Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Who's On Top: Fiction

Top 5 Fiction:
Hardcover:
1. STORM FRONT, by John Sandford
2. DOCTOR SLEEP, by Stephen King
3. THE LONGEST RIDE, by Nicholas Sparks
4. GONE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
5. DOG SONGS, by Mary Oliver
Spotlight:
DOG SONGS
by Mary Oliver

A collection of new and favorite poems, celebrating the dogs that have enriched the poet’s world

Beloved by her readers, special to the poet’s own heart, Mary Oliver’s dog poems offer a special window into her world. Dog Songs collects some of the most cherished poems together with new works, offering a portrait of Oliver’s relationship to the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. To be illustrated with images of the dogs themselves, the subjects will come to colorful life here.

These are poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. In these pages we visit with old friends, including Oliver’s well-loved Percy, and meet still others. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver’s life emerge as fellow travelers, but also as guides, spirits capable of opening our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection.

Dog Songs is a testament to the power and depth of the human-animal exchange, from an observer of extraordinary vision.


Paperback Trade:
1. DEAR LIFE, by Alice Munro
2. THE HIT, by David Baldacci
3. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
4. THE CASUAL VACANCY, by J. K. Rowling
5. WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, by Maria Semple
Spotlight:
DEAR LIFE
by Alice Munro

With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious and timeless stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped -- the moment a dream, or sex, or perhaps a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these stories (set in the world Munro has made her own: the countryside and towns around Lake Huron) about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.

Paperback Mass-Market:
1. ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card
2. THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham
3. MAD RIVER, by John Sandford
4. THE FORGOTTEN, by David Baldacci
5. THE SINS OF THE MOTHER, by Danielle Steel
Spotlight:
THE SINS OF THE MOTHER
by Danielle Steel

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Every woman makes choices. And no one has made more difficult choices than Olivia Grayson. The enormously successful businesswoman missed out on much of her children’s lives while she built her legendary home-furnishings empire. In Danielle Steel’s character-rich new novel, Olivia faces the past, tries to balance the present, and makes amends where due, while still running her vastly successful business.
 
THE SINS OF THE MOTHER
 
As a way of making up to them for time lost, Olivia spends months every year planning a lavish holiday that everyone in her family will enjoy. This summer she has arranged a dream trip in the Mediterranean on a luxurious yacht, which she hopes will be the most memorable vacation of all. Her lavish gesture every year expresses her love for them, and regret at all the important times she missed during her children’s younger years. Her younger daughter, Cassie, a hip London music producer, refuses the invitation altogether, as she does every year. Her older daughter, Liz, lives in her mother’s shadow, with a terror of failure as she tries to recapture her dream of being a writer. And her sons, John and Phillip, work for Olivia, for better or worse, with wives who wish they didn’t. In the splendor of the Riviera, this should be a summer to remember, with Olivia’s children, grandchildren, and daughters-in-law on board. But as with any family gathering, there are always surprises, and no matter how glamorous the setting things don’t always turn out as ones hopes. 
 
Family dynamics are complicated, old disappointments die hard, and as forgiveness and surprising revelations enter into it, new bonds are formed, and the future takes on a brighter hue. And one by one, with life’s irony, Olivia’s children find themselves committing the same “sins” for which they blamed their mother for so many years. It is a summer of compassion, important lessons, and truth.
 
The Sins of the Mother captures the many sides of family love: complex, challenging, funny, passionate, and hopefully enduring. Along the way, we are enthralled by an unforgettable heroine, a mother strong enough to take more than her fair share of the blame, wise enough to respect her children for who they really are, and forgiving enough to love them unconditionally.

E-Books:
1. STORM FRONT, by John Sandford
2. DOING HARD TIME, by Stuart Woods
3. THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty
4. STARRY NIGHT, by Debbie Macomber
5. GONE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Spotlight:
DOING HARD TIME
by Stuart Woods

The riveting new Stone Barrington novel from New York Times�bestselling author Stuart Woods.
 
When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York.  But trouble never takes a vacation, and it has a way of finding Stone.  A case that had seemingly been resolved has returned in full force—with lethal results.  And this deadly situation makes for strange bedfellows when Stone finds himself teamed with the least likely ally . . . a gentleman of unique abilities, who can fly below the radar and above the law. 

From the high-stakes poker tables of Las Vegas to California’s lush beachside resorts, the trail of disguise, subterfuge, and murder leads to a shocking conclusion.


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

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