Saturday, August 27, 2016

New York Times Bestsellers List (Week of Aug. 28)

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 Underground Railroad
Author: Colson Whitehead
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F WHITEHEAD
Summary: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels.

#2: Sting
Author: Sandra Brown
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn't belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou.

#3: Curious Minds
Author: Janet Evanovich
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M EVANOVICH
Summary: A brand-new series introducing a fun and entertaining crime-solving team with great romantic chemistry--fiesty financial analyst Riley Moon and eccentric savant Emerson Knight. Riley Moon is a junior analyst at a mega-bank, when she uncovers what looks like an embezzlement scheme that could lead straight to the top. With his gold gone missing and analysts disappearing, famously eccentric Emerson Knight, the bank's biggest client, decides to take on his own investigation. With Emerson's laserlike focus and ability to see clues no one else sees, and Riley's financial-whiz mind and street savvy, this unlikely pair will uncover one of the biggest crimes of the century.

#4: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: M WARE
Summary: In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie's works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea.

#5: Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarty
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: F MORIARTY
Summary: Sam and Clementine have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. They're having tea with Erika, her oldest friend, and Erika's husband Oscar. A quiet break for tea turns into a last minute invitation to a barbecue with neighbors Tiffany and Vid, and all the couples' children. And a casual barbecue turns into a traumatic event. Two months later Clementine and Sam can't stop asking themselves the question:

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Author: Amy Schumer
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 SCHUMER
Summary: Amy Schumer, Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star, mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationship, and sex, and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is--a woman with the courage to bare her soul and stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend -- an unforgettable and fun adventure you wish could last forever.

#2: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 92 VANCE
Summary: Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.

#3: Armageddon
Author: Dick Morris
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: 324.973 MOR
Summary: The 2016 election is truly America's Armageddon--the ultimate and decisive battle to save America, a fight to defeat Hillary Clinton and the forces seeking to flout our constitutional government and replace it with an all-powerful president backed up by an activist judiciary that answers to no one. Already President Obama has moved America far down this path, and a President Clinton will act as his "third term," institutionalizing the excesses of the past eight years. In Armageddon , bestselling author and political strategist Dick Morris provides a winning game plan to take back the White House, and America.

#4: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 32
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: 58
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 -- moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police.

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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