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Fic­tion 1. Look Alive Twenty-five

by Janet Evanovich. The 25th book in the Stephanie Plum se­ries. When sev­eral man­agers of a deli in Tren­ton dis­ap­pear, a bounty hunter and her de­tec­tive boyfriend look for clues.

2. Long Road to Mercy

by David Bal­dacci. Atlee Pine, an FBI agent haunted by the child­hood kid­nap­ping of her twin sis­ter, must choose be­tween pro­tect­ing her ca­reer or Amer­ica’s democ­racy.

3. The Reck­on­ing

by John Gr­isham. A dec­o­rated World War II vet­eran shoots and kills a pas­tor in­side a Mis­sis­sippi church.

4. Past Tense

by Lee Child. Jack Reacher ex­plores the New Eng­land town where his father was born and a Cana­dian cou­ple now find them­selves stranded.

5. Nine Per­fect Strangers

by Liane Mo­ri­arty. A ro­mance writer be­comes fas­ci­nated by the owner and di­rec­tor of a health re­sort.

6. Ev­ery Breath

by Ni­cholas Sparks. Dif­fi­cult choices sur­face when Hope An­der­son and Tru Walls meet in a North Carolina sea­side town.

7. Dark Sa­cred Night

by Michael Renée Con­nelly. Bal­lard De­tec­tive teams up with re­tired de­tec­tive Harry Bosch, who is work­ing on a cold case.

8. El­e­va­tion

by Stephen King. A man who is los­ing weight with­out get­ting thin­ner forms an un­likely al­liance with his neigh­bors who are deal­ing with prej­u­dices.

9. The Next Per­son You Meet in Heaven

by Mitch Al­bom. The se­quel to “The Five Peo­ple You Meet in Heaven” fol­lows An­nie on her heav­enly jour­ney.

10. Where the Craw­dads Sing

by Delia Owens. In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who sur­vived alone in the marsh be­comes a mur­der sus­pect.

Non­fic­tion 1. Be­com­ing

by Michelle Obama. The for­mer first lady de­scribes her jour­ney from the South Side of Chicago to the White House and how she bal­anced work, fam­ily and her hus­band’s po­lit­i­cal as­cent.

2. Killing the SS

by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Du­gard. A look at the post­war man­hunt for mem­bers of Hitler’s in­ner cir­cle.

3. Ship of Fools

by Tucker Carl­son. The Fox News an­chor ar­gues that Amer­ica’s rul­ing class is out of touch with every­day cit­i­zens.

4. Fear

by Bob Wood­ward. Based on hours of in­ter­views with sources, the Pulitzer Prizewin­ning jour­nal­ist de­scribes de­bates and de­ci­sion-mak­ing within the Trump White House.

5. Ed­u­cated

by Tara Westover. The daugh­ter of sur­vival­ists, who is kept out of school, ed­u­cates her­self enough to leave home for uni­ver­sity.

6. Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)

by Jeff Tweedy. The found­ing mem­ber of rock band Wilco dis­cusses his life and artis­tic process.

7. Lead­er­ship

by Doris Kearns Good­win. The chal­lenges that shaped the lead­er­ship abil­i­ties of four pres­i­dents: Abra­ham Lin­coln, Theodore Roo­sevelt, Franklin D. Roo­sevelt and Lyn­don B. John­son.

8. Beastie Boys Book

by Michael Di­a­mond and Adam Horovitz. The story of the New York band that went from per­form­ing hard-core punk mu­sic to hip-hop star­dom.

9. Shade

by Pete Souza. Pic­tures of for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama are jux­ta­posed with tweets, head­lines and quotes from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

10. Brief An­swers to the Big Ques­tions

by Stephen Hawk­ing. A col­lec­tion of es­says from the late sci­en­tist’s per­sonal archive that ad­dress 10 im­pon­der­ables.

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