Wednesday, January 16, 2019

D.C. and the Devereaux Library are a buzz with these new bestsellers

Becoming by Michelle Obama

"An engrossing memoir as well as a lively treatise on what extraordinary grace under extraordinary pressure looks like."

Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts

"A clear, well-limned view of a complex figure who, in no danger of being forgotten, continues to inspire. The most comprehensive single-volume biography of Churchill that we have in print and a boon for any student of the statesman and his times."

If You Ask Me: Essential Advice from Eleanor Roosevelt by Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary Jo Binker

"The America that emerges through this 20-year sampling of Roosevelt's advice column is at once familiar and very long gone. We're still wrestling, of course, with arguments over civil liberties, national health care, the Electoral College and institutionalized racism and sexism. Roosevelt gamely weighed in on those "hot button" topics. But then there are a whole slew of other letters here that come out of an America so earnest it almost seems like the product of a work of speculative fiction . . . There's something very democratic about this 20-plus-year monthly "conversation" of sorts."

In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick

"A tense, richly detailed narrative of the American Revolution...Philbrick reprises the protagonists of his last history of the War of Independence in a meticulously researched recounting of the events leading up to the colonists' victory at the Battle of Yorktown...Philbrick, a sailor himself, recounts the strategic maneuvering involved in the many naval encounters: ships' positions, wind direction and strength, and the "disorienting cloud of fire and smoke" that often imperiled the fleet."

Monday, January 14, 2019

More great best sellers are now available!

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

“[Albom’s] new novel offers unexpected twists and clever turns that will delight his passionate fans.”

The Witch Elm: A Novel by Tana French

“ ‘I’ve always considered myself to be, basically, a lucky person.’ That’s the first line of Tana French’s extraordinary new novel . . . Here’s a things-go-bad story Thomas Hardy could have written in his prime . . . the book is lifted by French’s nervy, almost obsessive prose . . . This is good work by a good writer. For the reader, what luck.”

Alice Isn't Dead: A Novel by Joseph Fink

“This spooky third novel by Welcome to Night Vale creator Fink (It Devours!, 2017, etc.) is similarly based on an original podcast and offers a more threatening but equally personal take on the horror genre.  . .. .  A terrifying new storytelling experience that affirms, even in our darkest moments, that love conquers all.”

Heads You Win: A Novel by Jeffrey Archer

Archer cannibalizes his greatest hits ... to tell his twinned stories of immigrant striving, romance, and dirty dealing, with a surprise last-sentence kicker that points to the present political moment. The result is a fun, fast-paced novel.

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

“It’s a book every thinking person worried about humanity’s future should read. . . . Hawking’s parting gift to humanity.”

Friday, January 11, 2019

More new Best Sellers are now available!

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

“An entrancing read…An early holiday present for Moriarty fans, Nine Perfect Strangers is a darkly comical novel that defies classification. It manages to be wildly funny and richly emotional at the same time, proving that the Big Little Lies author still has a lot to offer her readers.”

Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

“Penny reveals a deeper vulnerability in the introspective Gamache… The ending is adrenaline-filled....This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander.”

The Fox by Frederick Forsyth

"The Fox is scant on dialogue, leaving room for the action sequences that have made Mr. Forsyth's novels best sellers for decades. The author's spooky scenarios are somehow soothing: How comforting to think that bad actors might be stopped by the teamwork of one ‘anxious boy with spectacular gifts’ and ‘an elderly Englishman who sat at the back and remained silent.’”

Killing Commendatore: A novel by Haruki Murakami

“Beguiling. . . . Murakami is brilliant at folding the humdrum alongside the supernatural; finding the magic that’s nested in life’s quotidian details. . . . His prose is warm, conversational and studded with quiet profundities. He’s eminently good company; that most precious of qualities that we look for in an author. We trust him to get us entertainingly lost, just as we trust that he’ll eventually get us home.”

The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy

“Leavy’s newest masterpiece ... delivers all the goods again. Meticulously researched over eight years and richly detailed, it’s as close as we’ll ever come to meeting the legend and watching him in action. The Big Fella is a must-read for Babe Ruth fans, baseball history buffs, and collectors. Above all, it is a major work of American history by an author with a flair for mesmerizing story-telling.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New year.... new bestsellers!!!

Long Road to Mercy (An Atlee Pine Thriller) by David Baldacci

In Archer’s clever novel, a Sliding Doors-ish bildungsroman, fate hinges on the toss of a coin. … Archer cannibalizes his greatest hits … even as he emulates the ’60s bestsellers of Harold Robbins and Jacqueline Susann to tell his twinned stories of immigrant striving, romance, and dirty dealing, with a surprise last-sentence kicker that points to the present political moment. The result is a fun, fast-paced novel.

