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NYT Bestsellers for January 23, 2022

 Here is the New York Times Best Sellers for Hardcover Fiction and Non-Fiction for the week of January 23, 2022!

Hardcover Fiction

1. INVISIBLE by Danielle Steel
The daughter of a couple in a loveless marriage is discovered by a British filmmaker and thrust into the public eye.

2. THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig
Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

3. CALL US WHAT WE CARRY by Amanda Gorman
A debut collection of poems on identity and history by the presidential inaugural poet who wrote “The Hill We Climb.”

4. THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles
Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.

5. THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave
Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.

6. THE JUDGE'S LIST by John Grisham
The second book in the Whistler series. Investigator Lacy Stoltz goes after a serial killer and closes in on a sitting judge.

7. WISH YOU WERE HERE by Jodi Picoult
Diana O’Toole re-evaluates her seemingly perfect life when a pandemic disrupts her vacation in the Galápagos Islands.

8. THE MAID by Nita Prose
When a wealthy man is found dead in his room, a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel becomes a lead suspect.

9. THE STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT by Mitch Albom
After a ship explodes, 10 people struggling to survive pull a man who claims to be the Lord out of the sea.

10. CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr An interconnected cast of dreamers and outsiders are in dangerous and disparate settings past, present and future.

11. RECKLESS GIRLS by Rachel Hawkins
Six visitors who go to an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean encounter death and danger.

12. THE WISH by Nicholas Sparks
Maggie Dawes, a renowned travel photographer, struggles with a medical diagnosis over Christmas.

13. STAR WARS: THE FALLEN STAR by Claudia Gray
The third book in the High Republic series. Marchion Ro plans a new attack.

14. GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE by Diana Gabaldon
The ninth book in the Outlander series. As the Revolutionary War moves closer to Fraser’s Ridge, Claire and Jamie reunite with their daughter and her family.

15. THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS by Jessamine Chan
After one moment of poor judgment, government officials will decide if Frida Liu will get to keep her child.

Hardcover Non-Fiction

1. UNTHINKABLE by Jamie Raskin
The Maryland congressman describes leading the impeachment effort against the former president shortly after his son’s death by suicide and the insurrection at the Capitol.

2. THE 1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein
Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

3. WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson
The actor, producer and musician tells his life story and lessons he learned along the way.

4. CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner
The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer.

5. THE STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl
A memoir by the musician known for his work with Foo Fighters and Nirvana.

6. UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

7. GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey
The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

8. TASTE by Stanley Tucci
The award-winning actor reflects on his career, Italian-American heritage, meals and mishaps.

8. PERIL by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa
The Washington Post journalists detail the dangers and challenges during the transition to the Biden presidency.

10. THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT by Paul McCartney
A two-volume celebration of 154 songs, with handwritten texts, paintings and photographs from the songwriter’s archives.

11. THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant
An examination of the cognitive skills of rethinking and unlearning that could be used to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

12. THE REAL ANTHONY FAUCI by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The anti-vaccine advocate gives his take on the chief medical advisor to the president.

13. AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin
The Fox News host gives his take on the Green New Deal, critical race theory and social activism.

14. THE DAWN OF EVERYTHING by David Graeber and David Wengrow
A reinvestigation of social evolution and suggestions for new ways of organizing society.

15. ALL ABOUT ME! by Mel Brooks
The EGOT and Kennedy Center honoree shares stories about making comedy for the stage, film and television.

Farewell, Laura!

This week we say congratulations and farewell to our incredible director, Laura! Laura has been the director at the Topsfield Library for nine years. She has been a wonderful person to work for, and with; always willing to lend a hand, available for a quick meeting, supportive of her staff, and an enthusiastic participant in our fun theme days (especially pajama day)! The staff and patrons of the library will miss her very much.

If you would like to send some well wishes to Laura, please stop by the library and write her a note in a journal that we will present to her at her official retirement reception this spring (date TBD). Thank you again, Laura, for being a terrific leader, coworker, and friend to us all. We wish you the absolute best in your retirement!

Unable to make it in to sign her journal? We've created a form where you can submit your well-wishes.

    NYT Bestsellers for January 16, 2022

     Here is the New York Times Best Sellers for Hardcover Fiction and Non-Fiction for the week of January 16, 2022!

