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Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

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December 10, 2020

Curious about what your friends and neighbors might be reading? Or which books are trending nationally?

Check out the following books from the New York Times Best Sellers list!

Have you read any of these books already? Let us know what you thought in the "Comments" section below!

Happy reading!

Please note: These are popular items that may not be immediately available. It is likely you will need to use the "Request" option in the Library Catalog (V-Cat) to add yourself to the waiting list. Do not be discouraged by long waiting lists for books; MCPL usually has enough copies in circulation to keep wait times reasonable. 

Also: All of the following books are owned by MCPL in at least one version; however, the Library Catalog (V-Cat) may show versions not owned by MCPL and therefore unavailable for request by MCPL cardholders until their "high demand" or "new" status is removed.


FICTION

Book Cover: READY PLAYER TWO

"READY PLAYER TWO" by ERNEST CLINE

A 1980s cultural assessment of the fantastical future of online behavior continues the story that began in the internationally best-selling futuristic novel, Ready Player One, that inspired a blockbuster Steven Spielberg film.

Book Cover: DEADLY CROSS

"DEADLY CROSS" by JAMES PATTERSON

Investigating the assassination of the vice president’s wife, Detective Alex Cross and FBI Special Agent Ned Mahoney travel to Alabama to uncover clues from the victim’s early life.

Book Cover: THE AWAKENING

"THE AWAKENING" by NORA ROBERTS

An anxious young woman mired in student debt and working a hated job uses hidden funds to visit Ireland, where she uncovers truths about vivid dreams compelling her to embrace her destiny in a fantastical alternate world.

Book Cover: THE RETURN

"THE RETURN" by NICHOLAS SPARKS

Moving into a family beekeeper cabin to recuperate from war injuries, an Afghanistan veteran falls in love with a guarded sheriff while working with a sullen local teen to investigate the mystery of a grandparent’s death. 

Book Cover: DAYLIGHT

"DAYLIGHT" by DAVID BALDACCI

FBI Agent Atlee Pine's search for her sister Mercy clashes with military investigator John Puller's high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy -- from which neither of them will escape unscathed.

Book Cover: A TIME FOR MERCY

"A TIME FOR MERCY" by JOHN GRISHAM

Court-appointed lawyer Jake Brigance puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line to defend a sixteen-year-old suspect who is accused of killing a local deputy and facing the death penalty.

Book Cover: THEN SHE WAS GONE

"THEN SHE WAS GONE" by LISA JEWELL

Struggling to put her life back together a decade after her beloved teen daughter's disappearance, a divorced woman bonds with a charming single father whose young child eerily resembles the woman's own lost daughter.

Book Cover: THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT

"THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT" by WALTER TEVIS

Orphan Beth Harmon overcomes her fears and shyness by learning to play chess and, over the years, improves her game to become a national champion and to play the world grandmasters.

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"SHUGGIE BAIN" by DOUGLAS STUART

A young boy growing up in a rundown 1980s Glasgow public housing facility pursues some semblance of a normal life as his older siblings move on and his mother increasingly succumbs to alcoholism.

Book Cover: MILK AND HONEY

"MILK AND HONEY" by RUPI KAUR

Presents poems that deal with the bitter aspects of love, loss, abuse, violence, and trauma, and celebrates the unstoppable power of grace, healing, and feminine strength.

NONFICTION

Book Cover: A PROMISED LAND

"A PROMISED LAND" by BARACK OBAMA

n the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Book Cover: GREENLIGHTS

"GREENLIGHTS" by MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY

From the Academy Award-winning actor comes an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

Book Cover: DOLLY PARTON, SONGTELLER

"DOLLY PARTON, SONGTELLER" by DOLLY PARTON

A 60-year celebration of the country music and pop culture legend’s remarkable life and career explores the songs that have defined her journey and contains rare photos and memorabilia that share additional insights into classic Parton lyrics.

Book Cover: BECOMING

"BECOMING" by MICHELLE OBAMA

An intimate memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.

Book Cover: MODERN WARRIORS

"MODERN WARRIORS" by PETE HEGSETH

Presents inspiring stories from fifteen highly decorated members of America's military, drawing on candid conversations to discuss what inspired them to serve, the realities of war, and the difficulty of transitioning back home.

Book Cover: NO TIME LIKE THE FUTURE

"NO TIME LIKE THE FUTURE" by MICHAEL J. FOX

The actor shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how perceptions about time affect the consideration of mortality.

Book Cover: HOME BODY

"HOME BODY" by RUPI KAUR

Rupi Kaur constantly embraces growth, and in "Home Body," she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present, and the potential of the self. home body is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself - reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and embrace change. illustrated by the author, themes of nature and nurture, light and dark, rest here.

Book Cover: MY OWN WORDS

"MY OWN WORDS" by RUTH BADER GINSBURG

A first book by the Supreme Court Justice since her 1993 appointment collects engaging, serious and playful writings and speeches on topics ranging from gender equality and the workings of the Court to Judaism and the value of looking beyond U.S. shores when interpreting the Constitution.

Book Cover: HILLBILLY ELEGY

"HILLBILLY ELEGY" by J. D. VANCE

Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons ofthe past.

Book Cover: THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE

"THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE" by BESSEL VAN DER KOLK

A forefront expert on traumatic stress outlines his own take on healing, explaining how traumatic stress affects brain processes and how to use innovative treatments to reactivate the mind's abilities to trust, engage others and experience pleasure. 

Book Cover: THE TRUTHS WE HOLD

"THE TRUTHS WE HOLD" by KAMALA HARRIS

The civil rights leader, senator, and former attorney general of California draws on the lessons of her activist immigrant family to make recommendations for the universal issues of today, including economic inequality, health care, and national security.

Book Cover: BRAIDING SWEETGRASS

"BRAIDING SWEETGRASS" by ROBIN WALL KIMMERER

Explains how developing a wider ecological consciousness can foster an increased understanding of both nature's generosity and the reciprocal relationship humans have with the natural world.


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