Friday, February 24, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Feb. 26)

Many 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: Lincoln in the Bardo
Author: George Saunders
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F SAUNDERS
Summary: Visiting the grave of his recently deceased young son in 1862, Lincoln encounters a cemetery full of ghosts.

#2: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 293.13 GAI
Summary: Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds, delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants, and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly recreating the characters--the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions--and making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

#3: Echoes in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M ROBB
Summary: The chilling new suspense novel from the author of Brotherhood in Death. After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk. After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband--and walks into a brutal nightmare.

#4: Heartbreak Hotel
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F KELLERMAN
Summary: Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis investigate the death of Alex's most mysterious patient to date in the sensational new thriller from the master of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman.  At nearly one hundred years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history.

#5: Never Never
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Harriet Blue of the Sydney Police Department prides herself on an uncanny ability to catch the most deviant of criminals. So when her brother is charged with a brutal string of murders, it rocks her world. Shocked, in denial, and facing uncomfortable questions about how much she knew, Harry is transferred to avoid the media circus. Investigating the disappearance of a worker in an isolated mine deep inside the desolate Australian outback--the never never--she uncovers an insular society that has sprung up around the mine. It's a world full of easy money, plenty of immoral ways to spend it, and no shortage of suspects. Still reeling from her investigative failures back home, Harry must get to the bottom of the mine's mysteries before she vanishes into the wilds of the never never for good.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 30
Call Number: 92 VANCE
Summary: Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

#2: This Life I Live
Author: Rory Feek
Weeks On List: 1
Summary: The songwriter describes his difficult childhood, love for his wife, and her death from cancer in 2016.

#3: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 23
Call Number: 940.542 ORE
Summary: Portrays the events of World War II in 1944, when escalating Pacific battles between the forces of General MacArthur and the Japanese army lead to the development of humanity's deadliest weapon and President Truman's impossible choice.

#4: The Magnolia Story
Author: Chip & Joanna Gaines
Weeks On List: 18
Call Number: 92 GAINES
Summary: Sometimes the messiest stuff and the biggest mistakes can take you someplace wonderful. With the help of their hit TV show, Fixer Upper, the husband and wife team of Chip and Joanna Gaines have transformed the seemingly everyday work of renovating homes and flipping houses in Waco, Texas, into something much more. With their fun personalities, good humor, strong love of family, and unique design style, they've managed to capture the hearts of Americans from all walks of life. This first book also includes stories and photos from the childhood memories that shaped them and the twists and turns that led them to the life they currently share: on the farm with their four kids and countless farm animals, and in their ever-expanding roles as entrepreneurs, designers, and good neighbors.

#5: Big Agenda
Author: David Horowitz
Weeks On List: 2
Summary: A battle plan for the Trump White House.

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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