Friday, July 1, 2016

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 3)

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: End of Watch
Author: Stephen King
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F KING
Summary: In this book, the diabolical "Mercedes Killer" drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don't figure out a way to stop him, they'll be victims themselves.  In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened.  Something evil.

#2: The Girls
Author: Emma Cline
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F CLINE
Summary: Mesmerized by a band of girls in the park whom she perceives as enjoying a life of free and careless abandon, 1960s teen Evie Boyd becomes obsessed with gaining acceptance into their circle.  Evie, grateful for their charismatic leader's attention, the sense of family the group offers, and the assurance of the girls, is swept into their chaotic cult existence.  As things turn darker, her choices become riskier.

#3: Here's to Us
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Weeks On List: 2
Summary: Celebrity chef Deacon Rowe is struggling with addiction, depression, and not one, but two scandals.  As summer nears, he travels to the idyllic Eastern bluff of Nantucket, where he takes his own life.  In the shocking wake of Deacon's suicide, his first wife and childhood sweetheart, Laurel Rowe, sets out to gather Deacon's far-flung family - including Deacon and Laurel's son, and Deacon's other ex-wives and children - on the island.

#4: Tom Clancy: Duty and Honor
Author: Grant Blackwood
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: On Order
Summary: Even though he's on forced leave from the clandestine intelligence group known as The Campus, Jack Ryan, Jr., still finds himself caught in the crosshairs after an attempt on his life is thwarted when he turns the tables on his would-be dispatcher.  Convinced that the attack is linked to his recent covert actions with the convalescing Iranian national Ysabel Kashini, Jack sets out to find out who wants him dead, and why.

#5: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Weeks On List: 76
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots
Author: David Fisher
Weeks On List: 5
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.

#2: Hamilton: The Revolution
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Weeks On List: 11
Call Number: 792.642 MIR
Summary: This book offers a behind-the-scenes look of Hamilton the musical, detailing the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.

#3: Grit
Author: Angela Duckworth
Weeks On List: 8
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: 24
Call Number: 92 KALANITHI
Summary: 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.  He died in March 2015, while working on this book, that provides a look into his life.

#5: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Weeks On List: 50
Call Number: 92 COATES
Summary: In his trademark style, a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage, Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here.

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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