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Our bestsellers are updated monthly (or close to it) on the Book Bin's website: updated July 1, 2019.

Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735219090
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

This is the perfect read for the final days of summer.  Delia Owens' debut novel has romance and mystery told against the lush setting of coastal North Carolina.  Kya Clark's family has deserted her one by one, forcing her to live on her own at a very young age.  While fending for herself, she learns to "read" the flora and fauna of the shore even though she only spent one day in school.  Ostracized by almost everyone in the nearby town, Kya, known as The Marsh Girl, eventually forms a relationship with two young men, only to learn that humans are the least reliable life form in nature.

The Unbreakables: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062895394
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 4th, 2019

Howard Stern Comes Again Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501194290
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 14th, 2019



Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - February 12th, 2019

If you turn to the back cover of Mr. Noah's highly praised memoir, it reads "Trevor Noah is a comedian from South Africa".  This single line author description may seem to leave much to be desired, but in Born A Crime readers learn how much that one statement means to him.  Between hilarious, knock you off your seat stories, tragic misfortunes and so-called miracles from God, readers experience the heartbreak of domestic violence, the atrocity of apartheid adn the resilience of one family.  Born a Crime is required reading- smarter, funnier and truer than any other.         Maddy

Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

In the wake of the bestseller Hillbilly Elegy, there is an opening for others to tell their story of rising from meager beginnings to great heights.  With acute insight, Ms. Westover writes a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes.  Mr. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, says: "Educated shines a light on a part of our country that we too often overlook. Tara Westover's powerful tale--of trying to find a place for herself in the world, without losing her connection to her family or her beloved home--deserves to be widely read."

The Rationing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324001485
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 21st, 2019

The Great Believers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223523
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Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018

The Great Believers is a two part story that alternates between Chicago in the late 1980's and early 1990's and Paris in 2015.  The Chicago part focuses on Yale Tishman, a gay young man-his job, his friends and how he and his community were affected by the AIDS epidemic.  The main character in the Paris sections is Fiona Marcus.  Her brother was one of the first of Yale's friends to die from AIDS, and because of this, she becomes a champion for gay equality.  She is in Paris searching for her daughter and granddaughter.

Henry, Himself: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223042
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Published: Viking - April 9th, 2019

This novel describes a year in the life of Henry Maxwell.  Henry is a veteran of World War II, a retired engineer at Westinghouse and a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He is a native of Pittsburgh, a golfer, a sport's fan, a tinkerer and a man who doesn't like to "throw his money around."  It is 1998, the year Henry turns 75, and as we follow his life during that year, we get to view him in the past, the present and a bit into the future.  We see him with his cynical wife Emily, his two children, his four grandchildren and his dog Rufus.  Henry is at his summer home in Chautauqua, with his golfing buddies and celebrating his 49th wedding anniversary.  During all of this experiences, Henry is delightfully true to himself. If you are about 65 or older, I think you will thoroughly enjoy Henry, Himself.  Through the eyes of Henry Maxwell, you will recognize the joys and sorrows of growing another year older.


Before We Were Yours: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425284704
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 21st, 2019

Mrs. Everything: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501133480
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Published: Atria Books - June 11th, 2019

The Huntress: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062740373
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 26th, 2019

Kate Quinn has written a book that is even more compelling than her novel The Alice Networkwhich we enjoyed. In the aftermath of World War II and Nuremburg, there are people who are continuing to hunt Nazi war criminals. One is Ian, a British war reporter and the other is Nina, a Russian female bomber pilot. Their main goal is to track down the nefarious criminal only known as the Huntress. She is said to have escaped to the United States with a new identity. Nina may be the only one who has seen the face of this cold blooded killer. Jordan is 17 years old growing up in post WWII Boston. Her goal is to become a photographer/war correspondent. Jordan's widower father brings home a German woman who becomes his fiancé. Jordan thinks she is secretive and may be hiding something. Anneliese does not like to have her picture taken but the one that Jordan does take makes her uneasy. As a concerned daughter, Jordan delves deeper and what she finds may threaten all those she loves.

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812988710
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 21st, 2019

What a fantastic read!  We do have a special affinity for Mr. Kurson's books because, after all, he lives in Northbrook, our hometown. The success of his book Shadow Drivers spurred a television program on the History Channel; Crashing Through, his biography of Mike May was a store favorite. Now with RocketMen available in a few short days, he delves into the NASA Apollo 8 mission in a feat of narrative nonfiction. Even reluctant readers of the genre will be swept up into the true tales of the courage, heroism, and incredible knowledge and brilliance it took to take three men to the moon in a pivotal time in our country's history.

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

The Lost Girls of Paris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778330271
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Published: Park Row - January 29th, 2019

During World War II, the British were trying to come up with a way to thwart the Nazis in France.  Sending men over to spy and conduct covert operations had failed because there weren't many men left in the towns and new people stood out.  The idea arose that sending in a group of women to aid in the resistance could work. This is that story of the ring of female spies and their courage. Inspired by true events, the book is centered on the lives of three women and their friendship, hardships and betrayals.


Clock Dance Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563020
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Published: Vintage - April 30th, 2019

In 1967 Willa Drake is eleven years old and living with a younger sister, a kind-hearted, gentle father and a bipolar mother.  In 1977 she comes home with her soon to be husband, Derek.  In 1997 Willa becomes a young widow with two teenage sons.  And in 2017 she has remarried and moved to Tucson when a phone call from a stranger sends her to Baltimore.  Like many of Tyler's characters, Willa wants to please everyone, which is impossible. Like most of Anne Tyler's novels, Clock Dance is filled with quirky, heart-warming characters.  The neighborhood Willa visits in Baltimore has its share of endearing, well-meaning sorts.  Although I don't think this is one of Tyler's best, it is worth a read.  It's engaging and fun with a likeable main character.

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

Park Avenue Summer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101991145
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Published: Berkley - April 30th, 2019



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ISBN: 9781250301697
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Published: Celadon Books - February 5th, 2019

Many of us are fans of tightly written psychological thrillers.  Mr. Michealides shows he is a master of the genre.  Alicia Berenson has it all-- a good career, great husband, and lovely home-- so why did she shoot her husband in the face 5 times and never say a word after the incident?  Years later, psychotherapist Theo Faber gets a job at the psychiatric hospital she was sentenced to in the hopes of getting her to speak again.  Told in dueling first person narratives, you won't want to put this one down. 

The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501168680
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2019

Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501170072
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2019