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

State: A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781572842663
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Published: Agate Midway - August 13th, 2019

Melissa Isaacson was the Chicago Tribune's first woman beat writer and was assigned to cover the Chicago Bears as well as Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls over their six NBA titles.  Her book, State, is an engaging and inspirational story of an unlikely group of high school girls who pull together to win their state's high school basketball championship just after the passage of Title IX, and is timed to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the team's championship title. The fantastic athletes who gave review quotes for this book range from Steve Kerr to Billie Jean King to Mike Greenberg.


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

Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941072523
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Published: D. X. Varos, Ltd. - August 6th, 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 Girl from Berlin: A Novel (Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart #5) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250195241
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 9th, 2018

Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

Nickel Academy is a reform school for boys in Florida.  It is segregated-white boys on the west side of the institution, black boys on the east side.  While Nickel calls itself an academy, it really is a house of torture.  The Nickel Boys focuses on the life of Elwood Curtis.  Elwood is a black youngster raised by his grandmother.  He is bright, motivated and takes the inspirational words of Martin Luther King, Jr. to heart.  Unfortunately, he is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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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.

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ISBN: 9781538750568
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 23rd, 2019

Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525619246
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 25th, 2019

.Evvie Drake, recently widowed when her husband died in a car crash, is living a closed up, non-productive life in her large Maine house.  Evvie's best friend Andy is worried about her and comes up with a solution.  Andy's best friend from childhood is also having a terrible time coming to grips with the end of his career as a major league pitcher.  Dean can't throw anymore and can't figure out why.  Andy urges Evvie to allow Dean to move into the apartment at the back of her house.  Evvie will have an income from the rent money and Dean can get out of the limelight. Both agree to the idea with one stipulation:  Dean won't ask questions about Evvie's late husband and Evvie won't ask Dean about his baseball career. Rules have a way of being broken and what builds as a friendship blossoms into something more. A joyful, hope-filled, summer read.


The Golden Hour: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062834751
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Published: William Morrow - July 9th, 2019

Newly widowed Leonora "Lulu" Randolph arrives in Nassau to write a monthly society column about the governor and his wife-- none other than the glamorous Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  New Yorkers are all intrigued with the couple, who five years earlier, headlined every magazine and newspaper with the abdication of King Edward IV and marriage to American Wallis Simpson.  With promise of $200 a month for her writing, Lulu can't imagine a more intriguing assignment on a Caribbean paradise.  But, as Lulu infiltrates the Duke and Duchess's social circle, she uncovers evidence of dirty politics, financial affairs, racial tension, and treason.  In the middle of this is Benedict Thorpe (with whom Lulu falls in love) and his complicated family history, plus a murder which will have you googling.

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

A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250066213
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 27th, 2019

In the latest book in Louise Penny's Three Pines mystery series, it is Inspector Armand Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department. No one expected Gamache to accept this demotion after having been the head of the police department known as Surete du Quebec. He shares this job temporarily with his previous second-in-command and son-in-law, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. River waters are rising from a spring thaw and threatening to completely flood the town of Three Pines. In the middle of this impending disaster, a father approaches the Surete, pleading for help in finding his daughter.  Gamache tries to manage both crises and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin-- the missing woman-- should be put on hold.  But with a daughter of his own, Gamache asks himself, "How would you feel if your daughter was missing and no one would help?"


Ask Again, Yes: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982106980
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Published: Scribner - May 28th, 2019

The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's Ten-Year Road Trip Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501159305
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

George Marshall: Defender of the Republic Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101990971
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Published: Dutton Caliber - July 9th, 2019



Three Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451642292
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

Chances Are . . .: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101947746
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Published: Knopf - July 30th, 2019

It is a real treat to read another novel from this Pulitzer Prize-winning author.  In Chances Are..., Lincoln, Teddy, and Mickey-- as well as Jacy, the one woman all three men loved-- became tight friends during their college days and the outbreak of the Vietnam War.  Now, more than four decades later, the three men reunite on Martha's Vineyard, catching up with each other and puzzling over the disappearance of Jacy during a Memorial Day weekend right there on the Vineyard in 1971.  This absorbing saga of the complex bonds of friendship is shot through with Russo's trademark comedy and humanity and is a great read for both longtime Russo fans and new readers alike.

The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062561411
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Published: Custom House - June 25th, 2019

This biography unveils the bravery of Polish hero Witold Pilecki, who actually volunteered to be taken captive into Auschwitz - perhaps the most vile of the German concentration camps during WWII. His goal was to undermine the Nazi efforts by building a resistance of like-minded, courageous inmates to fight against the oppressors and provide information on the atrocities he witnessed to the Allied Nations. This is a page-turning but difficult revelation of a dark time in history from within the darkness. Those who received the reports were reticent to act decisively because nobody believed that the evil Witold portrayed was humanly possible. Unfortunately, we now know all too well that his early and firsthand accounts were both possible and true