New York Times Bestsellers May 2, 2021

Hi everyone, here is the weekly list of New York Times Bestsellers.

Each title is followed by a listing of which formats it is available in for check out within the three catalogs: StarCat (Print, Large Print & CD Audiobooks), The Digital Catalog (eBook & Downloadable Audiobook) and the Hoopla Catalog (Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Hoopla Audiobook).

For more information on the three catalogs skip to the section below the bestselling titles*

New York Times Bestseller blog postings are published on Sundays; and the next New York Times Bestselling blog posting will be published on Sunday, May 2, 2021.



(Available Formats: Print Book)

The fourth book in the Terminal List series. James Reece is given a top-secret C.I.A. mission.

THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

As dust storms roll during the Great Depression, Elsa must choose between saving the family and farm or heading West.

GOOD SISTER by Sally Hepworth

(Available Formats: Print Book)

Past secrets come up when Fern decides to pay back her twin sister, Rose, by having a baby for her.

THE HILL WE CLIMB by Amanda Gorman

(Available Formats: Print, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The poem read on President Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day, by the youngest poet to write and perform an inaugural poem.


(Available Formats: Print Books, Large Print, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.

KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro

(Available Formats: Print Book & Downloadable Audiobook)

An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14-year-old girl.

LATER by Stephen King

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook coming soon)


An N.Y.P.D. detective asks the son of a struggling single mother to use his unnatural ability to track a killer.

LIFE AFTER DEATH by Sister Souljah

(Available Formats: Print Book)

In a sequel to “The Coldest Winter Ever,” Winter Santiaga emerges after time served and seeks revenge.


(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & Downloadable Audiobooks)

Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

NORTHERN SPY by Flynn Berry

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The sister of a BBC producer may have joined the Irish Republican Army.

OCEAN PREY by John Sandford

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD audiobook & eBook)

The 31st book in the Prey series. When federal officers are killed, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers team up to investigate matters.

THE RED BOOK by James Patterson and David Ellis

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook & eBook)

The second book in the Black Book thriller series. Chicago detective Billy Harney investigates his own past.

THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook coming shortly)

Rose Code
As a post-World War II royal wedding approaches, an encrypted letter resurrects an alliance between three female code breakers.

THE SONGS OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook & Audiobook)


 A reimagining of Homer’s “Iliad” that is narrated by Achilles’ companion Patroclus.

STARGAZER by Anne Hillerman

(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Can Leaphorn give Chee and Manuelito the guidance they need to find the justice they seek?


(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD audiobook, eBook & downloadable Audiobook)

The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity but their fates intertwine.


(Available Formats: Print Book & CD Audiobook)

Personal tragedy ushers a missing persons detective back to where she grew up and onto a new case.


(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

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

WIN by Harlan Coben

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Windsor Horne Lockwood III might rectify cold cases connected to his family that have eluded the F.B.I. for decades.



(Available Formats: Print Book)

The lawyer and artist, who is the son of the current president, details tragedies within his family and his path to sobriety.

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

THE BODY by Bill Bryson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

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

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook, Downloadable Audiobook & Hoopla Audiobook)

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

BROKEN by Jenny Lawson

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The humorist maps out her mental and physical health journey.

BROKEN HORSES by Brandi Carlile

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter recounts difficulties during her formative years and her hard-won successes.

CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson

(Available Formats: Print Book, Audiobook on CD, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.

THE CODE BREAKER by Walter Isaacson

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook coming shortly)

Code Breaker
How the Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues invented CRISPR, a tool that can edit DNA.

EMPIRE OF PAIN by Patrick Radden Keefe

(Available Formats: Print Book)

A portrait of the Sackler family, known for their philanthropy toward institutions around the world, and their involvement with Valium and OxyContin.

GOD EQUATION by Michio Kaku

(Available Formats: Print Book)

The theoretical physicist explains the controversy around the synthesis of the theory of relativity and quantum theory.

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey

(Available Formats: Print Book, Audiobook on CD & Downloadable Audiobook)

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

LIGHT OF DAYS by Judy Batalion

(Available Formats: CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

How Jewish women in Poland turned Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis and helped build systems of underground bunkers.

ON THE HOUSE by John Boehner

(Available Formats: Print Book; eBook coming shortly)

The former speaker of the House reflects on his time in Washington, key political figures and the current state of the Republican Party.

A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama

(Available Formats: Print Book, CD Audiobook, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama offers personal reflections on his formative years and pivotal moments through his first term.

THE SUM OF US by Heather McGhee

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

The chair of the board of the racial justice organization Color of Change analyzes the impact of racism on the economy.

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

(Available Formats: Print Book)

An examination of the cognitive skills of rethinking and unlearning that could be used to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle

(Available Formats: Print Book, Audiobook on CD, eBook & Downloadable Audiobook)

The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

Be well and read on!

Linda Reimer, SSL


*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog:

The Digital Catalog has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog:

The Hoopla Catalog features instant check outs of eBooks, downloadable audiobook, comic books, albums and streaming videos. Patron check out limit is 4 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials:

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tel: 607-936-3713

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

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