Category Archives: Beyond Bestsellers

Beyond Bestsellers: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

By Jennifer K. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah was one of the big bestsellers of 2015. And why not? It’s a terrific read. The novel tells an epic story of courage and endurance in World War II France, focusing the complicated relationship between two women. One is Vianne, a farm wife and mother who just […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Colson Whitehead

by Marina M. Colson Whitehead was publishing long before the critical acclaim and runaway success of his book The Underground Railroad (soon to be in production as a limited series for Amazon). And with the follow up of The Nickel Boys you might assume that Whitehead’s back catalog consists solely of historical fiction with African-American […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Toni Morrison

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) “What I’m interested in is writing without the gaze, without the white gaze. … In so many earlier books by African-American writers, particularly the men, I felt that they were not writing to me. But what interested me was the African-American experience throughout whichever time I spoke of. It […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: John Grisham

By Kristi S. DUM DUM. If you read that in a particular tone, you probably love a legal thriller. And if you love a legal thriller, you are probably a fan of John Grisham. Grisham has written over 40 books, most of which involve exciting legal drama inspired by his own experiences. He was a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Jhumpa Lahiri

By Melleny T. Since bursting onto the literary scene in 1999 with her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri has continued to write tales of all lengths featuring richly developed characters, complicated family relationships, and authentic portrayals of the immigrant experience.

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Beyond Bestsellers: Ta-Nehisi Coates

by Lisa C. Ta-Nehisi Coates began his career as an attention-grabbing essayist and journalist who gained recognition for his insightful and razor-sharp explorations of race relations in America. His first book was the critically acclaimed memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. The hugely successful, best-selling work, Between […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: David Sedaris

            By Isaac H. As we move towards Valentine’s Day and the stresses and toilings of the holiday season began to cool off, there’s no better time to have a good laugh and enjoy and interesting story. One of this generation’s most talented comedians and authors, David Sedaris has shown […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Where the Crawdads Sing

  by Julie T. Murder, mayhem, and the magic of reading! Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens has spent several months on the New York Times Bestseller list, garnering a #1 spot and hundreds of library requests.  Reese Witherspoon helped catapult this character-driven, coming-of-age tale into the literary stratosphere with her Book Club x Hello […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Neil Gaiman

By Craig B. My first taste of Neil Gaiman was in the early 90’s when my cousin introduced me to The Sandman series. I was a borderline batcaver with a dark trench coat and an inelastic haze of Aqua Net. I tried to be a batcaver, at any rate: black clothes, hair dye, spooky music, […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: James Patterson

by Marie B I don’t know about you, but I enjoy October and its rather gloomy weather.  It’s perfect for hunkering down with a warm beverage and a good book.  As the days grow darker, dear reader, so does Beyond Bestsellers.  This month our focus is on crime fiction.

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