New York Times Bestsellers October 20, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the top New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the upcoming week.

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


BLOODY GENIUS by John Sandford:

The 12th book in the Virgil Flowers series. A fight between university departments turns deadly.



CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris:

A 16-year-old, who sleeps with a concentration camp commandant in order to survive, is sentenced to a Siberian prison camp where she cares for the ill.



THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett:

A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades.




A collection of short stories including two written with Stephen King: “Throttle” and “In the Tall Grass.”



THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE by David Lagercrantz:

Mikael Blomkvist helps Lisbeth Salander put her past behind her in the latest installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.



THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt:

After his mother is killed in a museum explosion, a young man grapples with the world alone while hiding a prized Dutch painting.



GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah:

A former prisoner of war returns from Vietnam and moves his family to Alaska, where they face tough conditions.



HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood:

In the Republic of Gilead’s dystopian future, men and women perform the services assigned to them.



HOLY GHOST by John Sandford:

Virgil Flowers investigates shootings in a Minnesota town following an attempt to revive its ailing economy.



IMAGINARY FRIEND by Stephen Chbosky:

After disappearing for six days, a boy emerges from the woods with a voice in his head that sends him on a mission.



THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King:

Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods.



A MRS. MIRACLE CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber:

A visitor helps the McCullough family beyond expectation during the holiday season.



THE ORACLE by Jonathan Cahn:

A traveler discovers mysteries hidden behind seven locked doors.



RED AT THE BONE by Jacqueline Woodson:

The long-lasting decisions young people make are explored through the history of a Brooklyn teenager’s family.



THE SECRETS WE KEPT by Lara Prescott:

During the Cold War, members of the C.I.A.’s typing pool aid its mission to smuggle the banned book “Doctor Zhivago” behind the Iron Curtain.




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



THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood:

In a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” old secrets bring three women together as the Republic of Gilead’s theocratic regime shows signs of decay.




Mexican cartels, ISIS and a possible pandemic bring Mitch Rapp back into action.



WATER DANCER by Ta-Nehisi Coates:

A young man who was gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved.




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




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.



BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton:

Profiles of women from around the world who have blazed trails and challenged the status quo.



BLOWOUT by Rachel Maddow:

The MSNBC host argues that the global oil and gas industry has weakened democracies and bolstered authoritarians.



CALL SIGN CHAOS by Jim Mattis and Bing West:

The former Marine infantry officer and secretary of defense recounts key moments from his career and imparts his leadership philosophy.



EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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




The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s journey from being an immigrant to being an activist outsider to serving in President Obama’s cabinet.



INSIDE OUT by Demi Moore:

The Hollywood star chronicles the rocky relationships, body image issues and public perceptions that affected her attempts to balance family and fame.



KNOW MY NAME by Chanel Miller:

A sexual assault victim reclaims her identity and challenges our culture and criminal justice system as they relate to this issue.



OVER THE TOP by Jonathan Van Ness:

How the hairstylist, comedian and “Queer Eye” star overcame ridicule and trauma.



PERMANENT RECORD by Edward Snowden:


A memoir by the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the government’s mass surveillance program.



TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

Famous examples of miscommunication serve as the backdrop to explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.




The conservative commentator weaves interviews and personal history to portray the power and influence of the 45th president.



Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

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