Tuesday, November 5, 2013

WHO'S ON TOP: FICTION

Top 5 Fiction:
Hardcover: 
1. SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham 
2. THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt 
3. DOCTOR SLEEP, by Stephen King 
4. WE ARE WATER, by Wally Lamb 
5. THE LONGEST RIDE, by Nicholas Sparks
Spotlight:
SYCAMORE ROW
by John Grisham

John Grisham takes you back to where it all began . . .

John Grisham's A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial-a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier.

The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

In Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to the setting and the compelling characters that first established him as America's favorite storyteller. Here, in his most assured and thrilling novel yet, is a powerful testament to the fact that Grisham remains the master of the legal thriller, nearly twenty-five years after the publication of A Time to Kill.


Paperback Trade:
1. DEAR LIFE, by Alice Munro 
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James 
3. THE HIT, by David Baldacci 
4. THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, by M. L. Stedman 
5. WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, by Maria Semple 
Spotlight: 
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS 
by M. L. Stedman
 
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.  

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.  

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.  

The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel.

Paperback Mass-Market:
1. ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card
2. THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham
3. THE BLACK BOX, by Michael Connelly
4. MAD RIVER, by John Sandford
5. ANGELS AT THE TABLE, by Debbie Macomber
Spotlight:
ANGELS AT THE TABLE
by Debbie Macomber


In this joyous and whimsical holiday novel, Debbie Macomber rings in the season with the return of Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, delivering laughs, love, and a charming dose of angelic intervention.
Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy know that an angel’s work is never done, especially during a time as wondrous as New Year’s Eve. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities. And when Will spies two lonely strangers in the crowd, he decides midnight is the perfect time to lend a heavenly helping hand.       
Lucie Farrara and Aren Fairchild meet after bumping into each other—seemingly by accident—in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. They immediately hit it off and find they have a lot in common: Lucie is a burgeoning chef and Aren is a respected food critic. But just as quickly as they’re brought together, another twist of fate tears them apart, leaving Lucie and Aren with no way to reconnect.
A year later, Lucie is the chef of an acclaimed new restaurant and Aren is a successful columnist for a major New York newspaper. For all the time that’s passed, the two have not forgotten their one serendipitous evening—and neither have Shirley, Goodness, Mercy, and Will. To reunite the young couple, the angels cook up a brilliant plan: mix true love, a second chance, and a generous sprinkle of mischief to create an unforgettable Christmas miracle.


Praise for Angels at the Table
“This delightful mix of romance, humor, hope and happenstance is the perfect recipe for holiday cheer.”—Examiner.com
“Rings in Christmas in tried-and-true Macomber style, with romance and a touch of heavenly magic.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The angels’ antics are a hugely hilarious and entertaining bonus to a warm love story.”—Bookreporter

“[A] sweetly charming holiday romance.”—Library Journal


E-Books:
1. SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham
2. THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt
3. THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty
4. ENDER'S GAME, by Orson Scott Card
5. WE ARE WATER, by Wally Lamb
Spotlight:
THE GOLDFINCH
by Donna Tartt

A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother, a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.







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


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