Friday, August 19, 2016

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Aug. 21)

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: 2
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: Insidious
Author: Catherine Coulter
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F COULTER
Summary: In Washington, D.C., Venus Rasmussen, a very wealthy, elderly grand dame of Beltway high society, is in fear for her life, sure that someone is trying to kill her. The suspects are many and the repercussions dire, and Savich and Sherlock must race to find out if she's really in danger, or just delusional.

#3: Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarty
Weeks On List: 3
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: What if we hadn’t gone?

#4: Bullseye
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Snow blankets the avenues of Manhattan's exclusive Upper West Side. The storm is the perfect cover for a fashionable, highly trained team of lethal assassins as they prowl the streets, hunting their prey. But their first hit is simply target practice

#5: Three Sisters, Three Queens
Author: Philippa Gregory
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F GREGORY
Summary: When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined with Margaret's younger sister Mary to a sisterhood unique in the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 3
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.

#2: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Weeks On List: 31
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.

#3: Armageddon
Author: Dick Morris
Weeks On List: 4
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: Hillary's America
Author: Dinesh D'Souza
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 
Summary: Characterizes presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a Nixonian political gangster out to control the country's wealth, in a scathing critique that makes controversial claims about Clinton family corruption.

#5: Crisis of Character
Author: Gary J. Byrne
Weeks On List: 7
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."

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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