Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week ending January 20, 2019.

(Click on the book covers to read a summary of each plot and to request the books of your choice.)

FICTION:

AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones:

A newlywed couple’s relationship is tested when the husband is sentenced to 12 years in prison.

 

BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman:

Malorie must get her two young children 20 miles downriver to escape an unseen terror.

 

THE BOY by Tami Hoag:

Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard, a husband-and-wife detective team, investigate a boy’s murder and the disappearance of his babysitter.

 

CIRCE by Madeline Miller:

Zeus banishes Helios’ daughter to an island, where she must choose between living with gods or mortals.

 

DARK SACRED NIGHT by Michael Connelly:

Detective Renée Ballard teams up with the retired detective Harry Bosch, who is working on a cold case.

 

A DELICATE TOUCH by Stuart Woods:

The 48th book in the Stone Barrington series.

 

A DOG’S WAY HOME by W. Bruce Cameron:

A dog sets out across 400 miles of wilderness to find the man who rescued her as a puppy.

 

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman:

A young woman’s well-ordered life is disrupted by the I.T. guy from her office.

 

ELEVATION by Stephen King:

A man who is losing weight without getting thinner forms an unlikely alliance with his neighbors who are dealing with prejudices.

 

EVERY BREATH by Nicholas Sparks:

Difficult choices surface when Hope Anderson and Tru Walls meet in a North Carolina seaside town.

 

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin:

Set 300 years before the events of “A Game of Thrones,” this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

 

LONG ROAD TO MERCY by David Baldacci:

The F.B.I. agent Atlee Pine must choose between protecting her career or the United States’ democracy.

 

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty:

A romance writer becomes fascinated by the owner and director of a health resort.

 

ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by Josie Silver:

A woman spends a year searching for a man in London she believes — after a single glance — is her true love.

 

PAST TENSE by Lee Child:

Jack Reacher explores the New England town where his father was born.

 

THE RECKONING by John Grisham:

A decorated World War II veteran shoots and kills a pastor inside a Mississippi church.

 

TARGET: ALEX CROSS by James Patterson:

Alex Cross returns for the 26th book in the series bearing his name.

 

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

A concentration camp detainee tasked with permanently marking fellow prisoners falls in love with one of them.

 

VERSES FOR THE DEAD by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child:

Agents Pendergast and Coldmoon track a killer who removes hearts and leaves handwritten letters.

 

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens:

In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

 

NON-FICTION:

ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil deGrasse Tyson:

A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe.

 

BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou:

The rise and fall of Theranos, the biotech startup that failed to deliver on its promise to make blood testing more efficient.

 

BECOMING by Michelle Obama:

The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

 

BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS by Stephen Hawking:

A collection of essays from the late scientist’s personal archive that address 10 imponderables.

 

CALYPSO by David Sedaris:

A collection of comedic stories on mortality, middle age and a beach house dubbed the Sea Section.

 

CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY by Andrew Roberts:

A biography focusing on what motivated the war leader and how he learned from his mistakes.

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

 

FEAR by Bob Woodward:

Based on hours of interviews with sources, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes debates and decision-making within the Trump White House.

 

FIFTH RISK by Michael Lewis:

The author of “The Big Short” examines how the Trump administration staffs its federal agencies.

 

IN PIECES by Sally Field:

A memoir by the two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award winner.

 

KILLING THE SS by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard:

A look at the postwar manhunt for members of Hitler’s inner circle.

 

LEADERSHIP by Doris Kearns Goodwin:

The challenges that shaped the leadership abilities of four presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.

 

THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean:

The story of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library provides a backdrop to the evolution and purpose of libraries.

 

THE POINT OF IT ALL by Charles Krauthammer, edited by Daniel Krauthammer:

A collection of essays, speeches and unpublished writings by the late conservative columnist.

 

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

 

SHADE by Pete Souza:

Pictures of former President Obama are juxtaposed with tweets, headlines and quotes from the Trump administration.

 

Have a great day!

Linda, SSL

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