Desperate Measures (A Stone Barrington Novel) by Stuart Woods

"A serial killer, a violent abduction, an acrimonious divorce, the hero suspected of murder—and all of it serenely weightless, in the episodic manner of a Road Runner cartoon without the laughs. Who cares what happens to the most alluring woman when the next one is just around the corner?"

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin and Doug Wheatley

Billed as a history of the Targaryen Kings, from Aegon the Conqueror to Ageon III, Fire and Blood – which takes its title from the noble family’s house words … Fire and Blood is written as an in-universe account (purportedly) by the Archmaester Gyldayn of the Citadel, in a style that Martin’s publisher describes as possessing the “scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”.

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

"A series only works when the characters are worth following over the long haul, and Hilderbrand is a master, making for a satisfying conclusion to her Christmas at the Inn story."

Monday, January 7, 2019

These Hit-Makers are sure to entertain with these new bestsellers

My Love Story by Tina Turner

“Harrowing . . . Fascinating . . . Neither sensationalistic nor self-serving . . . For a famous sex symbol who has turned a tragedy into a fairy tale, Turner is charmingly down to earth.” 

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

“A fascinating, generous book with portraits and detail that float by in bursts of color . . . As with [the band’s] records, the book’s structure is a lyrical three-man weave. . . . Diamond’s voice is lapidary, droll. Horovitz comes on like a borscht belt comedian, but beneath that he is urgent, incredulous, kind of vulnerable. . . . Friendship is the book’s subject as much as music, fame and New York.”

Hindsight: & All the Things I Can't See in Front of Me by Justin Timberlake

“Hindsight: & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me” is a collection of anecdotes and reflections that touch on Timberlake’s rise to fame, his celebrity friends, and how he’s juggling his constant search for perfection with his role as a husband and father. Mixed in throughout the book are hundreds of candid images from the singer and actor’s personal archives.

The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen

"It’s clear that Cohen remained sharp until the very end, and the book, a kind of farewell tribute by the poet-prophet, offers ample evidence of his abiding sense of humor . . . Though he claimed not to know the origins of his poetry nor to be able to locate his mission, what Cohen offered his many fans and followers was the opportunity to partake of the kind of spiritual experience that makes it possible for us to feel, if only for a moment, that we are not alone."

Friday, January 4, 2019

Celebrate the New Year with these New Bestsellers!

Unsheltered: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver

“A powerful lament for the American dream…A crumbling house is a solid foundation for this striking, time-shifting tale of a nation adrift…Kingsolver powerfully evokes the eeriness of living through times of social turmoil…She has proved herself a supreme craftsperson…possessing a knack for ingenious metaphors that encapsulate the social questions at the heart of her stories…As a work of socially engaged fiction, Unsheltered makes a decent case for escapism.”

Holy Ghost (A Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sandford

“John Sandford’s madly entertaining Virgil Flower mysteries are more fun than a greased-pig-wrestling contest. The plots outlandish; the characters peculiar; and the best bits of dialogue are largely unprintable.”

Tom Clancy Oath of Office (A Jack Ryan Novel) by Marc Cameron

“The spirit of Tom Clancy lives on...Cameron’s storytelling is indistinguishable from the late Clancy’s...An enjoyable read for Clancy fans.”

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

Bestseller Sparks returns from a two-year hiatus with a heart-wrenching tale of fate and circumstance. Hope, a 36-year-old American trauma nurse, and Tru, a 42-year-old safari guide from Zimbabwe, meet while on a beach vacation in North Carolina. …  After falling in love over the course of one weekend, the two are forced to confront reality as Tru learns devastating secrets about his family’s past and Hope’s on-and-off boyfriend of six years, Josh, reaches out to amend their latest breakup. … The rich setting helps bring life to their story, making this a worthwhile venture for romance readers despite the cookie-cutter protagonists. Sparks fans will not be disappointed.

The Colors of All the Cattle: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (19) (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series) by Alexander McCall Smith

"Readers familiar with this venerable series (The House of Unexpected Sisters, 2017, etc.) will know that the race will be run in McCall Smith's own patented tempo. But it bears all the quiet weight they'd expect before reaching a particularly appropriate ending."

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Start the new year off right with these new bestsellers!

Dark Sacred Night (A Ballard and Bosch Novel) by Michael Connelly

"It was only last year that Connelly introduced Ballard, a fierce and fascinating new protagonist who instantly emerged as a reader favorite. Bosch, meanwhile, is a grizzled veteran by now; Dark Sacred Night marks the 21st novel to center on him. But fans always finish eager to come back for more."

Elevation by Stephen King

“[An] elegant whisper of a story…[Scott] finds a memorable—and quite beautiful, really—way to depart a town made all the better for his presence.”

Sea of Greed (The NUMA Files) by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

“The villain is diabolical, our heroes seem to have no way to win, and the action is relentless. In other words, the story is classic Cussler. The thought of the world running out of oil is terrifying, and that along with the wonderful cast of characters makes this one of the better entries in the NUMA Files series.”

Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

“The way everything winds up for all the participants shows a satisfying generosity of storytelling spirit.”

The Reckoning: A Novel by John Grisham

“The quest for justice is only the beginning in this Southern-family saga…Grisham does so much more this time around.”

Monday, November 12, 2018

New bestsellers are just waiting for you @ your library

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre

“[A] swift-moving tale of true espionage in the most desperate years of the Cold War... The closing pages of Macintyre’s fluent yarn find Gordievsky attempting to escape captivity and flee to the West in a scenario worthy of John le Carré... Oddly timely, given the return of Russian spying to the front pages, and a first-rate study of the mechanics and psychology of espionage.”

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

“Jill Lepore is an extraordinarily gifted writer, and These Truths is nothing short of a masterpiece of American history. By engaging with our country's painful past (and present) in an intellectually honest way, she has created a book that truly does encapsulate the American story in all its pain and all its triumph.”

We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres

“...The author’s passion to help people is palpable . . . His actions should be the basis for future work by FEMA and other humanitarian agencies . . . A passionate and courageous story that should be required reading for anyone involved in disaster response.”

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang

“A sweeping panoramic overview of the enduring alliance between astrophysics and the military―from the Greeks to Galileo to GPS.”

Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Written in the companionable prose that makes Goodwin’s books surefire best sellers. . . . We can benefit from reminders that even flawed mortals can, in times of national emergency, achieve great things. We can only hope that a few of Goodwin’s many readers will find in her subjects’ examples a margin of inspiration and a resolve to steer the country to a better place.”

Friday, November 9, 2018

New bestsellers! Check one out this weekend!

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister

“Traister specializes in writing about feminism and politics, and she knows the turf…especially astute in emphasizing the ways in which black women laid the cornerstones for women’s activism in this country…Feminism forces certain complexities into the stream of our daily lives, and Traister has a great gift for articulating them.”

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

"Serviceable overall, but strong in its demonstration that Rogers was not just a good neighbor and a good friend to children, but also a very good man."

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence--The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice by Dr. Daniel Siegel M.D.

"If Charles Reich is your bag, then this may be your book. If you want your neuroscience qua science, then head over to where Damasio and Dennett are shelved."

Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times by Mark Leibovich

‘"Hilarious, energetically reported and endlessly entertaining. . .  Leibovich emerges as the pro game’s Mencken, tossing out one-liners as barbed as the spiked costumes of the Raiders’ faithful.”

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery and Rebecca Green

"The National Geographic channel meets memoir in this brief, compelling examination of what animals can teach us about ourselves."

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

More great titles are available now!

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

"Dan Williams’s watercolours are a haunting companion to the contemplative and poetic story of a father fleeing Syria with his son. Though considerably shorter than The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns or And the Mountains Echoed, it opens up as many powerful emotions about family, survival and childhood."

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature....Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders—and dangers—of her private world.”

Vengeful (Villains) by V. E. Schwab

“Readers won't be able to put down this dark and riveting tale of power and revenge.”

Hippie by Paulo Coelho

"A nostalgic immersion in the mind-blowing 1960s."

The Labyrinth of the Spirits: A Novel (Cemetery of Forgotten Books) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“Ruiz Zafón clearly has had a great deal of fun in pulling this vast story together…His ability to keep track of a thousand threads while, in the end, celebrating the power of storytelling is admirable…. A satisfying conclusion to a grand epic that, of course, will only leave its fans wanting more."                                                                               
             -Kirkus Reviews

Monday, November 5, 2018

New bestsellers brought to you by the Friends of the Devereaux Library

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

"An essential historical reference for Middle-earth fans . . .  For enthusiasts, these glimpses into the burgeoning interconnectedness of Tolkien’s fiction are fascinating . . .  Deep-lore delvers . . . will be rewarded with a thorough understanding of one of modern fantasy’s seminal works."

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel by Hank Green

“[Green] applies wit, affection, and cultural intelligence to a comic sci-fi novel....A fun, contemporary adventure that cares about who we are as humans, especially when faced with remarkable events.”

Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson

“This is a rip-roaring adventure, and if Longmire seems uncannily able to recover from blows to the head and other injuries that would disable a lesser man, well, that's what it takes to defeat this ‘monster among monsters.’ The sheriff as the spirit of Quixote, riding a mule to the rescue.”

A Spark of Light: A Novel by Jodi Picoult

“The author presents the white-knuckled narrative in a reverse-chronological order. The effect is mesmerizing, as Picoult establishes moments in the overarching event, before revealing how they came to be.”

Transcription: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

"There is intrigue. There are surprises. But the unknowns aren't always what we think they are. The deepest pleasure here, though, is the author's language. As ever, Atkinson is sharp, precise, and funny . . . Another beautifully crafted book from an author of great intelligence and empathy."


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