Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that ends August 18, 2019.

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

FICTION:


ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein:

An insightful Lab-terrier mix helps his owner, a struggling race car driver.

ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane:

The lives of neighboring families in a New York City suburb intertwine over four decades.

BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate:

A South Carolina lawyer learns about the questionable practices of a Tennessee orphanage.

CHANCES ARE …by Richard Russo:

Three men in their 60s who met in college reunite on Martha’s Vineyard, where mysterious events occurred in 1971.

CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert:

An 89-year-old Vivian Morris looks back at the direction her life took when she entered the 1940s New York theater scene.

DARK AGE by Pierce Brown:

The fifth book in the Red Rising series.

LABYRINTH by Catherine Coulter:

The 23rd book in the F.B.I. Thriller series. Agents Savich and Sherlock wend their way through a maze of lies to get to the bottom of a secret.

LADY IN THE LAKE by Laura Lippman:

In 1966, a housewife becomes a reporter and investigates the killing of a black woman in Baltimore.

LAST HOUSE GUEST by Megan Miranda:

Avery Greer must fight the clock to clear her name and uncover her friend’s real killer.

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng:

An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

NEW GIRL by Daniel Silva:

Gabriel Allon, the chief of Israeli intelligence, partners with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, whose daughter is kidnapped.

NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead:

Two boys respond to horrors at a Jim Crow-era reform school in ways that impact them decades later.

ONE GOOD DEED by David Baldacci:

A World War II veteran on parole must find the real killer in a small town or face going back to jail.

THE RECKONING by John Grisham:

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

SMOKESCREEN by Iris Johansen:

The 25th book in the Eve Duncan series. A forensic sculptor faces dangers when she looks into an attack of African villagers by guerilla soldiers.

SOMEONE WE KNOW by Shari Lapena:

In a quiet suburb, a teenager has been breaking into homes and hacking into computers, while a woman is found murdered.

SUMMER OF ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand:

The Levin family undergoes dramatic events with a son in Vietnam, a daughter in protests and dark secrets hiding beneath the surface.

UNDER CURRENTS by Nora Roberts:

Echoes of a violent childhood reverberate for Zane Bigelow when he starts a new kind of family in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

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.

WILLING TO DIE by Lisa Jackson:

The eighth book in the Alvarez & Pescoli series. A doctor and his wife are found dead in separate beds.

WINDOW ON THE BAY by Debbie Macomber:

A single mom’s life takes unexpected turns when her two children go off to college.

NON-FICTION:.

AMERICAN CARNAGE by Tim Alberta:

Politico Magazine’s chief political correspondent narrates a decade-long civil war inside the GOP and Donald Trump’s concurrent ascension.

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.

BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates:

A meditation on race in America.

BEYOND CHARLOTTESVILLE by Terry McAuliffe:

The former governor of Virginia describes the forces and events behind the “Unite the Right” rally and suggests ways to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

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.

JUSTICE ON TRIAL by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino:

The conservative authors give their take on the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson:

A civil rights lawyer and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb:

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

THE MOMENT OF LIFT by Melinda Gates:

The philanthropist shares stories of empowering women to improve society.

THE MUELLER REPORT with related materials by The Washington Post: 

Redacted findings from the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential obstruction of justice by the president.

THE PIONEERS by David McCullough:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.

THE RANGE by David Epstein:

An argument for how generalists excel more than specialists, especially in complex and unpredictable fields.

SECOND MOUNTAIN by David Brooks:

A New York Times Op-Ed columnist espouses having an outward focus to attain a meaningful life.

SIGNS by Laura Lynne Jackson:

A medium details potential ways the deceased may speak to us through everyday events.

THREE WOMEN by Lisa Taddeo:

The inequality of female desire is explored through the sex lives of a homemaker, a high school student and a restaurant owner.

UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS by Mark R. Levin:

The conservative commentator and radio host makes his case that the press is aligned with political ideology.

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

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