by Nina Ulloa
Whether you treasure fiction or nonfiction or relish in short stories, business, biographies, politics, sports, mystery or fantasy, books still inspire minds and imaginations of the young and mature reader. Below are some selections that might entice you to enjoy a long awaited spring day with a good book! Very different reads for the diverse tastes of many readers.
Enjoy and Happy Reading!
- THE STORYTELLER, by Jodi Picoult. (Emily Bestler/Atria) A New Hampshire baker finds herself in the midst of two Holocaust stories: her grandmother's story of survival, and the confessions of an elderly German man, an SS officer.
- BREAKING POINT, by C. J. Box. (Putnam) The 13th novel featuring Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden.
- ALEX CROSS, RUN, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown) While Alex Cross pursues a Washington serial killer (or killers?), someone is after him.
- DAMASCUS COUNTDOWN, by Joel C. Rosenberg. (Tyndale House) A C.I.A. operative searches for two nuclear warheads that survived an Israeli attack on Iran.
- THE DINNER, by Herman Koch. (Hogarth) Two couples meet in an Amsterdam restaurant to discuss their sons' criminal activities.
- A WEEK IN WINTER, by Maeve Binchy. (Knopf, $26.95.) Guests at an inn by the sea on Ireland's west coast; the final book by Binchy, who died in 2012.
Hardcover Advice & Miscellaneous
- LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.
- KILLING KENNEDY, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Henry Holt & Company.) The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
- UNTIL I SAY GOOD-BYE, by Susan Spencer-Wendel with Bret Witter. (HarperCollins Publishers.) A Florida journalist decides to make the most of her life, traveling and spending time with her family, after she receives a diagnosis of A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's disease).
- SALT SUGAR FAT, by Michael Moss. (Random House Publishing.) A New York Times reporter reveals how food companies rely on scientific research to encourage us to consume more of their products.
- DRINKING AND TWEETING, by Brandi Glanville with Leslie Bruce. (Gallery Books.) One of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" describes growing up poor, her contentious divorce, her D.U.I. and other adventures.
- THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE, by Clive Davis with Anthony DeCurtis. (Simon & Schuster.) The music industry executive's memoir offers an insider's look at the last 50 years of popular music.
- THE HORMONE CURE, by Sara Gottfried. (Scribner) A doctor offers a three-step program to help balance hormone levels.
- SUPER IMMUNITY, by Joel Fuhrman. (HarperOne/HarperCollins, $25.99.) A nutrition guide for boosting the body's defenses.
- THE FASTDIET, by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer. (Atria) A diet that calls for eating normally five days a week and fasting two days.
- EARN THE RIGHT TO WIN, by Tom Coughlin with David Fisher. (Portfolio/Penguin) The N.F.L. veteran's views on preparation and toughness in the face of adversity.
- WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GOD, by Rob Bell. (HarperOne/HarperCollins) A pastor says the traditional ways of discussing God are stale and even damaging.
- LIFE CODE, by Phil McGraw. (Bird Street) How to "win in the real world."
- OTIS AND THE PUPPY, by Loren Long. (Philomel) A frisky farm tractor must conquer his fear of the dark in order to help a friend. (Ages 3 to 7)
- LET'S GO FOR A DRIVE!, by Mo Willems. (Hyperion/Disney) Elephant and Piggie try to hit the road. (Ages 4 to 8)
- EMERALDALICIOUS, by Victoria Kann. (Harper/HarperCollins) Pinkalicious and Peter use pinkerrific magic to transform a park. (Ages 5 to 8)
- WONDER, by R. J. Palacio. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) A boy with a facial deformity enters a mainstream school. (Ages 8 to 12)
- THE FALSE PRINCE, by Jennifer A. Nielsen. (Scholastic.) Four orphans compete to impersonate a king's son in a faraway land. (Ages 9 to 12)
- LOOKING FOR ALASKA, by John Green. (Penguin Group.) A boy seeking excitement finds that and more in a girl named Alaska. (Ages 14 to 17)