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1. Educated: A Memoir

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It’s rare for memoirs to make it to the top of the bestselling books list, but you will understand why this book is an exemption.  The author, Tara Westwover, was born in a survivalist family of the Mormon faith in the forests of Idaho spending her childhood always preparing for the Apocalypse. In fact, she was already 17 years old when she even stepped in school. This is a story of human triumph. How an uneducated girl realized that she can be better and pursued her goals against all odds. Tara Westwover is self-taught until she could be admitted into the Brigham Young University and on to Harvard and Cambridge. But it’s also a journey of how she’s come to terms about her violent past.

Edition: February 20, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $12.99

Hardcover – $16.08

Paperback – $20.40

Mass Market Paperback – $9.99

No. of Buyer Reviews: 2,868

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

2. The Great Alone

Kristin Hannah’s name may not be mainstream but the author has developed quite a few following for her compelling prose. She wrote more than 20 novels but best known for The Nightingale, which won the Best Historical Fiction in 2015. But she even managed to come up with a better book withThe Great Alone. It’s a story of one family, plucked by their father suffering from PTSD after his Vietnam experience, and moved them to a remote village in Alaska. Despite the challenges of surviving amid the elements and meager resources, the main threat to 13-year-old Leni and her mother Cora is right at home as war veteran ErntAllbright begins to unravel.

Edition: February 6, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $11.89

Hardcover – $18.89

Paperback – $20.25

No. of Buyer Reviews: 4,622

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

3. The Feather Thief

This is the story about Edwin Rist, the 20-year-old American flautist, who broke into the British National Museum to steal rare birds for their feathers purportedly to be used for fly-fishing. It’s a bizarre story indeed but to author Kirk W. Johnson’s credit, he manages to make the whole topic interesting and keeps the reader engaged for more than 300 pages. After all, if you have no interest in museums, fly-fishing, and ornithology, this caper will probably fit a single page. The challenge of contemporary fiction is always how to provide new information or get a new angle into the story that is well-covered by the media. Fortunately, Johnson accomplished that feat and he’s taking us along with him for the ride.

Edition: April 24, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $12.99

Hardcover – $18.36

Paperback – $17.02

No. of Buyer Reviews: 162

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

4. The Woman in the Window

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Anna Fox spends all her days coop inside her New York home just watching the world go by through her window. One day a seemingly perfect family moves in next door. A father, mother, and a teenage boy. However, when she witnessed something appalling in the home of the Russells, she reported it to the authorities. What follows will turn her life on its head. Did she imagine the whole thing? What makes the story compelling is that Anna is the classic unreliable witness. She loves her wine and pills too much so much so that her perception could be addled. But she’s also a psychologist by training and very much self-aware. So which is the truth and which is not?

Edition: January 2, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $6.75

Hardcover – $16.20

Paperback – $9.95

No. of Buyer Reviews: 4,337

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

5. The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border

Our protagonist is Francisco Cantú whose life is as tied to the border between US and Mexico as a fawn to a teat. His mother is a Mexican immigrant while his father was a park ranger. Naturally, he joins the border patrol at the first chance he gets. His experience is very traumatic, which forces him to quit. However, when a friend visits Mexico to see his dying mother and does not return, he makes it his mission to find out what happened. He finds that the border that he was trying so hard to escape from has come back to haunt him.

Edition: March 6, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $12.99

Hardcover – $17.68

Paperback – $9.16

No. of Buyer Reviews: 153

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

6. Girls Burn Brighter

This debut novel from Shobha Rao revolves around the friendship between Poornima and Savitha, two Indian girls who grew up poor. Poornima’s father has a Sari business, but it’s only enough to make ends meet. Savitha worked in one of the Sari looms and the two quickly developed a friendship. Poornima was drawn to Savitha’s passion and endless optimism despite her deprived conditions. However, Poornima has problems of her own as she’s being forced by her father into a marriage she doesn’t want. However, when Savitha disappeared one day, Poornima left everything behind to find her friend. It took her four years and journeyed from India to America to reunite with Savitha. The whole thing is narrated amid the backdrop of human trafficking, arrange marriage, and domestic abuse. The narration shifts from the POV of both girls and though that can be confusing at times, the author lessened the chances of confusing by alternating the POV between chapters.

Edition: March 6, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $13.99

Hardcover – $16.44

Paperback – $17.99

No. of Buyer Reviews: 108

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

7. The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts

This memoir is about the journey of Tessa Fontaine who refuses to let her circumstances bring her down. For three years, her life has been about juggling between the hospital and the house as her mother suffered stroke after stroke. However, that didn’t stop her from following her dream of joining the circus. She assumed the personality of a snake charmer, an escape artist, and her alter-ego Electra, the girl who plays with high-voltage electricity. If anything else, we get a glimpse of what life’s like in the circus and the colorful personalities that bring that magic to life.

