1. The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669 2. All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586 3. The Nightingale Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223 4. The Buried Giant Kazuo Ishiguro, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307271037 5. A Spool of Blue Thread Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101874271
1. Dead Wake Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860 2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307 3. H Is for Hawk Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411 4. Being Mortal Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159 5. Killing Patton Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
This book really has changed my life.
Following the KonMari Method will ultimately change the way you think about your belongings. Kondo's philosophy is simple: by surrounding yourself with things that bring you joy, you can create your own personalized ideal lifestyle.
She instructs you to organize everything by category and gives you specific tips for dealing with each one. Along the way, she tells you stories about her quirky lifelong quest to find the most efficient and effective tidying methods. You won't regret it!
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo (Ten Speed Press) Recommended by Cary at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC
A Week at the Lake by Wendy Wax
From the USA Today bestselling author of The House on Mermaid Point comes a powerful novel about secrets, loyalty, and the bonds of true friendship . . .
Twenty years ago, Emma Michaels, Mackenzie Hayes, and Serena Stockton bonded over their New York City dreams. Then, each summer, they solidified their friendship by spending one week at the lake together, solving their problems over bottles of wine and gallons of ice cream. They kept the tradition for years, until jealousy, lies, and life’s disappointments made them drift apart.
It’s been five years since Emma has seen her friends, an absence designed to keep them from discovering a long-ago betrayal. Now she’s in desperate need of their support. The time has come to reveal her secrets—and hopefully rekindle their connection.
But when a terrible accident keeps Emma from saying her piece, Serena and Mackenzie begin to learn about the past on their own. Now, to heal their friendship and their broken lives, the three women will have to return to the lake that once united them, and discover which relationships are worth holding on to . . .
Included in this edition only—Wendy Wax’s novella, Christmas at the Beach
On the mysterious disappearance and reappearance of the blue bicycle.
In which her ladyship, the editor, admits an inexplicable fondness for tea towels, Ms. Tennie Self remembers what it took to have her marriage acknowledged in the phone book, and The Blue Bicycle's blue bicycle disappears and reappears.
HOLD LOVE STRONG by MATTHEW AARON GOODMAN – “Goodman’s relevant and enlightening debut novel belongs somewhere on the shelf between Richard Wright’s Native Son and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, both for its social importance and literary beauty. The novel is told in a series of vignettes, and centers around Abraham Singleton, a young man using all his available resources to navigate the housing projects of New York City. For Abraham, desperation and hope always coexist, but with the ups and downs of his life he finds one constant: the enduring love of his family. A brilliant read, everyone should be able to get into this coming of age story.” Amanda at Inkwood Book in Tampa, FL
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