Friday, May 26, 2017

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of May 28)

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: Into the Water
Author: Paula Hawkins
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: F HAWKINS
Summary: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from, a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

#2: No Middle Name
Author: Lee Child
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M CHILD
Summary: A collection of pulse-pounding Jack Reacher stories--one never-before-seen novella, plus eleven others collected for the first time in print--each with original introductions from the twelve-time #1 New York Times bestselling author.

#3: 16th Seduction
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: Detective Lindsay Boxer faces a heart-stopping threat in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller. Fifteen months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer's life was perfect--she had a beautiful child and a doting husband, Joe, who helped her catch a criminal who'd brazenly detonated a bomb in downtown San Francisco, killing twelve people. But Joe wasn't everything that Lindsay thought he was, and she's still reeling from the betrayal as a wave of mysterious, and possibly unnatural, heart attacks claim seemingly unrelated victims across San Francisco. As if that weren't enough, the bomber that she and Joe captured is about to go on trial, and his defense raises damning questions about Lindsay and Joe's investigation.

#4: Same Beach, Next Year
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: F FRANK
Summary: A chance meeting on the Isle of Palms, one of Charleston's most stunning barrier islands, brings former sweethearts, Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together again. Their respective spouses, Eliza and Carl, fight sparks of jealousy flaring from their imagined rekindling of old flames. As Adam and Eve get caught up on their lives, their partners strike up a deep friendship, and flirt with an unexpected attraction, of their own. Year after year, Adam, Eliza, Eve, and Carl eagerly await their reunion at Wild Dunes, a condominium complex at the island's tip end, where they grow closer with each passing day, building a friendship that will withstand financial catastrophe, family tragedy, and devastating heartbreak. The devotion and love they share will help them weather the vagaries of time and enrich their lives as circumstances change, their children grow up and leave home, and their twilight years approach.

#5: The Fix
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself.  Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling.  Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter--a family man with a successful consulting business--and his victim, a schoolteacher.  Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack. Enter Harper Brown.  An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case.  The murder is part of an open DIA investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren't cleared for it.  But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security.  Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government--or worse, an international terrorist group--and an attack may be imminent.  Decker's never been one to follow the rules, especially with the stakes so high.  Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: solving the case before it's too late.

Hardcover Nonfiction Top 5

#1: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: 523.01 DEG
Summary: The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

#2: Option B
Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Weeks On List: 4
Call Number: 155.937 SAN
Summary: The author's experience with grief after the sudden death of her husband, combined with social science on resilience.

#3: The Vanishing American Adult
Author: Ben Sasse
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 305.24 SAS
Summary: Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can't grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens.  He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body - and explains how parents can encourage them.  This book is a call to arms intended to ignite a much-needed debate about the link between the way we're raising our children and the future of our country.

#4: Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance
Weeks On List: 43
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. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

#5: Papi
Author: David Ortiz
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: 92 ORTIZ
Summary: David "Big Papi" Ortiz is a baseball icon and one of the most popular figures ever to play the game. As a key part of the Boston Red Sox for 14 years, David has helped the team win 3 World Series, bringing back a storied franchise from "never wins" to "always wins." He helped them upend the doubts, the naysayers, the nonbelievers and captured the imagination of millions of fans along the way, as he launched balls into the stands again, and again, and again. He made Boston and the Red Sox his home, his place of work, and his legacy. In Papi, his ultimate memoir, Ortiz opens up as never before about his life in baseball and about the problems he sees in Major League Baseball, about former teammates, opponents, coaches, and executives, and about the weight of expectation whenever he stepped up to the plate. The result is a revelatory, fly-on-the wall story of a career by a player with a lot to say at the end of his time in the game, a game to which he gave so much and which gave so much to him.

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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