Most-checked-out titles from the Wilmette Public Library (thru January 2017)


Night School, by Lee Child

Jack Reacher fans get a look at the complicated past of their polarizing hero in this prequel, the twenty-first novel in the Reacher series.

From the jacket: It is 1996, and at thirty-five years old, Reacher is still in the Army. He’s moved to an emergency task force because the intelligence services in Europe have plucked a menacing phrase from the air: “The American wants a hundred million dollars.” Who is this person? And why does he or she need the money? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. If they don’t get their man, and soon, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Michael Connelly

The newest of the Harry Bosch series about a veteran L.A. detective, who, in this latest turn, is California’s newest private investigator. 

From the jacket: Harry Bosch is a low-maintenance P.I. Soon one of Southern California’s biggest moguls comes calling, searching for a former love and his baby that she may or may not have had. The dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. As Bosch begins to uncover the haunting story–which includes uncanny links to his own past–he knows he cannot rest until he finds out the truth. At the same time, unable to leave cop work behind completely, he volunteers as an investigator for a tiny cash-strapped police department and finds himself tracking a serial rapist who is one of the most baffling and dangerous foes he has ever faced.

The Trespasser, by Tana French

Behind substantial recognition, this crime novel from French became a best-seller and an Amazon Book of the Year.

From the jacket: A new case might be Detective Antoinette Conway’s breaking point. It starts like many do: a murder, and the boyfriend is the prime suspect. But things don’t add up and when she begins to be followed, Antoinette wonders if this case is another step in the campaign to force her off the squad. Or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?

The Whistler, by John Grisham

America’s greatest law-and-order author is back at it—this time with a corruption tale of greed and power of the highest order.

From the jacket: Judges are supposed to be honest and wise. Their integrity and impartiality are the bedrock of the judicial system. What happens when that trust is broken? Lacy Stoltz, an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct, knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But she realizes quickly this case is different. Using a previously disbarred lawyer and his client as her sources, Stoltz tracks maybe the most corrupt of judges. She immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous, even deadly.

Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

Best-selling and award-winning author Patchett pens the story of how an improbable romantic encounter changes the paths of two families. 

From the jacket: One afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly. Spanning five decades, “Commonwealth” explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story is no longer hers to control.


J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2017: For Preparing Your 2016 Tax Return

It’s that time of the year again, and J.K. Lasser is back to help taxpayers through it with his lauded annual income tax guide.

From the jacket: This book answers your most pressing questions in a reader-friendly format. Readers can learn about the latest tax law and any I.R.S. changes and read expert advice on deductions, planning, and more. An e-supplement is also available at

Appetites: A Cookbook, by Anthony Bourdain

The man made famous for his brazen and genuine approach to reviewing food and culture across the globe releases his first cookbook in more than ten years with his favorite all-time recipes, which he now enjoys creating and serving at home.

From the jacket: After years of traveling more than two hundred days a year, Anthony Bourdain now enjoys entertaining at home. Years of prep lists and the hyper-organization necessary for a restaurant kitchen, however, have caused him, in his words, to have “morphed into a psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten.” The result is a home-cooking, home-entertaining cookbook, with personal favorites from his own kitchen and from his travels, translated into an effective battle plan. 

Tools of Titans: the tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers, by Tim Ferriss

The host behind “The Tim Ferriss Show,” a podcast that has accumulated more than a hundred million downloads, gives readers an inside look at what is behind uber-successful individuals.

From the jacket: On his website, Ferriss says, “What makes the podcast and this book different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis? … Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.”

Strangers in their own land: Anger and Mourning on the American right, by Arlie Russell Hochschild

From the best-selling author and sociologist behind “The Second Shift” and “The Outsourced Self,” this new title was a finalist for the National Book Award 2016. 

From the jacket: Hochschild embarks on a journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she champions, Hochschild finds common ground with the people she meets—among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident—people whose concerns are ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children. The book goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that many on the political right have been duped into voting against their interests. In the right-wing world she explores, Hochschild discovers powerful forces—fear of cultural eclipse, economic decline, perceived government betrayal—that override self-interest, as progressives see it, and help explain the emotional appeal of a candidate like Donald Trump.

The Undoing Project: A friendship that changed our minds, by Michael Lewis

Lewis, author of “The Big Short,” returns to tell another amazing tale of genius making us rethink what we know about our behavior.

From the jacket: Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis’ own work possible.

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