Friday, July 22, 2016

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 24)

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 Black Widow
Author: Daniel Silva
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SILVA
Summary: Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin, is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

#2: The Girls
Author: Emma Cline
Weeks On List: 5
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: First Comes Love
Author: Emily Giffin
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F GIFFIN
Summary: Meredith thought she'd done it all right - married the perfect man, had the perfect daughter - but as she grows increasingly restless, she can't help but wonder if she got the love part wrong. Josie has been happily single for years, but she wants a child of her own so much she's one bad Match.com date away from heading straight for the baby carriage all on her own. The sisters, whose relationship was strained by the tragic death of their older brother over a decade ago, find that they need each other more than they realized.

#4: Magic
Author: Danielle Steel
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F STEEL
Summary: A dazzling contemporary novel that vividly portrays the glamorous White Dinners that occur annually in Paris, and the ups and downs of three interconnected couples for whom the dinners have become a tradition. The White Dinner is a love poem to friendship, joy, elegance, and the monuments of Paris. And each year it is an unforgettable summer night, especially for Jean-Philippe Dumas, a longtime participant, and the three couples he's carefully selected to attend this exclusive and cherished event.

#5: The Games
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F PATTERSON
Summary: Two years ago Jack Morgan---the head of the renowned worldwide investigation firm Private--was in charge of security for the World Cup in Brazil. During the championship final, the action nearly spilled from the field into the stands. Fortunately, Jack and his team averted disaster on football's biggest stage.



Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Crisis of Character
Author: Gary J. Byrne
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 973.929 BYR
Summary: A former Secret Service official explores what he sees as "the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House, so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined, ... that governing was an afterthought."

#2: Hamilton: The Revolution
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Weeks On List: 14
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: Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots
Author: David Fisher
Weeks On List: 8
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.

#4: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Weeks On List: 53
Call Number: 92 COATES
Summary: For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him - most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of?  Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings.  In his trademark style Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here.

#5: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 27
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.

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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