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.

FICTION:

19TH CHRISTMAS by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro:

In the 19th installment of the Women’s Murder Club series, detective Lindsay Boxer and company take on a fearsome criminal known only as “Loman.”

 

 

BLOODY GENIUS by John Sandford:

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

 

 

CHILD’S PLAY by Danielle Steel

A prestigious New York lawyer learns that the life she constructed for her children and herself isn’t exactly what she thought it was.

 

 

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.

 

 

FULL THROTTLE by Joe Hill:

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

 

 

THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes:

In Depression-era America, five women refuse to be cowed by men or convention as they deliver books throughout the mountains of Kentucky.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo:

After mysteriously surviving a multiple homicide, Galaxy Stern comes face to face with dark magic, murder and more at Yale University.

 

 

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.

 

 

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris:

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.

 

 

VINCE FLYNN: LETHAL AGENT by Kyle Mills:

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.

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN PARADISE by Elin Hilderbrand:

In the sequel to “Winter in Paradise,” Irene Steele visits the island of St. John to get to the bottom of the mysterious life and death of her husband.

 

 

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:

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.

 

 

BLOWOUT by Rachel Maddow:

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST by Samantha Power:

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.

 

 

LETTERS FROM AN ASTROPHYSICIST by Neil deGrasse Tyson:

In a hand-picked collection of 101 letters, the celebrity astrophysicist answers a vast array of questions from science to faith and Pluto.

 

 

ON TYRANNY by Timothy Snyder:

Twenty lessons from the 20th century about the course of tyranny.

 

 

OVER THE TOP by Jonathan Van Ness:

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

 

 

TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

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

 

 

UNITED STATES OF TRUMP by Bill O’Reilly:

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

 

 

WITCH HUNT by Gregg Jarrett:

The Fox News commentator offers his analysis of the Mueller Report.

 

 

YEAR OF THE MONKEY by Patti Smith:

A memoir by the musician and artist surveys events during 2016, including a visit to see dying friends and a sea change in the political landscape.

 

 

Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

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