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                   Top Five Reads   -    Bestsellers



1 ROGUE LAWYER, by John Grisham. (Doubleday.)
The attorney Sebastian Rudd is a “lone gunman” who hates injustice and the system and defends unpopular clients.   

2 SEE ME, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central.) A couple in love are threatened by secrets from the past. 

3 CAREER OF EVIL, by Robert Galbraith. (Mulholland/Little, Brown.) In the third novel about the private investigative team of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, the pair pursue a psychotic stalker; by J.?K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously. 
4 WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. (Harper Perennial.) Mysteries and origin stories from the strange Southwestern desert town that is the setting of the popular podcast. 
5 THE SURVIVOR, by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills. (Emily Bestler/Atria.) The counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp must control the damage from a leak of C.I.A. documents. Mills finished the book for Flynn, who died in 2013. 



Review:  Vince Flynn  -  Survivor  -  Library Journal




A thriller author in his own right, Mills also picks up where other authors lost to us have left off, having written two books in Robert Ludlum's "Covert-One" series. Here, CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch
Rapp, created by Flynn, is sent to dispose of Joseph "Rick" Rickman, a former CIA golden boy planning to offer Pakistan's secret forces a chunk of sensitive intelligence he's snatched. Alas, before his death
Rickman hid the intel. Vince Flynn died in 2013, but his Mitch Rapp thriller saga was too good to drift into oblivion. Fortunately, his estate found Kyle Mills (The Utopia Experiment; Rising Phoenix) to
continue the series. With The Survivor, this capable veteran comes up valorously, constructing a high-adrenaline action novel about a CIA boy wonder gone wrong and Rapp's high intensity chase to save
the day and the data. Early reports by Flynn fans seem consistently enthusiastic about this new entry in a hall of fame series.





1 KILLING REAGAN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt.) The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the events surrounding the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981.  
2 BINGE, by Tyler Oakley. (Gallery Books.) Personal essays from the L.G.B.T.Q. YouTube personality.

3 A MORE PERFECT UNION, by Ben Carson with Candy Carson. (Sentinel.) A discussion of the Constitution by the candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. 
4 HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES, by Brandon Stanton. (St. Martin's.) More photographs, this time accompanied by interviews, from the creator of the blog and the book “Humans of New York.” 
5  M TRAIN, by Patti Smith. (Knopf.) A meditation on art, loss and the past by the musician and author of “Just Kids.” 


Overview:  Binge  -  Tyler Oakley



Pop-culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays.  For someone who made a career out of over-sharing on the Internet, Tyler has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book: experiencing a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; negotiating a tense stand­off with a White House official; crashing a car in front of his entire high school, in an Arby’s uniform; projectile vomiting while bartering with a grandmother; and so much more. In Binge, Tyler delivers his best untold, hilariously side-splitting moments with the trademark flair that made him a star.







1 THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir. (Broadway.) After a dust storm forces his crew to abandon him, an astronaut embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive on Mars. 
2 THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho. (HarperOne/HarperCollins.) A Spanish shepherd boy ventures to Egypt in search of treasure.  
3 MEMORY MAN, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central.) With the blessing and curse of perfect recall, a former police detective seizes a chance to solve his family's murder. 
4 ROOM, by Emma Donoghue. (Back Bay/Little, Brown.) The entire world of the 5-year-old boy who narrates this novel is the 11-by-11-foot room in which his mother is being held prisoner.  

5 GREY, by E. L. James. (Vintage.) A "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequel, told from Christian’s point of view, revisits the tortured romance between the controlling billionaire and the unassuming Ana. 


Review:  Room - Emma Donoghue



Malcolm Jones - Newsweek -  Now a major motion picture.
"Only a handful of authors have ever known how to get inside the mind of a child and then get what they know on paper. Henry James, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and, more recently, Jean Stafford and Eric Kraft come mind, and after that one gropes for names. But now they have company. Emma Donoghue's latest novel, Room, is narrated by a 5-year-old boy so real you could swear he was sitting right beside you.... Room is so beautifully contrived that it never once seems contrived. But be warned: once you enter, you'll be Donoghue's willing prisoner right down to the last page."








1 THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir. (Broadway.) After a dust storm forces his crew to abandon him, an astronaut embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive on Mars.   

