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New York Times Bestsellers
Week of November 13, 2016
FICTION
#1  (Last Week: 1 • Weeks on List: 2)  
The Whistler
Book Jacket   John Grisham
#2  (Last Week: - • Weeks on List: 1)  
The Wrong Side Of Goodbye
Book Jacket   Michael Connelly
#3  (Last Week: 2 • Weeks on List: 5)  
Two By Two
Book Jacket   Nicholas Sparks
 
#4  (Last Week: - • Weeks on List: 1)  
The Award
Book Jacket   Danielle Steel
#5  (Last Week: 3 • Weeks on List: 4)  
Small Great Things
Book Jacket   Jodi Picoult
#6  (Last Week: 5 • Weeks on List: 4)  
Vince Flynn: Order To Kill
Book Jacket   Kyle Mills
 
#7  (Last Week: 4 • Weeks on List: 3)  
Escape Clause
Book Jacket   John Sandford
#8  (Last Week: 11 • Weeks on List: 16)  
The Woman In Cabin 10
Book Jacket   Ruth Ware
#9  (Last Week: - • Weeks on List: 129)  
All The Light We Cannot See
Book Jacket   Anthony Doerr

Library Journal Shifting among multiple viewpoints but focusing mostly on blind French teenager Marie-Laure and Werner, a brilliant German soldier just a few years older than she, this novel has the physical and emotional heft of a masterpiece. The main protagonists are brave, sensitive, and intellectually curious, and in another time they might have been a couple. But they are on opposite sides of the horrors of World War II, and their fates ultimately collide in connection with the radio-a means of resistance for the Allies and just one more avenue of annihilation for the Nazis. Set mostly in the final year of the war but moving back to the 1930s and forward to the present, the novel presents two characters so interesting and sympathetic that readers will keep turning the pages hoping for an impossibly happy ending. Marie-Laure and Werner both suffer crushing losses and struggle to survive with dignity amid Hitler's swath of cruelty and destruction. VERDICT -Doerr (The Shell Collector) has received multiple honors for his fiction, including four O. Henry Prizes and the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award. His latest is highly recommended for fans of Michael Ondaatje's similarly haunting The English Patient.-Evelyn Beck, Piedmont Technical Coll., Greenwood, SC (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Publishers Weekly In 1944, the U.S. Air Force bombed the Nazi-occupied French coastal town of St. Malo. Doerr (Memory Wall) starts his story just before the bombing, then goes back to 1934 to describe two childhoods: those of Werner and Marie-Laure. We meet Werner as a tow-headed German orphan whose math skills earn him a place in an elite Nazi training school-saving him from a life in the mines, but forcing him to continually choose between opportunity and morality. Marie-Laure is blind and grows up in Paris, where her father is a locksmith for the Museum of Natural History, until the fall of Paris forces them to St. Malo, the home of Marie-Laure's eccentric great-uncle, who, along with his longtime housekeeper, joins the Resistance. Doerr throws in a possibly cursed sapphire and the Nazi gemologist searching for it, and weaves in radio, German propaganda, coded partisan messages, scientific facts, and Jules Verne. Eventually, the bombs fall, and the characters' paths converge, before diverging in the long aftermath that is the rest of the 20th century. If a book's success can be measured by its ability to move readers and the number of memorable characters it has, Story Prize-winner Doerr's novel triumphs on both counts. Along the way, he convinces readers that new stories can still be told about this well-trod period, and that war-despite its desperation, cruelty, and harrowing moral choices-cannot negate the pleasures of the world. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Book list *Starred Review* A novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned, Doerr's magnificently drawn story seems at once spacious and tightly composed. It rests, historically, during the occupation of France during WWII, but brief chapters told in alternating voices give the overall and long ­narrative a swift movement through time and events. We have two main characters, each one on opposite sides in the conflagration that is destroying Europe. Marie-Louise is a sightless girl who lived with her father in Paris before the occupation; he was a master locksmith for the Museum of Natural History. When German forces necessitate abandonment of the city, Marie-Louise's father, taking with him the museum's greatest treasure, removes himself and his daughter and eventually arrives at his uncle's house in the coastal city of Saint-Malo. Young German soldier Werner is sent to Saint-Malo to track Resistance activity there, and eventually, and inevitably, Marie-Louise's and Werner's paths cross. It is through their individual and intertwined tales that Doerr masterfully and knowledgeably re-creates the deprived civilian conditions of war-torn France and the strictly controlled lives of the military occupiers.High-Demand Backstory: A multipronged marketing campaign will make the author's many fans aware of his newest book, and extensive review coverage is bound to enlist many new fans.--Hooper, Brad Copyright 2014 Booklist

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#10  (Last Week: 10 • Weeks on List: 8)  
Commonwealth
Book Jacket   Ann Patchett


NONFICTION
#1  (Last Week: 2 • Weeks on List: 8)  
Killing The Rising Sun
Book Jacket   Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
#2  (Last Week: 1 • Weeks on List: 3)  
The Magnolia Story
Book Jacket   Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino
#3  (Last Week: 3 • Weeks on List: 6)  
Born To Run
Book Jacket   Bruce Springsteen
 
#4  (Last Week: 5 • Weeks on List: 15)  
Hillbilly Elegy
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#5  (Last Week: 4 • Weeks on List: 2)  
Shaken
Book Jacket   Tim Tebow with A J Gregory
#6  (Last Week: 7 • Weeks on List: 29)  
Hamilton: The Revolution
Book Jacket   Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
 
#7  (Last Week: 9 • Weeks on List: 4)  
Upstream
Book Jacket   Mary Oliver
#8  (Last Week: - • Weeks on List: 7)  
The Hidden Life Of Trees
Book Jacket   Peter Wohlleben
#9  (Last Week: 6 • Weeks on List: 2)  
Not Dead Yet
Book Jacket   Phil Collins
 
#10  (Last Week: 8 • Weeks on List: 4)  
Filthy Rich
Book Jacket   James Patterson and John Connolly with Tim Malloy

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