Bestsellers at Readers' Books
Week of 4/1: Fiction and Children's
1. “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump” by Michael Isikoff and David Corn
Two veteran investigative journalists’ account of how Putin and Russia hacked the 2016 Presidential election as a covert operation to subvert American democracy.
2, “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America” by David Cay Johnston
Longtime Trump-observing journalist’s account of how White House and federal officials’ actions are inflicting serious harm on the government and country.
3. “The Common Good” by Robert B. Reich
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor makes the case for the existence of a common good, through examples of everyday reality and common sense.
4. “The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth” by Michio Kaku
A celebrated physicist goes back to the future with an examination of how humans may eventually move away from Earth and build a sustainable existence somewhere out there.
5. “The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath” by Leslie Jamison
Bestselling author blends memoir, cultural history and journalistic reportage to convey the addiction experience.
1. “Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House” by Alyssa Mastromonaco
Candid and charming memoir from the former deputy chief of staff for Obama that chronicles her unexpected career in government.
2. “Polishing the Mirror: How to Live From Your Spiritual Heart” by Ram Dass
From the author of Be Here Now, a collection of 40 teachings that include yoga, meditation and chanting, with frank discussions about aging and finding the path to personal growth.
3. “My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir” by Meir Shalev
From one of Israel’s most celebrated novelists, a charming memoir of mid 20th century family life in Israel, with a particularly vivid and affectionate tribute to the author’s quirky grandmother.
4. “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz
Originally published in 1997, based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the author offers a code of conduct to transform lives into freedom, true happiness and love.
5. “Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy” by Helene Stapinski
Memoir that captures the beauty and grit of southern Italy, in recalling the life of her great-great grandmother who fled to America in 1892 with her 3 children, after committing murder.
1. “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” by Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss and Eg Keller
Illustrated, ages 5-8. A very special bunny falls in love with a boy bunny, sending the message of tolerance and democracy.
2. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle
Middle Reader, ages 10-14. Originally published in the early 1960s, one of America’s most beloved coming of age fantasy story and now a major motion picture.
3. “The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes” by Dubose Heyward and Marjorie Flack
Illustrated, ages 4-7. A country bunny becomes the Easter Bunny, despite having 21 of her own children. Kindness and cleverness win out over size and brawn in this tale originally written in 1939.
4. “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
Illustrated, ages 5-7. The story of a an African American second grader and a natural born scientist who is full of boundless imagination and curiosity.
5. “What to Say Next” by Julie Buxbaum
YA, ages 12+. An unlikely friendship blossoms between a popular girl and an autistic boy, following the tragic death of the girl’s father.