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The Book Nook

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 cold winter day inside in front of a roaring fire with a good book! Very different reads for the diverse tastes of many readers. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

FICTION
  1. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn A recluse who drinks heavily and takes prescription drugs may have witnessed a crime across from her Harlem townhouse.
  2. UNBOUND by Stuart Woods The 44th book in the Stone Barrington series.
  3. THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham Three students at a sleazy for-profit law school hope to expose the student-loan banker who runs it.
  4. END GAME by David Baldacci Jessica Reel and Will Robie fight a dangerous adversary in Colorado.
  5. ROBICHEAUX by James Lee Burke A bereaved detective confronts his past and works to clear his name when he becomes a suspect during an investigation into the murder of the man who killed his wife.
NON FICTION
  1. FIRE AND FURY by Michael Wolff A journalist offers an inside account of the first year of the Trump White House.
  2. THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD by Douglas Preston A frightening search for a lost civilization in the Honduran rain forest.
  3. PROMISE ME, DAD by Joe Biden The former vice president recalls his toughest year in office, as his son battled brain cancer.
  4. Horse Soldiers By Doug Stanton During his tenure as George W. Bush’s defense secretary, Rumsfeld championed a mode of warfare that relied on limited numbers of soldiers armed with high-tech equipment and backed by precise, devastating air power.
  5. Being Mortal By Atul Gawande It began with a tingle in the surgeon’s fingers and a pain in his neck. A couple of years later, he learned he had a tumor inside his spinal cord. That was when the difficult choices began. Should he have it removed right away in a risky operation, as his doctor recommended? Or should he take time to consider this question: At what point would the expanding tumor cause debility bad enough to justify the risk of greater debility or even death in trying to fight it?
HARD COVER ADVICE & MISCELLANEOUS
  1. PRINCIPLES by Ray Dalio Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.
  2. TRIBE OF MENTORS by Timothy Ferriss Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, shares the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure book—a compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world's top performers. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, from artists to billionaire investors, their short profiles can help you answer life's most challenging questions, achieve extraordinary results, and transform your life.
  3. THE GENTLE ART OF SWEDISH DEATH CLEANING by Margareta Magnusson A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life.
  4. THE WHOLE30 FAST & EASY by Melissa Hartwig Millions of people have transformed their lives with Whole30, yet co-creator Melissa Hartwig wants to make it even easier to achieve Whole30 success—with delicious, compliant, fast, and easy recipes. This follow-up to the best-selling The Whole30 Cookbook is packed recipes designed to get you out of the kitchen fast, so you can enjoy all the benefits of your Whole30-inspired lifestyle.
  5. MEDITATION FOR FIDGETY SKEPTICS by Dan Harris and Jeff Warren with Carlye Adler NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of 10% Happier, this book will get you to meditate. Minus the pan flutes.

    “If you’re like many people, you’re intrigued by the promise of meditation but don’t know how to begin—or you’ve benefited from meditation in the past but need help to get started again. If so, Dan Harris has written the book for you.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project
CHILDREN’S BOOKS
  1. HERE WE ARE by Oliver Jeffers A guide for new arrivals to the planet Earth.
  2. SHE PERSISTED by Chelsea Clinton. Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger Bringing to life 13 American women who changed the world.
  3. LITTLE LEADERS by Vashti Harrison The biographies of 40 African-American women who made a difference.
  4. WISHTREE by Katherine Applegate. Illustrated by Charles Santoso Red, an oak tree on which people leave their wishes, is threatened to be cut down after more than 200 years.
  5. ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M. McManus For five students, a detour into detention ends in murder.