Edition: May 1, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $13.99

Hardcover – $14.84

Paperback – $16

No. of Buyer Reviews: 36

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

8. Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1)

Taking the page from the popular YA novels of today, Children of Blood and bone is the first book of many. The setting is in Orïsha and you have all the characters you expect from a fantasy book. The narration jumps from one character to the next. You have the protagonist Zélie and Princess Amari, who is saved by Zélie, and then there’s Inan, the brother of Princess Amari and the crown prince. Those three are bound together for what could become a tragic ending. One of the best things about this debut novel is that it is based on the rich West-African culture unlike most YA novels today.

Edition: March 6, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $6.79

Hardcover – $14.24

Paperback – $10.55

No. of Buyer Reviews: 1,537

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

9. The Immortalists

This is the story of four adolescent siblings in 1969 who were told of the day they will die from the mouth of a fortune teller with a reputation for accurate predictions. It attempts to answer the age-old question of what you will do if you know the date of your death. Simon goes to the Wst Coast, particularly in San Francisco, Daniel becomes an army doctor after the events of 9/11, Klara becomes a street magician in Las Vegas, while Varya seems to be trying to cheat death as she buries her head on researching the science of achieving immortality. Were their choices influenced by what the gypsy woman told them all those years ago? Do they really have a say in how they live knowing the day of their deaths?

Edition: January 9, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $12.59

Hardcover – $15.28

Paperback – $14.40

No. of Buyer Reviews: 872

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars

10. There There

For a debut novel, Tommy Orange certainly is not holding back. In terms of scope, it’s very ambitious considering that the story is told from the perspective of 12 Native Americans characters who all find themselves in the Big Oakland Powwow. For those outside the US, a Powwow is a gather of Native American nations, and it’s such a big deal. The characters in this novel have very different reasons for joining the event. Here is a novel told from a perspective of a modern Native American set in the backdrop of negligence, abuse, and dislocation. His debut novel packs a powerful punch, with prose bordering on poetry, you half-dread to turn the leaf knowing you will be closer to the last page.

Edition: June 5, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $13.99

Hardcover – $17.64

Paperback – $17.55

No. of Buyer Reviews: 288

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

11. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

This novel gives you a glimpse of the mind of Michelle McNamara, a journalist specializing in true crime stories. She even created the website TrueCrimeDiary.com, which is a repository of the deviants and serial killers. She was obsessed about the Golden State Killer who assaulted 50 known victims in Northern California and was the subject of one of the largest manhunts in the state history. He moved south to commit 10 murders before completely vanishing off the face of the earth. Who is he and where did he go? This is the last opus of McNamara before she died of drug overdose. And that in itself is as tragic as some of the victims in her stories.

Edition: February 27, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $14.99

Hardcover – $18.39

Paperback – $14.33

No. of Buyer Reviews: 1,155

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

12. You Think It, I’ll Say It

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This is a collection of short stories from the mind of Curtis Sittenfield, the New York Times bestselling author known for her acerbic wit and her fictionalized memoir of Laura Bush. In this novel, she introduces you to different characters with a sprinkling of social commentary, humor, as well as her unique insight into human nature. The title of the book comes from the story titled “The World Has Many Butterflies.” It’s actually a game developed Julie and Graham, both characters in the story. You will find out why it’s integral to the whole collection and why Sittenfield chose to highlight that particular phrase.

Edition: April 24, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $13.99

Hardcover – $15.05

Paperback – $18.76

No. of Buyer Reviews: 149

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars

13. Circe

This is a retelling of the Greek Mythology. You will be introduced to Circe, the daughter of Helios (the sun god) and Perse, a nymph. However, she has no power like her dad and she’s certainly not as attractive as her mom. She settled in the world of mortals where she finds that she’s very good at witchcraft and can influence others into becoming evil and annoy the gods in the process. She is exiled to a deserted island where she meets all the iconic figures in Greek mythology. You will meet Odysseus, Daedalus and Icarus, the Minotaur and Medea. Her actions, however, have angered not just mortals but the gods as well. She will find herself at a crossroads and decide finally whether she will choose to live among the gods or mortals.

Edition: April 10, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $7.48

Hardcover – $18.36

Paperback – $11.59

No. of Buyer Reviews: 725

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

14. The Overstory

Here, Richard Powers, winner of the National Book Award, shows off all the ammunition in his arsenal. Even if the themes in the Overstory are perhaps darker than his previous books, and the direction seems to be going everywhere at once, showing a little faith in his vision will yield a huge reward at the end. You have four characters—An Air Force personnel, an undergraduate who lived again after dying from electrocution, an artist, and a deaf-and-mute scientist—whose lives are intertwined. Then you have five other strangers who are thrown into the mix and Powers lay down the foundation for what’s going to be a tour-de-force novel. The author took his merry time to let the story unfold and you will really enjoy the journey with him.

Edition: April 3, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $14.99

Hardcover – $19

Paperback – $16.16

No. of Buyer Reviews: 298

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

15. Warlight

The setting is in London in 1945 and the world is still struggling after World War II. Our protagonists are brother and sister Nathaniel and Rachel who seemed to be orphaned and are under the care of a man known only as The Moth. He could be a criminal but they don’t care. The Moth also has a motley crew of men and women who seem to gravitate toward the siblings and are doing everything to protect them as well as teach them the ways of the world the best way they know how. Fast forward many years later when Nathaniel is all grown up, he tries to answer the mystery surrounding his childhood with The Moth and his friends. As with mystery novels, everything is not as it seems.

Edition: March 8, (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $13.99

Hardcover – $16.34

Paperback – $10.97

No. of Buyer Reviews: 352

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars

16. The Largesse of Sea Maidens

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This is a collection of short stories from poet and playwright Denis Johnson. This is his seminal work as he managed to complete it just before his death in 2017. The themes of some of the stories are a departure of what you might expect from a Johnson book. There’s a certain gloom that accompanies the tone of the whole collection. He died of lung cancer so mortality and surrender dominate the theme. However, you would be glad to know that even if cancer has racked his body, his mind—and his wordplay—is still very sharp. This is a must-have for fans of Johnson so they can celebrate his life even if death robbed us of a great writer.

Edition: January 16, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $11.99

Hardcover – $18.36

Paperback – $11.59

No. of Buyer Reviews: 73

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

17. How to Change Your Mind

How to Change Your Mind, or alternatively, “What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence,” (yes, that’s a mouthful, indeed) is a trying to convince us that LSD and other mind-altering drugs are not as addictive as their reputation may suggest. They will also not harm your mind in the long term. You will not lose control even if you indulge in these psychedelic drugs unless you allow yourself to do so. There’s a lot of controversy in his thesis but he swears that he backs them up with a lot of research and personal experience. What he is saying that these drugs are getting underserved negative publicity when his experience, along with professionals he interviewed for this book, was very positive.

if death robbed us of a great writer.

Edition: March 15, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $14.99

Hardcover – $16.99

Paperback – $20.40

No. of Buyer Reviews: 289

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

18. Look Alive Out There

This is a collection of essays from Sloane Crosley and she’s really standing naked for the world to see here. Her personality shines through in all her writings, her sardonic humor, her sense of irony, and even some depravity. It almost feels like some of the essays were a result of her stream of consciousness but later edited for better copy. For instance, a good number of them are just 1-2 pages long to be classified an essay. It’s probably more accurate to call them a commentary. Others run over 20 pages long. But there is a clear demarcation that you don’t lose yourself. You can jump from one essay to the next without missing a beat.

if death robbed us of a great writer.

Edition: April 3, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $13.99

Hardcover – $14.30

Paperback – $17

No. of Buyer Reviews: 47

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

19. Love and Ruin

Authored by Paula McLain (The Paris Wife), she is bringing to life Martha Gellhorn who won’t be probably recognized by most people today. But back in her time, she was more than just Ernest Hemingway’s wife. She was known as one of the best war correspondents of her generation. She traveled the world—and survived the most dangerous places—but she’s about to face her greatest challenge: Hemingway’s destiny to become America’s most celebrated literary giant. Whatever she did after For Whom the Bell Tolls was published, it would still fall short of her husband’s accomplishments. Will she stay or not?

if death robbed us of a great writer.

Edition: May 1, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $12.99

Hardcover – $19.04

Paperback – $17

No. of Buyer Reviews: 280

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

20. God Save Texas

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Pulitzer winner Lawrence Wright goes right into Trumpland to delve into one of America’s most interesting states. Will he shatter or reinforce stereotypes?  Perhaps, he should be credited for trying very hard not to form preconceptions first before doing the book. He’s taking the readers on his journey, regardless of the outcomes and the conclusions at the end of the ride. He’s holding a mirror for the reader to see. Is Texas really the model economy that every state should follow? Wright knows Texas as he lived in Austin and that love for the state permeates the level of objectivity he tries hard to portray.

if death robbed us of a great writer.

Edition: April 17, 2018 (Hardcover)

Format and Price:

Kindle – $14.99

Hardcover – $19

Paperback – $11.56

No. of Buyer Reviews: 149

No. of Sales: Not mentioned

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

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