1. My Name Is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695 2. All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586 3. The Swans of Fifth Avenue Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698 4. The Nightingale Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223 5. The Forgotten Room Karen White, et al., NAL, $26, 9780451474629
1. The Road to Little Dribbling Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539289 2. When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406 3. Dark Money Jane Mayer, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385535595 4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307 5. Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
Pacific by Simon Winchester
Simon Winchester takes on the Pacific Ocean in his latest popular history.
To tackle a topic that is too big to adequately cover in a one volume, Winchester instead tells 10 different stories that all have the Pacific as a common thread. From nuclear testing on Bikini Island to the transfer of Hong Kong from Britian to China, Winchester illustrates the wide and varied impact the Pacific has had and continues to have on our planet.
Whereas the Mediterranean was the focus of the ancient world and the Atlantic the center of current times, the author convincingly argues that the Pacific will be the most important ocean in our future.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision by Simon Winchester (Harper) Recommended by Andy Brennan at Parnassus Books Nashville TN
Hedgehogs are all the rage in 2016. Even in picture books!
In this adorable story, hedgehogs Horace and Hattie are BFFs. But they can’t hug because they’re too spiky.
Will they find a way to overcome their spikiness?
Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson, Lucy Tapper (Henry Holt & Company) Recommended by Rae Ann Parker at Parnassus Books Nashville TN
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Else's Love Story and gods in Alabama an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.
Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with southern oral tradition to reinvent their history as they roved. But everything, including Paula's birth name, Kali Jai, changed when she told a story of her own one that landed Kai in prison and Paula in foster care. With the two of them separated, each holding her own secrets, the intense bond they once shared was fractured.
These days, Paula has reincarnated herself as a tough-as-nails divorce attorney with a successful practice in Atlanta. While she hasn t seen Kai in fifteen years, she's still making payments on that karmic debt until the day her last check is returned in the mail, along with a mystifying note: I am going on a journey, Kali. I am going back to my beginning; death is not the end. You will be the end. We will meet again, and there will be new stories. You know how Karma works.
Then Kai's most treasured secret literally lands on Paula's doorstep, throwing her life into chaos and transforming her from only child to older sister. Desperate to find her mother before it's too late, Paula sets off on a journey of discovery that will take her back to the past and into the deepest recesses of her heart. With the help of her ex-lover Birdwine, an intrepid and emotionally volatile private eye who still carries a torch for her, this brilliant woman, an expert at wrecking families, now has to figure out how to put one back together her own.
The Opposite of Everyone is a story about story itself, how the tales we tell connect us, break us, and define us, and how the endings and beginnings we choose can destroy us . . . and make us whole. Laced with sharp humor and poignant insight, it is beloved New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson at her very best.
Have some music with your words, some art with your music.
In which Ms. Celeste Fletcher McHale remembers an lost friend in fiction, Mr. Taylor Brown discovers that he has lived in a whorehouse, and the Decatur Library brings together a hillbilly wannabe, an Arkansas Living Treasure, a CMA musician of the year, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and a recovering heroin addict and puts them all in the same room. Lady Banks' Commonplace Book
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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