Sunday, 25 January 2015

Bestsellers: Fiction, Jan., 2015

TitleContributorISBNPublisherImprintList Price
Be Careful What You Wish ForJeffrey Archer9781250034465St. Martin's PressSt. Martin's11.99
Unlucky 13James Patterson and Maxine Paetro9781455516001Grand Central PublishingGrand Central18
KillerJonathan Kellerman9780345505767Random House Publishing GroupBallantine11.99
The Book Of Negroes (Movie Tie-In)Lawrence Hill9781443442107HarperCollins Canada, LimitedHarperPerennial17.99
Dance Upon The Air: Three Sisters Trilogy #1Nora Roberts9780425278147Penguin Group (USA) IncorporatedBerkley19
Still Alice (Paperback Movie Tie-In)Lisa Genova9781501106422Gallery BooksGallery18.99
GoneJames Patterson and Michael Ledwidge9781455515851Grand Central PublishingVision11
NYPD Red 2James Patterson and Marshall Karp9781455515981Grand Central PublishingGrand Central18
Mr. MercedesStephen King9781476754475Gallery BooksGallery18.99
Still Alice (Mass Market Movie Tie-In)Lisa Genova9781501107733Pocket Books [NY, USA]Pocket9.99

Bestsellers - Non-fiction, Jan 2015

TitleContributorISBNPublisherImprintList Price
Yes PleaseAmy Poehler9781443424523HarperCollins Publishers LimitedHarperCollins32.99
Sticky Branding: 12.5 Principles To Stand Out, Attract Customers, And Grow An Incredible BrandJeremy Miller9781459728103DundurnDundurn22.99
Not That Kind Of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned,"Lena Dunham9780385680677Doubleday CanadaDoubleday Canada32
What I Know For SureOprah Winfrey9781250054050Flatiron Books [NY, USA]Flatiron28.99
Sapiens: A Brief History Of HumankindYuval Harari9780771038501McClelland & StewartSignal34.95
Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture And Science ClashTimothy Caulfield9780670067589Penguin Group (Canada)Viking Canada32
You Are Here: Around The World In 92 MinutesChris Hadfield9780345814944Random House of CanadaRandom House Canada29.95
Sarah Style: An Inspiring Room-By-Room Guide To Designing Your Perfect HomeSarah Richardson9781476784373Gallery BooksGallery32
Mr. Hockey: My StoryGordie Howe, foreword by Bobby Orr9780670068722Penguin Group (Canada)Viking Canada32
Lying In Wait: And Other True CasesAnn Rule9781451648294Pocket Books [NY, USA]Pocket9.99

Three young adult books worth a read

The Darkest Part of the Forest
By Holly Black, Little, Brown, 336 pages, $20
Siblings Hazel and Ben live in Fairfold, an odd little town where humans live amicably but tenuously with the fae-folk – the “fair” of Fairfold. Both grew up enamoured with an enigmatic young man who has been sleeping in a glass coffin in a nearby wood. When he wakes, Hazel and Ben are thrust into an unlikely struggle with the beings that live so near to them. With a clever, unusual love triangle and with Black’s characteristic integration of the fantastic and very real adolescent trials, this is a balm to readers thirsty for romance and fairy tales. In The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black is at her glorious best – without succumbing to stereotypes or YA trends. Highly recommended.
Where I Belong
By Tara White, Tradewind Books, 128 pages, $12.95
Set against the backdrop of 1990’s Oka Crisis, Where I Belong – a gorgeous, sorrowful and yet hopeful novel that feels rather advanced to be considered YA fiction – tells the story of a young woman named Carrie, who learns her family is of Mohawk descent. After haunting, foreboding dreams warn of imminent danger to someone close to her, Carrie makes the journey to find her real father, who lives in Quebec. Written mindfully and delicately in the voice of an early master, Tara White’s second book is both a coming-of-age story and a story that desperately needs to be told. Combining a teenage, punk-rock need for acknowledgment and a nationwide need for attention,Where I Belong is a book that feels urgent and human.
All the Bright Places
By Jennifer Niven, Knopf, 400 pages, $20.99
Suicide is an ever-present topic for both young people and for the people who love them. In this book – Jennifer Niven’s first YA novel – readers are introduced to Violet and Finch, two young people who meet when partnering for a school project about natural wonders and bond during the most trying of times, sharing their secrets and pain with one another. This is a story that can’t be told enough times, and here we have it embedded in the perspective of young love. It’s little surprise that All the Bright Places has already been deeply and widely lauded by young readers. Read it, and soon. Surely it applies to someone close to you.