Friday, February 22, 2013

Who's On Top: 2/17 - 2/24/13: E-Books

On this weeks New York Times Best Sellers List in E-book; we have a tale of the perfect family. Perfect in every way but one, they have all been kidnapped. Vanished without a trace, investigator Tessa Leoni the dark secrets behind this case. In E-Book Nonfiction we have the story oJenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of the current Leader of the Church of Scientology David Miscavige. This book chronicles not only her life as young girl growing up in Scientology, but also her daring escape from the worlds most controlling religion at the age of twenty-one. And don't forget to check out the Top 5 List.


Spotlight
E-Book Fiction
Touch And Go
By: Lisa Gardner

#1 "New York Times" bestseller Lisa Gardner, author of "Catch Me "and "Love You More," returns with a heart-thumping thriller about what lurks behind the facade of a perfect family. 

"This is my family: Vanished without a trace..." Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston's elite Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by friends and family. A perfect life. "This is what I know: Pain has a flavor..." When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the Denbes' home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and Taser confetti in the foyer. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining behind. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just an entire family, vanished without a trace. "This is what I fear: The worst is yet to come..." Tessa knows better than anyone that even the most perfect facades can hide the darkest secrets. Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes' innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices. Who would want to kidnap such a perfect little family? And how far would such a person be willing to go? "This is the truth: Love, safety, family...it is all touch and go.
 


 

E-Book Nonfiction
Beyond Belief 
By: Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer

Jenna Miscavige Hill was raised to obey. As the niece of the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige, she grew up at the center of this highly controversial and powerful organization. But at twenty-one, Jenna made a daring break, risking everything she had ever known and loved to leave Scientology once and for all. Now she speaks out about her life, the Church, and her dramatic escape, going deep inside a religion that, for decades, has been the subject of fierce debate and speculation worldwide.

Piercing the veil of secrecy that has long shrouded the world of Scientology, this insider reveals unprecedented firsthand knowledge of the religion, its obscure rituals, and its mysterious leader—David Miscavige. From her prolonged separation from her parents as a small child to being indoctrinated to serve the greater good of the Church, from her lack of personal freedoms to the organization's emphasis on celebrity recruitment, Jenna goes behind the scenes of Scientology's oppressive and alienating culture, detailing an environment rooted in control in which the most devoted followers often face the harshest punishments when they fall out of line. Addressing some of the Church's most notorious practices in startling detail, she also describes a childhood of isolation and neglect—a childhood that, painful as it was, prepared her for a tough life in the Church's most devoted order, the Sea Org.

Despite this hardship, it is only when her family approaches dissolution and her world begins to unravel that she is finally able to see the patterns of stifling conformity and psychological control that have ruled her life. Faced with a heartbreaking choice, she mounts a courageous escape, but not before being put through the ultimate test of family, faith, and love. At once captivating and disturbing, Beyond Belief is an eye-opening exploration of the limits of religion and the lengths to which one woman went to break free.

   
Top 5 List  
E-book Fiction
1. Safe Haven - By: Nicholas Sparks
2. Touch And Go - By: Lisa Gardner
3. Rush - By: Maya Banks
4. Gone Girl - By: Gillian Flynn
5. Lost To You - By: A. L. Jackson

E-Book Nonfiction
1. American Snipper - By: Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
2. Beyond Belief - By: Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer
3. Proof Of Heaven - By: Eben Alexander
4. My Beloved World - By: Sonia Sotomayor
5. Going Clear - By: Lawrence Wright

Disclaimer: All blurbs come from Goodreads.com. All list come from NYTimes.com

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