Sunday, April 23, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Apr. 23)

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 to the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Black Book
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Being a cop runs in Billy Harney's family. The son of Chicago's Chief of Detectives whose twin sister, Patty, also followed in their father's footsteps, there's nothing Billy won't give up for the job, including his life. Left for dead alongside his tempestuous former partner and a hard-charging assistant district attorney out for blood, Billy miraculously survives. But he remembers nothing about the events leading up to the shootout. Charged with double murder and desperate to clear his name, Billy retraces his steps to get to the bottom of what happened. When he discovers the existence of a little black book that everyone who's anyone in Chicago will stop at nothing to get their hands on, Billy suspects it contains the truth that will either set him free ... or confirm his worst fears.

#2: Thrawn
Author: Timothy Zahn
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: SF ZAHN
Summary: Traces the origins of Thrawn, one of the most ruthless warriors in the Galactic Empire, and the events behind his rise in the Imperial ranks.

#3: All By Myself, Alone
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: F CLARK
Summary: Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship. On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, 'Lady Em, ' as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise.

#4: One Perfect Lie
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M SCOTTOLINE
Summary: On the surface, it tells the tale of the struggling single mother of a high-school pitcher, a shy kid so athletically talented that he's being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But the mother fears that she's losing her grip on her son because he's being lured down a darker path by one of his teammates, a secretly disturbed young man from an affluent family, whose excellent grades and fun-loving manner conceal his violent criminal plans. Add a handsome stranger who comes to town and infiltrates the high school, posing as a teacher but with a hidden agenda all his own. The mix becomes combustible when a beloved faculty member turns up dead as a suicide, in circumstances equally consistent with murder. Only then is the true identity of the fake teacher revealed, and the single mother finds herself engaged in a battle for the future, the soul, and the very life of her only son. One Perfect Lie is a riveting and suspenseful family drama, and by the time you close the book, you will realize that nothing was as it seemed at the beginning.

#5: The Burial Hour
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M DEAVER
Summary: When the murder of a businessman has ties to a case in Naples, Italy, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs don't hesitate to join the search that has turned into a complex case of international cooperation.





Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Old School
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 070.92 ORE
Summary: You have probably heard the term Old School, but what you might not know is that there is a concentrated effort to tear that school down. It's a values thing. The anti-old school forces believe the traditional way of looking at life is oppressive. Not inclusive. The Old School way may harbor microaggressions.

#2: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 38
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.

#3: Hallelujah Anyway
Author: Anne Lamott
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 241.4 LAM
Summary: An exploration of mercy, its limitless, if sometimes hidden, presence, why people ignore it, and how people can embrace it.

#4: The True Jesus
Author: David Limbaugh
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: NOT HOUSED
Summary: The four Gospel stories are combined into a unified account.

#5: Killing the Rising Sun
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Weeks On List: 31
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.

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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