a story of people whose lives are changing - a southern gentleman returning home to a more peaceful life and his talented New York wife who is not quite sure she is ready to make the transition.  They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace, downsizing.  And while they are doing this, they are getting glimpses into other people's lives over the course of the summer, holidays that will amuse, shock, and transform them.

#4: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Weeks On List: 73
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning, flashing past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stopping at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck.  Their life, as she sees it, is perfect...until she sees something shocking.  It's only a minute until the train moves on, but now everything is changed.  Rachel goes to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in the lives of everyone involved.  Has she done more harm than good?

#5: After You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Weeks On List: 15
Call Number: F MOYES
Summary: How do you move on after losing the person you loved?  How do you build a life worth living?  Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life.  After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him.  When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can't help but feel she's right back where she started.  Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots
Author: David Fisher
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 973.3 FIS
Summary: The American Revolution was not inevitable, nor was it a unanimous cause.  It pitted neighbors against one another, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures.  Through the remarkable lives of the first Americans, this book reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the land into a war zone.  From the riots over a child's murder that led to the Boston Massacre, to the Continental Army's first victory under George Washington's leadership, to the little-known Southern guerilla campaign of "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion, to Benedict Arnold's audacious betrayal, Fisher explores them all.

#2: Hamilton: The Revolution
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Weeks On List: 8
Call Number: 792.642 MIR
Summary: Offers a behind-the-scenes view of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life as annotated by its creator, along with backstage photos, a production history, and interviews with the cast.

#3: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Author: Angela Duckworth
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: In this bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed - be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls "grit."

#4: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 21
Call Number: 92 KALANITHI
Summary: An exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question "What makes a life worth living."  At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.  One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live.

#5: The Gene
Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 616.042 MUK
Summary: From the bestselling author of "The Emperor of All Maladies," comes a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: what becomes of being human when we learn to 'read' and 'write' our own genetic information?

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover why they've become such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, get yourselves on the reserve lists and secure your spot in line.

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