Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Who's On Top: Fiction

Top 5 Fiction:
Hardcover:
1. DOCTOR SLEEP, by Stephen King
2. THE LONGEST RIDE, by Nicholas Sparks
3. GONE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
4. THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS, by Elizabeth Gilbert
5. THE LOWLAND, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Spotlight: 
THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS
by Elizabeth Gilbert


A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed.


In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.


Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who—born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution—bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert's wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.

Paperback Trade:
1. THE HIT, by David Baldacci
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
3. THE CASUAL VACANCY, by J. K. Rowling
4. FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James
5. THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham
Spotlight:
THE TIME KEEPER
by Mitch Albom


In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time. The inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.


He returns to our world--now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began--and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.


Paperback Mass-Market:
1. THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham
2. ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card
3. MAD RIVER, by John Sandford
4. PRIVATE LONDON, by James Patterson and Mark Pearson
5. ONE LUCKY VAMPIRE, by Lynsay Sands
Spotlight:
MAD RIVER
by John Sandford


Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what’s-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns.


The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers’ cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn’t realize what’s about to happen next.


E-Book:
1. GONE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
2. DOCTOR SLEEP, by Stephen King
3. THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty
4. SILENCING EVE, by Iris Johansen
5. THE LONGEST RIDE, by Nicholas Sparks
Spotlight:
SILENCING EVE
by Iris Johansen


#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen is back with the shocking conclusion to the latest Eve Duncan trilogy.


This is the finale that fans have been waiting for. In Taking Eve, the game began. In Hunting Eve, the chase was on. Now, in Silencing Eve, the prey is cornered. Will Eve Duncan survive?  Will those she loves take the fall with her? And will the secrets of Eve’s past ultimately become her undoing?


In Silencing Eve, all the questions will be answered in a shocking, you never saw it coming conclusion.


Iris Johansen’s 2012 trilogy, Eve, Quinn, Bonnie was a phenomenal success, reaching number one on bestseller lists nationwide.  Now, with this newest trilogy, the stakes are even higher because it’s a question of capture and escape, hunter and prey, life and death.


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

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