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Top 15 bestsellers in nonfiction

By: Christy V. Temple

Okay, it’s the end of the month of November and I thought I would do things a little differently this time for my end-of-month blog. Instead of me waxing poetic about a particular topic of my choosing or discussing one of our many databases that we have available to the public, I thought I would instead give a listing of the top 15 bestsellers in nonfiction for the week ending December 3rd.

So, without further adieu, here is a list of the top 15 bestsellers in adult nonfiction that I gleaned from the Library Journal website:

Hardcover nonfiction bestselling titles:

Promise me, Dad by: Joe Biden

Obama by: Pete Souza

Leonardo Da Vinci by: Walter Isaacson

Bobby Kennedy by: Chris Matthews

Hacks by: Donna Brazile

Grant by: Ron Chernow

Sisters First by: Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans by: Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Killing England by: Bill O’Reilly

What Happened by: Hillary Rodham Clinton

God, Faith, and Reason by: Michael Savage

What Unites Us by: Dan Rather

Endurance by: Scott Kelly

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by: Neil deGrasse Tyson

We were eight years in power by: Ta-Nehisi Coates

I hope this list gives you some ideas of new nonfiction to try out for these cold, winter days ahead. In the meantime, I hope you have a great week and stop by the Daviess County Public Library to check out one of these great books today!

LeRedBaron on Writing

Hello , DCPL readers!
Today I’m going to talk not about reading, but writing. When I was younger I read a lot. I dreamed constantly about fantasy worlds, and in fourth grade my teacher had us do creative writing, and my ideas moved to the paper.
I didn’t share them much, mostly because they were all works in progress, and I didn’t want them to be either ruined or lost, and I couldn’t work on them if someone else had them.
Then, in seventh grade, I found out about google docs. I could share them with my friends, with differing levels of editing power (once or twice they would delete everything, then undo it to give me a heart attack). More power to me, I could edit them anywhere with internet and a device.
Finally, during my sophomore year, my cousin introduced me to the site, Wattpad, a story sharing website that allows people to post and edit their works. I have several stories posted, though most are unfinished. It’s a fun way to let other authors (and readers) see my stories and give me feedback.
I have seen all sorts of fiction books (I haven’t searched out any non fiction, so I don’t actually know if they have that, but my guess is they do). There is a lot of teen/young adult fiction, including werewolves, science fiction, romance, and of course, my genre, fantasy. There are some children’s books, though I personally haven’t read them, and therefore can’t say if they’re good or not.
My favorite book I’m writing is Knight of the Dawn, a collab project with my cousin. I’m writing from the perspective of a dragon hunter, Macus Drake, while she writes from the point of view of a dragon protector, or Knight of the Dawn (hence the title), named Willow Rose. These two meet and a battle of wits ensues back and forth as they both try to take advantage of the other.
I find that Wattpad calls to both the reader and the writer in me, and it has been a fun, enjoyable tool for both of these sides. Like I said, I write, and if you want to go look me up, I write clean, good fantasy and science fiction stories, most of which I am still working on. My pen name is currently LeRedBaron. I hope you enjoy my stories and Wattpad as a whole if you do check it out!
Until next time

Listen, Learn, Remember Their Names

By: Maggie Riney

Think of the strongest person you know. What characteristics does he or she possess? Do they face adversity without doubt? Do they stand alongside the oppressed when the world seemingly turned its back? Do they stand firm in their beliefs? Holocaust survivor and author Fred Gross contains all of these qualities and many more.

In his moving memoir, One Step Ahead of Hitler: A Jewish Child’s Journey through France, Gross recants his family’s chilling tale of fleeing Nazi Germany’s invasion into Belgium. We are lucky enough to have him speak at the Daviess County Public Library on February 2nd at 6:00 PM.

If one would like further information Holocaust survivors, below are several downloadable resources.

New York Time’s bestselling author Leon Leyson tells his heart wrenching account of being forced to relocate from Poland to the Krakow ghetto in The Boy on the Wooden Box. In his story he experiences immensurable horror and, thankfully, meets a smart and clever man by the name of Oskar Schindler who saves his life.

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom follows an incredibly influential heroine of the Resistance. Beginning as a Dutch watchmaker, Boom and her family risk their lives helping rescue Jews from capture. For their bravery they were punished in one the Nazi death camps, themselves.

In the film As Seen Through These Eyes, see the artwork that Holocaust survivors created during their time in the Concentration Camps and after. Narrated by Maya Angelou, these brave souls fought against the Third Reich using their memory and pencil to paper.

All of the above titles, as well as hundreds of others, are available on the Hoopla App using your library card information.

Please take this tremendous opportunity to come and listen to Fred Gross on February 2nd and 6:00 PM.

BEST OF 2016: Taryn Norris, Public Services

Our “Best Of 2016” series will be a bit different than most. Rather than having the staff write about things released this year, we’ve elected to allow anything they’ve listened to/played/read/watched this year that they’ve enjoyed. Favorite programs we’ve hosted also might make lists as well. Our second installment comes to us from Taryn Norris of our Public Services.

The two reviews listed below are just a couple children’s books (one picture book and one juvenile/middle grades fiction) that were my two favorites this year. To include the highest circulating and most popular titles from 2016, see the list below.

• A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers, illustrated by Sam Winston
For book lovers of all ages, Jeffers creates a beautifully creative picture book illustrated with books and lines from books. Two children discover all the wonder in the “mountains of make-believe” and “the forests of fairy tales” as they journey through a landscape of words. This book can be read simply for its story or the discovery of lines from classic works such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Great Expectations, and The Swiss Family Robinson.

