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Book Bin's Bestsellers

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

Becoming Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

If you're a fan, you'll want to read it. if you're not, you won't.  Becoming covers Michelle Obama's life from before she was born to when she and Barack left The White House.  It is not a quick read.  It is packed with personal details of her life, her opinions about everything from politics to motherhood and her hopes for her country and her family.  By the time I got about a third of the way through her memoir, I felt I truly knew Michelle Robinson Obama.  Even if one doesn't agree with her views, her journey from a one bedroom apartment on Chicago's South Side to Harvard Law School and then to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is an incredible trip!

--- Nancy Randall


Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735219090
Availability: Backordered
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 Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984825483
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Published: Crown Forum - December 4th, 2018

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812988703
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Published: Random House - April 3rd, 2018

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 Rocket Men 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.

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

We love local author Ron Balson and are more than pleased to bring you his newest novel. Liam Taggert and Catherine Lockhart are back as we move from the frightening early days of Hitler's power in Berlin and the world of the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic to Bolgna and then into the small town of Pienza, Italy.  Balson weaves a melodic story through the memoir of Ada Baumgarten, violin prodigy and the daughter of the concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. Catherine and Liam make a formidable team as they unravel the mystery behind Ada's memoir and the desperate search for the rightful owner of the Italian villa set within Tuscan wine country.

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

Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590504
Availability: Backordered
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."

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250151162
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Published: Picador - April 3rd, 2018

The Reckoning: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385544153
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Published: Doubleday - October 23rd, 2018




Leadership: In Turbulent Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476795928
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

"Are leaders born or made?... How does adversity affect the growth of leadership?  Do the times make the leader or does the leader shape the times?... What is the difference between power, title, and leadership?  Is leadership possible without a purpose larger than personal ambition?"  Ms. Goodwin delves into these big questions using the four subjects she's researched her entire career: Lincoln, Roosevelt (Teddy), Roosevelt (Franklin), and Johnson.  She studies them at three distinct times of their lives: their early careers, a time of tragedy or devastation, and their time in the White House.  As a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Doris Kearns Goodwin's new book is not to be missed.

The Great Alone: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312577230
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2018

Kristin Hannah has a vast following of readers, and we are among them.  We were not disappointed in the new novel coming from her this month.  The Allbright family, Ernt, Cora, and Leni, has been touched by war, and Leni, a thirteen year old girl, is growing up in a violent home.  Ernt has come back from Vietnam and has a temper that can bubble up at any moment.  When an army buddy dies and leaves Ernt his land and home in the Alaskan frontier, it is just the new start that they need.  But like in most situations, their problems follow them, and Cora and Leni are still fearful for their lives, now with civilization cut off from them.  With her characteristic flair, Ms. Hannah weaves a heart-wrenching story you won't soon forget and won't want to end. 

The Word Is Murder: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062676788
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Published: Harper - June 5th, 2018

This book is causing quite a stir at the Book Bin.  Many among our staff have lent the "advanced reader copy" to their significant others, and both men and women are raving about it.  In writing a very inventive mystery, Mr. Horowitz has put himself into the book as he helps solve the murder of a woman.  Coincidentally, the murdered woman ordered and paid for her own funeral the day before she died.  This is a great procedural crime story peppered with deduction and wit.


The Collector’s Apprentice: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616203580
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2018

The Music Shop: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812986563
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 6th, 2018

It's 1988 London.  Frank owns a record store in a run-down part of London.  He only sells vinyl and will NOT be talked into selling CDs.  One day a mysterious woman walks into his store and his life is changed.  Frank also has a great cast of friends who help him navigate the new feelings this woman has given him.  This is a wonderful story of two quirky and wonderful characters.

Nine Perfect Strangers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250069825
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 6th, 2018

Dark Sacred Night (A Ballard and Bosch Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316484800
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 30th, 2018

Michael Connelly's new character Renee Ballard returns, this time with our favorite retired detective Harry Bosch.  Renee meets Harry when she returns to the station and finds a stranger going through old file cabinets.  That intruder is none other than Harry Bosch who is working an old cold case that has been with him for years. Fifteen year old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood, was murdered and left in a dumpster. Although Renee kicks Harry out, she has second thoughts and joins forces with him to finally bring the killer to justice.

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.

It may take about fifty pages to get into The Great Believers.  There are a lot of male characters, and, in the beginning, I kept mixing them up.  However, once I was clear about who was who, I couldn't stop reading.  Stay with it; it's well worth it.  The Great Believers artistically depicts important issues and memorable characters.

--- Nancy Randall

Sometimes I Lie: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250144850
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 30th, 2018

The title gives you a hint of what's to come in Ms. Feeney's debut novel.  Amber wakes in the hospital, body unresponsive but mind alert and tries to figure out what happened to her and if it has anything to do with her husband or her sister Claire.  This is a must read for fans of the unreliable narrator- and that's not a spoiler; just read the title!

Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501135941
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 10th, 2018

A Double Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224964
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Published: Viking - July 31st, 2018

Ms. Berry, winner of the "Edgar Award for Best First Novel" for store favorite Under the Harrow, is back with a new gripping mystery.  It is the story of Claire, a London doctor.  Nearly 30 years ago, her father became the first English lord accused of murder in over a decade.  When he disappears, things remain unfinished.  Her journey to find out what really happened the night of the murder will keep you on the edge of your seat.