2 DEADLINE, by John Sandford. (Penguin.) Dognappers are suspected of supplying medical labs, and a local reporter is murdered. Book 8 in the Virgil Flowers series. 
3 GRAY MOUNTAIN, by John Grisham. (Dell.) A laid-off lawyer, in a bid to reclaim her corporate perch, moves to an Appalachian mining town where her legal-aid work starts to rile Big Coal. 
4 COLD COLD HEART, by Tami Hoag. (Signet.) After surviving a brutal ordeal at the hands of a serial killer, a former TV reporter becomes involved in solving the long-ago disappearance of her childhood best friend. 

5 HOPE TO DIE, by James Patterson. (Vision.) Detective Alex Cross's family has been taken by a psychotic stalker, and Cross must play a deadly game to save them. 



Review:  Cold Cold Heart - Tami Hoag - Kirkus Reviews

In Hoag's  latest, talented young newscaster Dana Nolan is left to navigate a psychological maze after escaping a serial killer.While recuperating at home in Shelby Mills, Indiana. Dana meets her former high school classmates John Villante and Tim Carver. Football hero Tim is ashamed of flunking out of West Point, and now he's a sheriff's deputy. After Iraq and Afghanistan tours, John's home with PTSD, "angry and bitter and dark." Dana survived abduction by serial killer Doc Holiday, but she still suffers from the gruesome attack by "the man who ruined her life, destroyed her career, shattered her sense of self, damaged her brain and her face." What binds the trio is their friend Casey Grant, who's been missing five years, perhaps also a Holiday victim, even if "[t]he odds against that kind of coincidence had to be astronomical." Hoag's first 100 pages are a gut-wrenching dissection of the after effects of traumatic brain injury: Dana is plagued by "[f]ear, panic, grief, and anger" and haunted by fractured memories and nightmares. "Before Dana had believed in the inherent good in people. After Dana knew firsthand their capacity for evil." Impulsive and paranoid, Dana obsesses over linking Casey's dis-appearance to Holiday, with her misfiring brain convincing her that "finding the truth about what had happened to Casey [was] her chance of redemption." But then Hoag tosses suspects into the narrative faster than Dana can count: Roger Mercer, Dana's self-absorbed state senator stepfather; Mack Villante, who left son John with "no memories of his father that didn't include drunkenness and cruelty"; even Hardy, the hard-bitten, cancer-stricken detective who investigated Casey's disappearance.
Hoag's narrative explodes with an unexpected but believable conclusion. A top-notch psychological thriller.




1 THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS: DINNERTIME, by Ree Drummond. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) Recipes for comfort-food classics, quick meals, freezer food and more from the proprietor of ThePioneerWoman.com. 
2 THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP, by Marie Kondo. (Ten Speed.) A guide to decluttering by discarding your expendable objects all at once and taking charge of your space. 
3 BIG MAGIC, by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Riverhead.) The author of "Eat, Pray, Love" suggests ways to overcome the obstacles to living a creative life, one driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.
4 DO UNTO ANIMALS, by Tracey Stewart. (Artisan.) A memoir and guide to how animals live and how we can make their lives better. 
5 RISING STRONG, by Brené Brown. (Spiegel & Grau.) A social scientist examines commonalities in the stories of people who have regained their footing in the midst of struggle. 



Review:  Do Unto Animals  -  Tracey Stewart

Stewart has a heart as big as all outdoors, which is helpful since her caring largesse extends to moles and squirrels, goats and sheep, as well as the more-commonplace cats and dogs. A lifelong animal lover
and one-time veterinary technician, Stewart evinces a genuine empathy for all creatures, from the lowliest frog to the loftiest owl, and winsomely guides other animal enthusiasts in their desire to develop a more rewarding relationship with man’s best friend, whatever that turns out to be. An ardent proponent for the adoption of rescue animals, Stewart broadens that philosophy to include sanctuaries for farm animals as  well. Married to former host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, who announced their plan to create just such a haven for at-risk animals, Stewart is on a mission far above the typical, nominal celebrity cause du jour. Rich in informed insights on animal behavior, augmented by creative craft projects, and alluring with clever
watercolor illustrations, Stewart’s passionate and practical guide to living with domestic pets, backyard critters, and farm animals artfully combines sensible advice with grassroots advocacy. Stewart’s zeal for
animal welfare is infectious and sincere, and her desire to create a kinder world for animals and humans is earnest and essential.”
—Booklist, starred review



1 THE AMAZING BOOK IS NOT ON FIRE, by Dan Howell and Phil Lester. (Random House.) YouTube stars offer comedy and advice.  

2 CARRY ON, by Rainbow Rowell. (St. Martin's Griffin.) A teenage wizard and his classmates return to their magical academy.  

