Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that ends May 5, 2019.

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

FICTION:

CELTIC EMPIRE by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler:

The 25th book in the Dirk Pitt series.

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

A fictional oral history charting the rise and fall of a ’70s rock ’n’ roll band.

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.

FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin:

The first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin:

In the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are mustering. Basis of the HBO series.

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles:

A Russian count undergoes 30 years of house arrest in the Metropol hotel, across from the Kremlin.

LOST ROSES by Martha Hall Kelly:

In 1914, the New York socialite Eliza Ferriday works to help White Russian families escape from the revolution.

MACHINES LIKE ME by Ian McEwan & Nan A. Talese:

In an alternative 1980s London, a love triangle develops between a couple and a synthetic human.

MIRACLE AT ST. ANDREWS by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge:

A former professional golfer visits the course in Scotland.

THE MISTER by E L James:

Maxim Trevelyan inherits several estates and overpowers his cleaner Alessia Demachi, an Albanian piano prodigy who has been trafficked into England.

NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney:

The connection between a high school star athlete and a loner ebbs and flows when they go to Trinity College in Dublin.

THE OVERSTORY by Richard Powers Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Nine people drawn to trees for different reasons fight for the last of the remaining acres of virgin forest.

REDEMPTION by David Baldacci:

The fifth book in the Memory Man series. The first man Amos Decker put behind bars asks to have his name cleared.

RUN AWAY by Harlan Coben:

A family is torn apart when the daughter becomes addicted to drugs and goes missing.

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

Theo Faber looks into the mystery of a famous painter who stops speaking after shooting her husband.

SOMEONE KNOWS by Lisa Scottoline:

A dark secret emerges when Allie Garvey returns home to attend a childhood friend’s funeral.

STAR WARS: MASTER & APPRENTICE by Claudia Gray:

The bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi is tested when they go on a mission to the royal court of Pijal.

TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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

THE TROUBLE WITH VAMPIRES by Lynsay Sands 

The 29th book in the Argeneau series. Santo Notte falls for a history professor in upstate New York.

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 WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn:

A recluse who drinks heavily and takes prescription drugs may have witnessed a crime across from her Harlem townhouse.

NON-FICTION:

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.

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah:

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”

EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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

FALTER by Bill McKibben:

How unchecked climate change, robotics and artificial intelligence threaten human existence.

K by Tyler Kepner:

The national baseball writer for The New York Times lobs the folklore behind 10 types of pitches.

LIFE WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME by Chelsea Handler:

The comedian chronicles going into therapy and becoming an advocate for change.

THE MATRIARCH by Susan Page:

A biography of the former first lady Barbara Bush, based on interviews and her private diaries.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist’s patient.

MOMENT OF LIFT by Melinda Gates: 

The philanthropist shares stories of empowering women to improve society.

NANAVILLE by Anna Quindlen:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist observes the joys of being a grandmother.

RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY by Ben Shapiro:

The conservative political commentator reflects upon what he considers most impactful to Western civilization.

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

SAVE ME THE PLUMS by Ruth Reichl:

A memoir by the former restaurant critic of The New York Times and editor in chief of Gourmet.

SHORTEST WAY HOME by Pete Buttigieg:

A memoir by the current mayor of South Bend, Ind., and the first openly gay Democratic candidate to run for president of the United States.

WORKING by Robert A. Caro:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer shares insights into his craft.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

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