The Better Angels of Our Nature

The New York Times/Sketchbook/Graphic Review/By Anders NilsenJune 22, 2017

A graphic review of Steven Pinker’s book about the dramatic decline of violence in human affairs over history.

Better AngelsAnders Nilsen is the author of the graphic novels Big Questions, Rage of Poseidon and the forthcoming Tongues.

NYT Best Sellers List Update

There are a few new additions(*) this week. Check out what might be your next read below.

New York Times Combined Print & Ebook Best Sellers

The Fix1. THE FIX* by David Baldacci

Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters but, even with his extraordinary powers of observation and deduction he can’t figure out why it happened – no connection between killer and victim, no motive. When the DIA become involved it’s clear that solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security.

2. FAST AND LOOSE* by Stuart Woods

A chance encounter leads Stone Barrington to make the acquaintance of a prestigious family who require a man of Stone’s skills to overcome a sticky situation of their own. Even better for Stone and his new friends, have an enemy in common.

 3. THE BLACK BOOK by James Patterson and David Ellis

4. BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty

5. A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

6. THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware

7. ANY DAY NOW* by Robyn Carr

For Sierra Jones, Sullivan’s Crossing is meant to be a brief stopover while she gets her life together. But when her past catches up with her, it’s a special man and an adorable puppy who give her the strength to face the truth and fight for a brighter future.

8. THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood

9. MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur

10. LILAC GIRLS* by Martha Hall Kelly

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France. Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. For ambitious, young, German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women.

NYT Bestsellers List

Looking for your next book? Here is what everyone else is reading… apparently.

Combined Print & E-Book Fiction

  1. THE SHACK by William P. YoungShackMackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.
  2. THE DEVIL’S TRIANGLE by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison
  3.  THE CUTTHROAT by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
  4. BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty
  5. THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts
  6. A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman
  7. IN THIS GRAVE HOUR by Jacqueline Winspear
  8. DANGEROUS GAMES by Danielle Steel
  9. A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron
  10. WITHOUT WARNING by Joel C. Rosenberg

Or maybe you aren’t looking for spirituality/suspense/drama/romance/action/movie-tie-in? In that case, go here to check out the non-fiction best sellers.

Trying to decide what to check out next?

The New York Times Best Sellers List is a good place to start. Here is what currently tops the list for fiction:

NYT COMBINED PRINT & E-BOOK FICTION BEST-SELLERS

  1. A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron – 8 weeks on the List

A canine narrator undergoes a series of reincarnations.

       2.  A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman – 36 weeks on the List

A curmudgeon’s gruff exterior masks a generosity of spirit. Originally published in Sweden in 2014.

  1. NEVER NEVER by James Patterson and Candice Fox – 2 weeks on the List

Harriet Blue, a Sydney sex crimes detective, is sent to the outback (the never never) to investigate the disappearance of a mine worker. The first in a new series.

  1. POWER GAME by Christine Feehan – NEW this week

A super-soldier with enhanced abilities teams up with a genetically engineered spy in this Ghostwalker novel.

  1. DARK HUMANITY by Gwynn White and various authors – NEW this week

A boxed set of science fiction and fantasy offerings.

  1. ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE by Jill Shalvis – NEW this week

A security expert starts to sabotage Elle’s love life.

  1. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins – 101 weeks on the List

A psychological thriller set in the environs of London is full of complications and betrayals.

  1. THE WHISTLER by John Grisham – 14 weeks on the List

A whistleblower alerts a Florida investigator to judicial corruption involving the Mob and Indian casinos.

  1. MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur – 7 weeks on the List

Poetic approaches to surviving adversity and loss.

  1. THE APARTMENT by Danielle Steel – 4 weeks on the List

Four young women share a Hell’s Kitchen loft.