Top 10 Winter Reads


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.

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.

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

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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


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.

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


Top Holiday Reads 2016


2016-nd-pg26-books-whistlerThe Whistler

by John Grisham

The no. 1 best-selling author takes his talents to Florida in this dark thriller about the pursuit of a corrupt judge that could turn deadly.


by Michael Chabon

Inspired by his grandfather’s death, Chabon journeys from a deathbed confession to the Jewish slums of prewar Philadelphia to WWII Germany to New Yorks’ Wallkill Prison and beyond.

2016-nd-pg26-books-terranautsThe Terranauts

by T.C. Boyle

A novel based on the failed Biosphere experiment of the 1990s, written by one of the most talented and interesting authors working today.


by Alice Hoffman

An accident leaves one young woman in a coma and another living with survivor’s guilt, as Hoffman weaves a tale about suffering, happiness, and finding one’s way in the world.
Simon & Schuster

2016-pg26-books-swingtimeSwing Time

by Zadie Smith

One of the most highly anticipated books of the season, spanning northwest London to West Africa, is a story of friendship, music, dance, and the stubbornness of roots.
Penguin Press


2016-nd-pg26-books-just-getting-startedJust Getting Started

by Tony Bennett

Even at 90 years old, the crooner possesses the gratitude to pay homage to the many remarkable people he has learned from in life — people like Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, and Fred Astaire.

2016-nd-pg26-books-glassuniverseThe Glass Universe

by Dava Sobel

Subtitled “How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars,” this book uncovers the important scientific work performed by a group of remarkable women who were nearly forgotten.

2016-nd-26-books-twentysixTwenty-Six Seconds

by Alexandra Zapruder

The film lasts only 26 seconds, but when Abraham Zapruder captured JFK’s assassination, his key contribution to American culture also forever changed his family’s future.
Grand Central Publishing

2016-nd-26-books-thankyoulateThank You for Being Late

by Thomas L. Friedman

The best-selling author of The World Is Flat offers his optimistic advice for how we can live in a world where change is accelerating at a break-neck pace.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

2016-nd-pg26-books_victoriaVictoria: The Queen

by Julia Baird

Drawing on previously unpublished papers, this biography separates Victoria the woman from Victoria the myth, offering a brilliant perspective of a queen who ruled during one of the most fascinating eras in history.
Random House


2016-nd-pg26-books_rollingstonesThe Rolling Stones All the Songs

by Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon

More than 700 pages and 500 photographs chronicle the history of every song in the Rolling Stones’ catalogue.
Black Dog & Leventhal

2016-nd-pg26-books_artmovementThe Art of Movement

by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory

A lavish collection of photographs of more than 70 dancers from top dance companies; for lovers of dance, movement, grace, and the human form.
Black Dog & Leventhal

2016-nd-pg26-yearbetweenfriendsA Year Between Friends 3191 Miles Apart

by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes

Over a full year, two friends from opposite coasts share their daily love of the handmade, well-lived domestic life.

2016-nd-pg26-books_goodcooksWhat Good Cooks Know

by America’s Test Kitchen

Much more than just a book of recipes, this is the perfect gift for anyone who ever wished their kitchen came with an instruction manual.


by Donatella Versace

A stunning visual history of the famous fashion house, celebrating the years since Donatella Versace took over as creative artistic director in 1997.