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Check out these New York Times Best Sellers!

January 9, 2020

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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.


"WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING" by DELIA OWENS

Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a tragedy, a beautiful hermit who has survived for years in a marsh becomes targeted by unthinkable forces.

"THE GUARDIANS" by JOHN GRISHAM

The best-selling author of The Reckoning and The Rooster Bar presents his latest fast-paced legal thriller, incorporating his signature inventive twists and turns into a courtroom drama inspired by some of today’s most hot-button issues.

"THE INSTITUTE" by STEPHEN KING

Abducted youth Luke Ellis is imprisoned in an inescapable institute, where children with the abilities of telekinesis and telepathy are subjected to torturous manipulation.

"THE LAST WISH" by ANDRZEJ SAPKOWSKI

Geralt de Riv, a witcher, uses his vast sorcerous powers to hunt down the monsters that threaten the world, but he soon discovers that not every monstrous-looking creature is evil, and not everything beautiful is good.

"THE NIGHT FIRE" by MICHAEL CONNELLY

Receiving a notebook with details about a 20-year cold case, homicide detective Harry Bosch teams up with LAPD detective Renée Ballard before uncovering disturbing clues about his late mentor.

"EDUCATED" by TARA WESTOVER

Traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.

"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.

"TALKING TO STRANGERS" by MALCOLM GLADWELL

Through a series of encounters and misunderstandings - from history, psychology and infamous legal cases - Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual adventure into the darker side of human nature, where strangers are never simple and misreading them can have disastrous consequences.

"ME" by ELTON JOHN

An official autobiography by the influential music artist, published to coincide with the release of Rocketman, includes coverage of John’s complicated upbringing in a London suburb, his celebrity collaborations, his struggles with addiction and the establishment of his AIDS Foundation.

"SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS" by BRIAN KILMEADE

Brings to life one of the most pivotal moments in American history—the fight for Texas led by General Sam Houston who, along with his army of underdog Texians, was victorious over the enemy, securing their freedom and paving the way for America’s growth.

"THE GUARDIANS" by JOHN GRISHAM

The best-selling author of The Reckoning and The Rooster Bar presents his latest fast-paced legal thriller, incorporating his signature inventive twists and turns into a courtroom drama inspired by some of today’s most hot-button issues.

"CRISS CROSS" by JAMES PATTERSON

An ominous message by a copycat killer forces Alex Cross and John Sampson to investigate whether an innocent man has been executed. By the best-selling author of Cross Fire.

"THE TESTAMENTS" by MARGARET ATWOOD

A long-anticipated sequel to the best-selling The Handmaid’s Tale is set 15 years after Offred stepped into an unknown fate and interweaves the experiences of three female narrators from Gilead.

"THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ" by HEATHER MORRIS

A novel based on the true story of an Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor traces the experiences of a Jewish Slovakian who uses his position as a concentration-camp tattooist to secure food for his fellow prisoners.

"THE OVERSTORY" by RICHARD POWERS

A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.

"THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW" by A. J. FINN

After the Russells move in next door, Anna Fox, a recluse, finds her world crumbling when she witnesses something she shouldn't.

"LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE" by CELESTE NG

When a custody battle divides her placid town, straitlaced family woman Elena Richardson finds herself pitted against her enigmatic tenant and becomes obsessed with exposing her past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both families.

"BEFORE WE WERE YOURS" by LISA WINGATE

A tale inspired by firsthand accounts about the notoriously corrupt Tennessee Children's Home Society follows the efforts of a Baltimore assistant D.A. to uncover her parents' fateful secrets in the wake of a political attack and a chance encounter with a stranger.

"SAPIENS" by YUVAL NOAH HARARI

A narrative history of humanity's creation and evolution explores how biology and history have defined understandings of what it means to be human and details the role of modern cognition in shaping the ecosystem and civilizations.

"JUST MERCY" by BRYAN STEVENSON

The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.

"I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES" by CHARLES BRANDT

The inspiration for the major motion picture, THE IRISHMAN, directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel, and written by Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian.

"BORN A CRIME" by TREVOR NOAH

The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world.


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