I love it when I discover an author who, after I have read one of their books, compels me to find others they have written and read them too. If that author has a new book on the way, I find myself anxiously awaiting that one too. There are many authors like that who we have all come
to love—John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King and the list goes on. Here are some
of the most popular authors today and their newest offerings in books. There is something for every taste and in all genres.
Small Great Things By Jodi Picoult
Picoult is known for taking very provocative, contemporary topics and writing a novel that challenges our attitudes and pre-conceived ideas about these issues. Small Great Things is by far one of her best. In it, she confronts racism in America today in a most unexpected place—a newborn nursery in the hospital.
Two By Two By Nicolas Sparks
Books by Sparks just fly off the shelf and many have been made into very popular TV movies. Most are set in a familiar setting we all know, North Carolina. Two by
Two introduces a successful businessman who has a great job and family. In the matter of a few months, however, he is thrust into unemployment and singleparenthood. Sparks tells a story that touches our hearts and also mirrors fears and concerns many modern families face.
Hero Of The Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape, And The Making Of Winston Churchill by Candace Millard
I first read Millard’s books, Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt, about Presidents James Garfield and Theodore Roosevelt, and fell in love with her writing and her subjects. Her latest book on Winston Churchill lives up to her previous books. We learn about Churchill as a young man, when he is convinced he is destined to be Prime Minister despite having just lost his first election and how he goes off to war to prove his mettle.
The Wright Brothers By David Mccullough
North Carolina is proud of its “First in Flight” heritage. Orville and Wilbur Wright may have designed and built their first airplane in Ohio, but it was on the sandy banks of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they proved that man really can fly. We get to know these brothers personally and share in the pride of their daring success in this incredibly well-researched book.
Commonwealth By Ann Patchett
I fell in love with Patchett’s book, Bel Canto, and have enjoyed other novels by her since then. This new addition to her collection of award-winning books promises to be every bit as good. When an ill-advised action at a family gathering threatens two families who have been close for years, things change in ways totally unexpected and subsequent events unfold over decades. Their story is told with humor and poignancy and it is sure to please both Patchett’s followers and those who may be new to reading this great author. That she is co-owner of an independent bookstore in Tennessee is just icing on the cake for me!
The Trespasser By Tana French
Who doesn’t love a good mystery? And French is one of the best writers of this popular genre. I was hooked on her books after reading the first in her Dublin Murder Squad series, In the
Woods. This is the latest in that series and promises to please all who thrive on well-written mystery novels with excellent character development. I often judge a mystery by how easily I can solve the crime—too easy and I feel a little disappointed. French may give all the clues, but she still keeps me guessing and on my toes.
The Underground Railroad By Colson Whitehead
I admit I had not heard of Colson Whitehead before I found this
book. However, he has written a well-regarded collection of works including The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships. His latest book chronicles a young slave’s adventures as she struggles for freedom, and this book is on everyone’s list to read this year!
The Whistler By John Grisham
Grisham became an instant hit with his first publicly known book, The Firm. Afterwards, we were introduced to his first book, A Time to Kill, which I really consider his best. Many of his novels have been made into movies, a good sign that the books were extremely popular. Grisham, a former lawyer, usually has a lawyer as his protagonist
challenged by ethical issues. In The Whistler, we meet a judge confronted by these challenges, but unable to resist certain temptations. We also meet investigator Lacy Stoltz, a lawyer in charge of following up on judicial misconduct, and off we go with another great John Grisham story sure to keep you up late at night.
Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare) By Margaret Atwood
The Hogarth Press was founded by Virginia and Leonard Woolf in 1917 with a mission to publish the best new writings of the age. In that tradition, The Hogarth Shakespeare project brings us Shakespeare’s works retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today. Margaret Atwood, herself a hugely popular writer, retells William Shakespeare’s The Tempest as Hag-Seed.
End Of Watch – A Novel By Stephen King
Talk about keeping you up all night! This book is the spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers. In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide. If main characters Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.
The Risen By Ron Rash
I was first introduced to Ron Rash through his short stories. I really loved them, then I read several of his novels and finally I was hooked on this author. A professor at Appalachian State University, Rash’s stories are set in North Carolina and The Risen follows this tradition. Brothers Bill and Eugene have a summer of ’69 experience that will change their lives forever. If you have not read Rash before, you are in for a real treat.
This is just a beginning of the latest books that are already promising to be some of the best books of 2016. Any one of them would make for a great gift for family or friends, or for you and your late night reading!