Top 10 Winter Reads

Every month, Amazon staffers sift through hundreds of new books searching for gems. Here’s what Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose especially for Post readers this season.

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Fiction

The Girl Before

by J.P. Delaney

An enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a maelstrom of duplicity, death, and deception.
Ballantine

The Sleepwalker

by Chris Bohjalian

In this thriller about lies, loss, and buried desire, Annalee Ahlberg is a sleepwalker who goes missing. While she has disappeared in the past, this time seems eerily different, and her children are worried.
Doubleday

Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders

In 1862, Abraham Lincoln lost his 11-year-old son, Willie. The National Book Award winner draws inspiration from this event to write a kaleidoscopic tale that takes place in a single night.
Random House

4 3 2 1

by Paul Auster

A child is born two weeks early in 1947. Starting at the maternity ward, Auster explores four separate paths for the child. Inventive yet realistic, this is one of Auster’s greatest works. Perhaps the best.
Henry Holt

The Futures

by Anna Pitoniak

Evan and Julia are from widely divergent backgrounds. After they meet at Yale and fall in love, they move to New York, where all is rosy until the 2008 financial collapse hits.
Lee Boudreaux Books

Nonfiction

Thomas Jefferson — Revolutionary

by  Kevin R. C. Gutzman

Fascinating perspective on a radical founding father. Jefferson had very clear thoughts on citizenship, the size and scope of government, and other important topics of the time that still resonate today.
St. Martin’s Press

The Nature Fix

by Florence Williams

We all know that nature is good for us. In this book, the author looks at the intersection of nature, mood, health, and creativity.
W.W. Norton

Portraits Of Courage

by George W. Bush

A vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans. Net author proceeds donated to George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative.
Crown

The Lost City of the Monkey God

by Douglas Preston

In 2012, the best-selling thriller writer boarded a small plane into the Honduran interior to search for a fabled lost city. Here is that story.
Grand Central Publishing

Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert

by Patricia Cornwell

This best-selling author has been on the trail of Jack the Ripper for years. Here, she adds more extensive evidence to her theory that the fabled murderer was a charismatic Victorian painter.
Thomas & Mercer

 

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