3 GIRL ONLINE: ON TOUR, by Zoe Sugg. (Keywords/Atria.) A blogger faces the realities of life on the road when she joins her rock-star boyfriend on his European summer tour. (Ages 12 and up)   

4 THE ROSE SOCIETY, by Marie Lu. (Putnam.) A young outcast seeks revenge against those she feels have wronged her. 

5 ILLUMINAE, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. (Knopf.) Documents chart the aftermath of a mining-colony attack. (Ages 13 and up) 


Review:  Carry On  -  Rainbow Rowell -  Publishers Weekly

Rowell's many fans know that the characters in this novel derive from her 2013 book, Fangirl, where they appeared in two forms: the "official" version of a Harry Potterlike series and the funnier, funkier, and gayer fanfic written by Cath, Fangirl's heroine. Now Simon Snow, the greatest magician the world has ever seen; possible vampire Basilton "Baz" Pitch, Simon's roommate and nemesis; and Simon's intrepid and loyal best friend Penelope have their own book. Along with Simon's semi-ex girlfriend Agatha, the three are negotiating their last year at the Watford School of Magicks amid a crisis in the magical world, much of which seems to involve Simon. Although in no way fan fiction  (apart from its connections to Fangirl), this book can be read as a tribute to Harry Potter and Lev Grossman's Magicians series, and it's a sterling example of how to use genre conventions to create something new. Seen in that light, it hardly matters that some of the plot twists feel more like confirmations than surprises. Everything else—the funny, wised-up dialogue, the tumultuous, sweet, and sexy love story— is grade-A Rowell, and if you've  ever wondered what makes a spell a spell, this book explains all. The doubled suspense—Will Simon and Baz finally admit that seven years of mutual obsession might be more than antagonism? Will Simon, Baz, and Penny figure out what's threatening their world in time to save it?—makes for a book that readers will find almost impossible to put down. Ages 13–up.





1 THE SWORD OF SUMMER, by Rick Riordan. (Disney-Hyperion.) A homeless teenager tries to retrieve an ancient Norse sword.  
2 WONDER, by R. J. Palacio. (Knopf.) A boy with a facial deformity enters school.

3 THE ISLE OF THE LOST, by Melissa de la Cruz. (Disney-Hyperion.) Children of famous villains band together to retrieve the Dragon’s Eye; a Descendants novel. 

4 AUGGIE & ME, by R. J. Palacio. (Knopf.) A collection of three "Wonder" stories. (Ages 8 to 12) 

5 CRENSHAW, by Katherine Applegate. (Feiwel & Friends.) A giant cat on a surfboard appears to a boy on the verge of homelessness. (Ages 7 to 11) 

Review:  The Isle of the Lost  - Melissa de la Cruz  -  School Library Journal

All the evil villains of Disney movie fame have been exiled to the Isle of the Lost. A huge dome covers the island, keeping them from using any magic. They are relegated to eating scraps and wearing castoffs of the
good citizens of Auradon, ruled by King Beast and Queen Belle. The children of Maleficient, Jabar, Evil Queen, and Cruella De Vil (respectively Mal, Jay, Evie, and Carlos) don't know any other life away from the island.  Every aspect of their existence is focused on becoming more evil, and finding nefarious ways to entertain themselves. When Carlos invents a device that is meant to provide them with more cable channels, he inadvertently opens a hole in the dome, allowing a tiny bit of magic to reactivate Maleficient's scepter, the Dragon's Eye. The four go off on a quest to find the staff, each for their own selfish reasons. All the while, though, the descendants of the most evil villains to ever walk the earth are starting to (gasp!) show  signs of caring for each other. And over on Auradon, Prince Ben, son of Beast and Belle, is having visions of a beautiful blue-haired girl he's never met, even though he's betrothed to Princess Audrey, daughter of Aurora. Clichéd characters and a predictable plot probably won't deter young readers from finishing this fun  little romp through practically every Disney movie ever made. VERDICT Billed as a prequel to a Disney Channel movie, there's a built-in fan base for this story. Disney lovers and fairy-tale fans alike will need to get their hands on this book.—Mandy Laferriere, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX impossible to put down. Ages 13–up.






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