Becoming by Michelle Obama
Collection Development December 2018 New York Times Audio Bestsellers

The December list has arrived! Check your collection twice for these bestselling listens (both fiction and non-fiction), and be ready for these patron requests in the New Year!

FICTION

#1 Fiction Bestseller

Past Tense
Author: Lee Child
Read by: Scott Brick
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Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly).

#2 Fiction Bestseller

Fire & Blood
Author: George R. R. Martin
Read by: Simon Vance
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The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this epic fantasy by the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

#4 Fiction Bestseller

Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Read by: Cassandra Campbell
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A Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and breakout #1 bestseller for multiple weeks in a row, WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING is an ideal listen for book clubs, car drives, and crafting.

“Narrator Cassandra Campbell serves up a bushel of Carolina accents in this debut novel by nature writer Delia Owens.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

#6 Fiction Bestseller

The Reckoning
Author: John Grisham
Read by: Michael Beck
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Read by celebrated narrator Michael Beck (the voice of A Time to Kill), #1 bestselling author John Grisham’s new novel is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet. Reminiscent of the finest traditions of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.

To read an interview with Michael Beck on what it’s like to return to Grisham’s work, CLICK HERE.

#7 Fiction Bestseller

Look Alive Twenty-Five
Author: Janet Evanovich
Read by: Lorelei King
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Stephanie Plum faces the toughest puzzle of her career in the twenty-fifth entry in Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

NON-FICTION

#1 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Read by: Michelle Obama
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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir written and read by the former First Lady of the United States. An absolutely singular audiobook that is topping bestseller lists around the world.

#2 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Read by: Julia Whelan
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An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. One of President Obama’s summer reading list picks, EDUCATED is a brilliant audio recommendation for many patrons.

“Narrator Julia Whelan’s performance is outstanding.”AudioFile Earphones Award

“Raw and unflinching…lyrical and literary.”Library Journal

“Heart-wrenching…a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.”—Amy Chua, The New York Times

#7 Non-Fiction Bestseller

The Power of Habit
Author: Charles Duhigg
Read by: Mike Chamberlain
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A longtime non-fiction favorite, the audio edition of THE POWER OF HABIT is perfect to use as a refresher on how to change your habits.

“Mike Chamberlain offers a warm, steady narration, packed with inquisitiveness and enthusiasm. His delivery of the supporting case studies from contemporary business and modern history brings the complexity of the topic to life and keeps listeners engaged.”—AudioFile

#10 Non-Fiction Bestseller

21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Read by: Derek Perkins
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For your patrons who love deep dives into current events and contemporary philosophy, Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21st CENTURY is a probing and visionary audio investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future.

“A sobering and tough-minded perspective on bewildering new vistas.”—Booklist, starred review

“Magnificently combining historical, scientific, political, and philosophical perspectives…Despite the title’s reference to ‘lessons,’ his tone is not prescriptive but exploratory…This well-informed and searching book is one to be savored and widely discussed.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Fascinating…a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the twenty-first century.”—Bill Gates, The New York Times Book Review

#11 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Thinking, Fast and Slow
Author: Daniel Kahneman
Read by: Patrick Egan
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Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman’s seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman offers a lucid and enlightening summary of his life’s work. This audiobook will change the way you think about thinking.

#13 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Beastie Boys Book
Author: Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
Read By: Various, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
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Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture. With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir, featuring a collection of voices reminiscent of your favorite mixtape.

“This is how an audiobook should be done.”—Rolling Stone, 2018 Audiobook of the Year

#15 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Unbroken
Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Read by: Edward Herrmann
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A recurring New York Times bestseller, this is the incredible true story of survival and salvation that is the basis for two major motion pictures: 2014’s Unbroken and the upcoming Unbroken: Path to Redemption.
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