• The Search for WondLa written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
A tale of self-discovery in the vein of The Wizard of Oz, The Search for WondLa follows a young girl, Eva Nine, and wise alien, Rovender Kitt, as they search for Eva’s family. DiTerlizzi intricately weaves together the landscape and creatures of the planet Orbona with his many details and unexpected action. Sci-fi/fantasy fans will fall in love with this series! Be sure to have book #2 (A Hero for WondLa) on hand as soon as you finish this one!

Here are some of the highest circulating (most popular) children’s books of 2016.

If you’re looking for…

• Hilariously true struggles and misadventures of middle school, try the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
• Time traveling child adventurers, try the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
• Pre-teens who turn out to be gods, try The Trials of Apollo series (Greek gods) or Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard series (Norse gods) by Rick Riordan
• Fun, family stories about everyday life and valuable lessons, try the Berenstain Bears books by Jan and Stan Berenstain
• Picture books for girly girls who love dress-up and princesses, try the Fancy Nancy books by Jane O’Connor

BEST OF 2016: Kevin Clark, Reference Department

Our “Best Of 2016” series will be a bit different than most. Rather than having the staff write about things released this year, we’ve elected to allow anything they’ve listened to/played/read/watched this year that they’ve enjoyed. Favorite programs we’ve hosted also might make lists as well. Our second installment comes to us from Kevin Clark of our Reference Department.

• Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
We are a product of our choices. Every time you make a choice a new version of you is created. And another version of you exists somewhere who made the opposite choice. This is the core idea of Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter. Jason Dessen is a family man and physics professor at a middling Chicago college, and by his own admission he’s essentially happy where he is. But after a startling abduction and drugging he finds himself in a world he doesn’t recognize. No longer married to his wife, his son nowhere to be found, surrounded by people whom he doesn’t recognize but who clearly know him. What’s happened? The story of Dark Matter begins, and it dynamically spirals down the rabbit hole of string theory. Jason must discover, first what’s happened to him, second how to get back to the life he knows, and finally how to move forward knowing what he now knows. From page one Crouch infuses this story with urgency and momentum that carries the reader though an exciting and mind bending adventure with the highest stakes. Crouch does a great job of explaining some pretty heady scientific concepts in a way that clarifies without bogging the story down with too much hard science. He’s also created an interesting and rounded character in Jason Dessen who we can see ourselves in and root for. Dark Matter is an epic adventure tale on the scale (perhaps larger) of The Odyssey that science fiction fans will enjoy. It’ll leave you wondering where you’d be had your choices been different.

• Nod by Adrian Barnes
Without sleep the human mind will lapse into psychosis within six days. After four weeks the body begins to shut down. What if the people of the world suddenly lost the ability to sleep? What if everyone were slowly losing their minds except a lucky few who could still sleep? What would the world become? That’s Adrian Barnes’ Nod. Paul and Tanya live in Vancouver when the sleeplessness inexplicably hits. An uncomfortable curiosity quickly turns to distressing panic when it’s realized not only are most people not sleeping, but what might happen if it continues. Paul is one of the lucky few still able to sleep. At night he dreams of a euphoric bright light, while during the day he watches Tanya slowly disintegrate into a grotesque version of her former self. As the larger world spins out of control Paul must figure out how to navigate this new world while keeping himself and those he cares for safe. This engrossing tale written in vibrant prose is a short list nominee for the Arthur C. Clark award. It’s a quick and entertaining read that just might keep you up at night.

• Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
Speculative Fiction novel Underground Airlines is not quite a masterpiece, but it definitely kept me thinking for a while after reading. The world of Underground Airlines is not like our own. In this world there was no Emancipation Proclamation and slavery was never completely abolished. The states still employing slavery are known as the Hard Four and they are places hard to reconcile with our modern thinking. The larger world is, at times seemingly no different than our own, while at other times startlingly foreign. Protagonist, Victor, is a young black US Marshall tasked with tracking down and returning runaway slaves. While pursuing a man named Jackdaw Victor’s feelings for his job become increasingly complicated as his past begins to mingle with his present. Ben Winters has created a story that is engaging and exciting, and through the use of Victor’s struggle to square himself with his job and his world actually makes a commentary on our current world. This book may be a bit of a challenge for some readers, but those who see it through will undoubtedly get something out of it.

• The Fireman by Joe Hill
Joe Hill may use a different name, but he has no qualms embracing his dear old dad Stephen King’s legacy. In The Fireman Hill simultaneously maintains that legacy while completely standing on his own as a great fiction writer. In The Fireman Hill imagines a world ravaged by a plague called Dragonscale. The infected are traced with black and gold markings along their skin and distress and anxiety eventually cause them to burst into flames. Harper is a nurse during the onset of the Dragonscale outbreak and quickly finds herself not only infected, but also pregnant. Her fight to keep herself and her unborn child safe takes her to some terrifying and also surprising places. Harper soon learns that what she thought was a death sentence may actually be a great strength. I cannot say much more without spoiling the reveals that Hill sprinkles throughout the story. Hill is a master of defying expectations and changes the trajectory of the story multiple times with dizzying and exciting effect. Stephen King fans may also notice a few references that create connective tissue between the works of father and son. I was constantly surprised by this book and I highly recommend it.

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