Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland lead our top books
Fall reading has officially begun, and the best books of the year just continue to hit bookshelves and tablets every week. Last week we had Nicholas Sparks’ new novel ‘The Longest Ride’ topping our must-read list, and this week we have four books, spanning multiple genres, all for you to take note of.
At the top of almost every list this week will be ‘The Lowland,’ by the prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. The book has sat atop pre-order lists for months, and today it finally hits bookstores across the nation. Not to be out-shined (sorry for the pun) is Stephen King himself, with his new novel ‘Doctor Sleep’. The reason that fans have been ever-so-patiently awaiting this novel is that it returns to some of King’s most iconic characters in his immensely popular novel ‘The Shining’. Just in time for Halloween and fall-tea, ‘Doctor Sleep’ has battled it out for number one for weeks in the pre-order division, and now it is available to download or order.
Switching gears a bit, we have two books that will surely fill-out the rest of the bestseller lists this month; ‘Simple Perfection’ by Abbi Glines and Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. ‘Simple Perfection’ is the latest installment from the New York Times’ bestselling author Glines, who speaks on class-structure, unspoken love, and the desperate struggle of one woman who wishes to leave her past behind her once and for all. On the flipside of that intense struggle is a book in a completely different genre altogether. That book is the latest installment in the ‘Killing’ series named ‘Killing Jesus’ by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. This book is sure to be one of the most read entries of the entire month, if not entire fall-season, and it finally released to bookstores today.
Here are the official descriptions of our choices, you can check out more on pricing, editions and read more about the authors and novels themselves by clicking the Amazon or iTunes link below. (All links open in a new window, so you won’t have to jump back and forth to browse)
The Lowland (by Jhumpa Lahiri) Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize (amazon, itunes)
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.
Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan—charismatic and impulsive—finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.
But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he goes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind—including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife.
Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (amazon, itunes)
Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.
Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines (amazon, itunes)
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines concludes the irresistible story of Woods and Della that began with Twisted Perfection.
Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents’ dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he’d ever wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.
Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she’s quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she’s run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can’t be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her. But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?
Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly Martin Dugard (amazon, itunes)
Millions of readers have thrilled to bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and historian Martin Dugard’s Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, page-turning works of nonfiction that have changed the way we read history. Now the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus’s life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable – and changed the world forever.
Let us know if you have picked up any on out list! We will be catching up on the rest of our fall reading next week.