New York Times Bestsellers February 2, 2020

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.



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



BLUE MOON by Lee Child:

Jack Reacher gets caught up in a turf war between Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.



CRISS CROSS by James Patterson:

The 27th book in the Alex Cross series. Copycat crimes make the detective question whether an innocent man was executed.



DEAR EDWARD by Ann Napolitano:

A 12-year-old boy tries to start over after becoming the sole survivor of a plane crash in which he lost his immediate family.



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.




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



THE GUARDIANS by John Grisham:

Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case.



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.



THE LAST WISH by Andrzej Sapkowski:

Linked stories follow the exploits of Geralt of Rivia, a monster-slaying mercenary.




An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.




Mickey risks her job with the Philadelphia police force by going after a murderer and searching for her missing sister.




LOST by James Patterson and James O. Born:

The new head of an F.B.I. task force takes on a crime syndicate run by a pair of Russian nationals.



A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT by David Baldacci:

When Atlee Pine returns to her hometown to investigate her sister’s kidnapping from 30 years ago, she winds up tracking a potential serial killer.



MORAL COMPASS by Danielle Steel:

Shortly after Saint Ambrose Prep goes co-ed, a student is attacked and the community falls apart.



OLIVE, AGAIN by Elizabeth Strout:

In a follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Olive Kitteridge,” new relationships, including a second marriage, are encountered in a seaside town in Maine.



THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King:

A detective investigates a seemingly wholesome member of the community when an 11-year-old boy’s body is found.



THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides:

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



SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid:

Tumult ensues when Alix Chamberlain’s babysitter is mistakenly accused of kidnapping her charge




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 WIVES by Tarryn Fisher:

A woman discovers something disturbing about her polygamist husband.




AMERICAN OLIGARCHS by Andrea Bernstein:

An investigative journalist traces the proliferation of the Trump and Kushner dynasties.



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.



THE BODY by Bill Bryson:

An owner’s manual of the human body covering various parts, functions and what happens when things go wrong.



THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE by Bessel van der Kolk:

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.



BOYS & SEX by Peggy Orenstein:

How young men comprehend cultural forces and navigate sexual and emotional relationships.



CATCH AND KILL by Ronan Farrow:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter details some surveillance and intimidation tactics used to pressure journalists and elude consequences by certain wealthy and connected men.



EDUCATED by Tara Westover:

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



JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson:

A law professor and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.




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



ME by Elton John:

The multi-award-winning solo artist’s first autobiography chronicles his career, relationships and private struggles.



SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari:

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.



SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden:

A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.



SUCCESSFUL AGING by Daniel J. Levitin:

A neuroscientist suggests using resilience strategies as we grow older



TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell:

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



TIGHTROPE by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors examine issues affecting working-class Americans.



UNCANNY VALLEY by Anna Wiener:

A millennial’s memoir is interwoven with a look at changes within Silicon Valley.



WHY WE SLEEP by Matthew Walker:

A neuroscientist uses recent scientific discoveries to explain the functions of sleep and dreams.



Have a great day!

Linda Reimer, SSL

Note: this list contains all the New York Times fiction and non-fiction bestsellers for the week that are owned by libraries within the Southern Tier Library System.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

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