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Book Bin's Bestsellers

Our bestsellers are updated monthly (or close to it) on the Book Bin's website: updated November 1, 2018.

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.

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."

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.

Lethal White (A Cormoran Strike Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316422734
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 18th, 2018

Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804187046
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 23rd, 2018

Transcription: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316176637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 25th, 2018

Transcription bounces from 1940 to 1950 and focuses on Juliet Armstrong's role in both decades.  Juliet is a smart, sassy, resourceful young woman who in 1940 works for MI5 in London.  Her job is to secretly transcribe conversations occurring in the next room --conversations between an MI5 spy and a handful of Nazi sympathizers.  Ten years later, Juliet is the producer of a children's program on the BBC.  Her life seems dreary and dull until she meets someone she worked closely with in the 1940's who refuses to recognize her now.


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 Fifth Risk Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324002642
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018



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

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780785224501
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Published: Thomas Nelson - October 2nd, 2018

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.


Waking Lions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316395410
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 27th, 2018

Eitan Green, a neurosurgeon living in a small city in Israel, is out driving his SUV in the desert late at night when he accidentally hits and kills an illegal Eritrean immigrant.  He leaves the scene, returns to his home where his wife, a police detective,  and his two sons are sound asleep, and unknowingly sets off a series of unexpected, sometimes dangerous, events.  From that night on, Eitan's life is one lie after another.  And each new happening means he has to cover his tracks more scrupulously.

Waking Lions has it all-great writing, suspense, fleshed-out characters and moral dilemmas.  Furthermore, it brings up themes of guilt, the Mideast conflict, illegal immigrants and how well do we truly know ourselves or others.  I eagerly await Gundar-Goshen's second novel.

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.

Virgil Wander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128782
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Published: Grove Press - October 2nd, 2018

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

Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501183669
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Published: Free Press - October 2nd, 2018

Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501166273
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Published: Touchstone - September 18th, 2018

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062797155
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 4th, 2018

A Spark of Light: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345544988
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 2nd, 2018

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