Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Times on Tuesday

What's on the NY Times best seller list today for combined print and e-book fiction?

1 THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Penguin Group.) A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi. (It's been on the list for 31 weeks!)

2 NEW YORK TO DALLAS, by J. D. Robb. (Berkley.) An escaped child molester pursues Lt. Eve Dallas; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously.

3 THE MILL RIVER RECLUSE, by Darcie Chan. (Darcie Chan.) Only one man knows an abused widow, which revealed will change many lives in her small Vermont town.

4 KILL ME IF YOU CAN, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. (Little, Brown.) When a young man finds a bag of diamonds, he gets the attention of the Ghost, a major assassin, and a rival assassin who wants the Ghost gone forever.

5 THE NIGHT CIRCUS, by Erin Morgenstern. (Knopf Doubleday.) Two young rivals at a magical circus become collaborators as they fall in love.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

It's only been released for about 2 weeks, but so far has a 4.28 rating on Goodreads.

6 THE BLACK ICE, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown.) The Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch investigates the scandalous death of a narcotics officer.

7 THE ABBEY, by Chris Culver. (Chris Culver.) Against orders, a former homicide detective begins an investigation into his niece's murder.

8 BLIND FAITH, by CJ Lyons. (Legacy.) A woman finds no closure after a man is executed for the murder of her husband and son.

9 1105 YAKIMA STREET, by Debbie Macomber. (Mira.) Bruce Peyton’s pregnant wife has left him, and he’s not the only one in town with problems; Book 11 in the Cedar Cove series.

10 A THOUSAND TOMORROWS, by Karen Kingsbury. (Center Street.) Two troubled young rodeo performers are unable to avoid falling in love, no matter what consequences their actions might bring.

Besides The Help, of course, has anyone read any of the other top best sellers this week?
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