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:

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen:

Jessica Farris’s life unravels when she signs up for Dr. Shields’s psychology study.

 

THE BEST OF US by Robyn Carr:

The fourth book in the Sullivan’s Crossing series. Two women in the Culver family are confronted with opportunities for love in Colorado.

 

BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman:

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

 

CIRCE by Madeline Miller:

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

 

DAUGHTER OF WAR by Brad Taylor:

Pike Logan takes on dangers involving North Korea, Syria and a substance called Red Mercury.

 

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.

 

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.

 

THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR by James Patterson:

Three stories: “The House Next Door” (written with Susan DiLallo), “The Killer’s Wife” (written with Max DiLallo) and “We. Are. Not. Alone” (written with Tim Arnold).

 

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.

 

THE NEW IBERIA BLUES by James Lee Burke:

Detective Dave Robicheaux and his new partner Bailey Ribbons investigate the death of a young woman by crucifixion.

 

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty:

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

 

THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM by Marie Benedict:

Hedy Lamarr flees to Hollywood where she becomes a screen star and develops technology that might combat the Nazis.

 

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.

 

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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

 

THROUGH FIERY TRIALS by David Weber:

The 10th book in the Safehold series. A temporary peace gives way as international alliances change.

 

TURNING POINT by Danielle Steel:

Four American trauma doctors face difficult choices when they join a mass-casualty training program in Paris.

 

UNTOUCHABLE by Jayne Ann Krentz:

The third book in the Cutler, Sutter and Salinas series. Quinton Zane returns to dispose of Anson Salinas’s foster sons.

 

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.

 

THE WINTER OF THE WITCH by Katherine Arden:

The final book of the Winternight trilogy. The fate of two worlds depends on a girl who seeks to forge her own path.

 

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.

 

BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande:

The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

 

BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS by Stephen Hawking:

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

 

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

 

FACTFULNESS by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund:

A look at our biases and how the world is in a better state than we might think.

 

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.

 

THE FIRST CONSPIRACY by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch Flatiron:

The story of a secret plot to kill George Washington in 1776.

 

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann:

The story of a murder spree in 1920s Oklahoma that targeted Osage Indians, whose lands contained oil.

 

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.

 

THE TRUTHS WE HOLD by Kamala Harris:

A memoir by a daughter of immigrants who was raised in Oakland, Calif., and became the second black woman ever elected to the United States Senate.

 

WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo: 

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

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