Bestsellers at Readers' Books
Fiction: Week of 4/28
1. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles
Epic story of a former Russian aristocrat living under house arrest in a luxurious Moscow hotel, following the Bolshevik Revolution.
2. “The Overstory” by Richard Powers
From the former National Book Award winner, 9 central characters explore their relationship to nature, through the lens of environmental activism.
3. “Tangerine” by Christine Mangan
Debut novel; 2 former college best friends are reunited in 1950s Morocco in this psychological thriller.
4. “The Only Story” by Julian Barnes
A 19 year old boy and a mid 40s woman begin a long term affair in 1960s England; many years later, he reflects on the relationship and its aftermath.
5. “The Female Persuasion” by Meg Wolitzer
From the bestselling author of The Interestings, comes the story of a timid young female college student’s awakening under the mentorship of a feminist icon.
1. “Anything is Possible” by Elizabeth Strout
Collection of stories whose small town characters were introduced in the author’s previous novel My Name is Lucy Barton.
2. “The Little French Bistro” by Nina George
From the author of the bestselling The Little Paris Bookshop, a woman in her 60s flees an unhappy marriage and finds love and life’s meaning in a small village in Brittany.
3. “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid
Man Booker Prize finalist, 2 young people fall in love as their country is on the brink of a violent civil war and decide to leave their homeland and lives behind.
4. “Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz
A classic “whodunit” is updated in this chilling, ingeniously original modern day mystery.
5. “My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton” by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Historical fiction that portrays the wife of Alexander Hamilton; her life growing up in Revolutionary War-era New York and her loving marriage to the statesman.
Non Fiction and Childrens Books: Week of 5/5
1. “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership” by James Comey
The former FBI Director revisits conflicts between duty and politics under 3 former Presidents, as well as reopens the case of possible Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.
2. “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the election of Donald Trump” by Michael Isikoff and David Corn
Two veteran investigative journalists’ account of how Putin and Russia hacked the 2016 Presidential election as a covert operation to subvert American democracy.
3. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
Debut book from a recent Cambridge Ph.D., raised in rural Idaho without schooling by her survivalist parents.
4. “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing of Ourselves to Live Longer” by Barbara Ehrenreich
The feminist scholar offers insights into healthcare practices, revealing aggressive treatments are frequently at the cost of quality of life.
5. “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence” by Ronan Farrow
Recent Pulitzer Prize winner, the journalist and former diplomat explores the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership.
1. “South and West: From a Notebook” by Joan Didion
Extended excerpts from the notebooks kept by the author in the 1970s, giving an insightful view of the American political and cultural landscape.
2. “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics” by Daniel James Brown
9 working class boys from the American West show true grit at the 1936 Olympics.
3. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: In Her Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Helena Hunt
A collection of 300 quotes from the Supreme Court Justice.
4. “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder
Yale History Professor points out dangerous trends in current American politics.
5. “Jane Austen, the Secret Radical” by Helena Kelly
A reassessment of the writer, making the case that Austen has been misread for 2 centuries, revealing a subversive and daring writer.
1. “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
Illustrated, ages 3-7. A tale of new friends and their perfect snack.
2. “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” by Jill Twiss and Eg Keller
Illustrated, ages 4-8. A very special bunny falls in love with a boy bunny, sending the message of tolerance and democracy.
3. “Matilda” by Roald Dahl
Middle Reader, ages 8-12. Originally published in 1988, the story of a sensitive and brilliant young girl who uses her special gifts to save herself from the terrifying headmistress.
4. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle
Middle Reader, ages 10-14. Originally published in the early 1960s, one of America’s most beloved coming of age fantasy story and now a major motion picture.
5. “The Hammer of Thor” by Rick Riordan
Middle Reader, ages 8-12. Second installment, based on Norse mythology, featuring Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard.