Exoneree Diaries with Alison Flowers

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Let’s mix it up this time. Non-Fiction Best Sellers!

NYT Non-Fiction Best Sellers List*

*Because not everyone is down with the make-believe. For those of you that are though, here’s your list.
  1. THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls

The Glass CastleWhen sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. So, the Walls children learned to take care of themselves.

  1. HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. Vance
  2. ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE by Al Franken
  4. WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE by Robert Wright
  5. KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann
  6. TEAM OF RIVALS by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  7. HELGA’S DIARY by Helga Weiss (NEW)
  8. DEVIL’S BARGAIN by Joshua Green
  9. THE BIG LIE by Dinesh D’Souza

8 Fresh Mystery Books for Agatha Christie Fans to Read Now

Signature Reads by Keith Rice

decanting a murderFew if any authors have done more for the popularity of the detective/mystery genre than Agatha Christie. She is the bestselling novelist of all time and her most famous creations, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, are among the most recognized literary detectives in all of fiction. The tightly wound structure of her mystery novels, as well as her intricate and clever plotting, set the stage in many ways for the modern detective mystery. A host of talented writers have flourished in Agatha Christie’s considerable wake. If you’re a fan of the Queen of the Crime and looking for something a bit more contemporary to sate your thirst for a cold-blooded mystery, these novels – all published in the last year or so – more than fit the bill and would likely do Dame Christie proud.

 

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Best Sellers – Dog Days of Summer Edition

Why do they call it that? My dog hates this time of year.

NYT Combined Print & eBook Fiction

  1. THE LATE SHOW by Michael Connelly

Late ShowIntroducing a new series starring a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD. Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood. A once up-and-coming detective, she’s been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. Each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives to finish and take credit for. Until she is given two cases that she can’t just give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and make her more determined than ever to hang on to her job no matter what the department throws at her.

  1. THE WHISTLER by John Grisham
  2. WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews (NEW)
  3. CAMINO ISLAND by John Grisham
  4. HOUSE OF SPIES by Daniel Silva
  5. READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline (NEW)
  6. PARADISE VALLEY by C.J. Box (NEW)
  7. THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware
  8. THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware (NEW)
  9. THE MOORES ARE MISSING by James Patterson and others (NEW)

14 Favorite Book Sidekicks to Celebrate on Dr. Watson’s Birthday

Goodreads Blog: Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 07, 2017

BudsToday is the birthday of one of literature’s most beloved and long-suffering sidekicks, Dr. John Watson. A war veteran as well as an accomplished writer and detective, Watson gives Sherlock Holmes much-needed backup and friendship, all while enduring less-than-complimentary observations about his character. “You have a grand gift for silence, Watson,” Sherlock says at one point. “It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”

To celebrate the good doctor’s birthday, [goodreads.com] asked you on Facebook and Twitter to share your favorite book sidekicks. Check out some of the most popular answers below and add your own in the comments!

Sherlock1. Dr. John Watson
Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books and stories

Sherlock’s friend, roommate, biographer, crime-solving partner and on-hand physician

 

Harry Potter2. Ron and Hermione
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books

Harry’s fellow Gryffindors, friends, partners in managing mischief, frequent rescuers (especially Hermione) and family

Click here for the rest of the list…

Author Birthdays – The Last Birthdays Ever

No. Not all of them. Don’t worry, your candles and cake are safe. We’re just talking about “Author Birthdays,” the blog segment.

Why? We’ve come full circle, literally. The Earth has completed an entire orbit around the sun since we started with “Author Birthdays” (that means a year has gone by) and after this week there won’t be any more weeks that we haven’t already covered together.

I know. I know. There are many authors that we missed the first time around and newly famous/infamous authors are popping up all the time, but lets give the numbers time to build back up a bit before we start in again. We’ll do other things that are just as cool. Maybe (dare I say it) cooler.

In the meantime, The Last Author Birthdays (Possibly) Ever!

George Orwell (b. June 25, 1903, Motihari, India; d. January 21, 1950, London, UK)

Orwell“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: 1984

For more information on George Orwell, click here.

 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (b. June 28, 1712, Geneva, Switzerland; d. July 2, 1778, Ermenonville, France)

Rousseau“Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Confessions

For more information on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, click here.