    Hardcover Fiction

    1. THE JUDGE'S LIST by John Grisham
    The second book in the Whistler series. Investigator Lacy Stoltz goes after a serial killer and closes in on a sitting judge.

    2. WISH YOU WERE HERE by Jodi Picoult
    Diana O’Toole re-evaluates her seemingly perfect life when a pandemic disrupts her vacation in the Galápagos Islands.

    3. THE STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT by Mitch Albom
    After a ship explodes, 10 people struggling to survive pull a man who claims to be the Lord out of the sea.

    4. THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles
    Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.

    5. THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig
    Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

    6. CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr
    An interconnected cast of dreamers and outsiders are in dangerous and disparate settings past, present and future.

    7. CALL US WHAT WE CARRY by Amanda Gorman
    A debut collection of poems on identity and history by the presidential inaugural poet who wrote “The Hill We Climb.”

    8. THE WISH by Nicholas Sparks
    Maggie Dawes, a renowned travel photographer, struggles with a medical diagnosis over Christmas.

    9. GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE by Diana Gabaldon
    The ninth book in the Outlander series. As the Revolutionary War moves closer to Fraser’s Ridge, Claire and Jamie reunite with their daughter and her family.

    10. THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab
    A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.

    11. UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by TJ Klune
    When given seven days to cross over, Wallace tries to pack in a lifetime’s worth of living in that week.

    12.THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave
    Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.

    13. BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU by Sally Rooney
    A novelist, a warehouse worker, an editorial assistant and a political adviser deal with changes.

    14. A SLOW FIRE BURNING by Paula Hawkins
    Three women come under scrutiny when a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat.

    15. THE DARK HOURS by Michael Connelly
    A death on New Year’s Eve, an unsolved murder and a hunt for serial rapists bring Bosch and Ballard back together.

    Hardcover Non-Fiction

    1. THE 1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein
    Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

    2. WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson
    The actor, producer and musician tells his life story and lessons he learned along the way.

    3. THE STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl
    A memoir by the musician known for his work with Foo Fighters and Nirvana.

    4. CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner
    The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer.

    5. GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey
    The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

    6. UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle
    The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

    7. THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT by Paul McCartney
    A two-volume celebration of 154 songs, with handwritten texts, paintings and photographs from the songwriter’s archives.

    8. ALL ABOUT ME! by Mel Brooks
    The EGOT and Kennedy Center honoree shares stories about making comedy for the stage, film and television.

    9. THE DAWN OF EVERYTHING by David Graeber and David Wengrow
    A reinvestigation of social evolution and suggestions for new ways of organizing society.

    10. TASTE by Stanley Tucci
    The award-winning actor reflects on his career, Italian-American heritage, meals and mishaps.

    11. RENEGADES by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen
    Conversations between the 44th president and the multiple award-winning musician on a range of topics.

    12. THE REAL ANTHONY FAUCI by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
    The anti-vaccine advocate gives his take on the chief medical advisor to the president.

    13. THE PRESIDENT AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTER by Brian Kilmeade
    The Fox News host gives an account of the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

    14. VANDERBILT by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe
    The CNN host and descendant of the Vanderbilt family charts the rise and fall of this American dynasty.

    15. BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS by Daniel and Eugene Levy
    Character profiles, major story moments and behind-the-scenes tales from the Emmy Award-winning series “Schitt's Creek.”

    NYT Bestsellers for January 9, 2022

    Here is the New York Times Best Sellers for Hardcover Fiction and Non-Fiction for the week of January 9, 2022!

    Hardcover Fiction

    1. THE JUDGE'S LIST by John Grisham
    The second book in the Whistler series. Investigator Lacy Stoltz goes after a serial killer and closes in on a sitting judge.

    2. THE STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT by Mitch Albom
    After a ship explodes, 10 people struggling to survive pull a man who claims to be the Lord out of the sea.

    3. CALL US WHAT WE CARRY by Amanda Gorman
    A debut collection of poems on identity and history by the presidential inaugural poet who wrote “The Hill We Climb.”

    4. THE WISH by Nicholas Sparks
    Maggie Dawes, a renowned travel photographer, struggles with a medical diagnosis over Christmas.

    5. THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles
    Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.

    6. GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE by Diana Gabaldon
    The ninth book in the Outlander series. As the Revolutionary War moves closer to Fraser’s Ridge, Claire and Jamie reunite with their daughter and her family.

    7. CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr
    An interconnected cast of dreamers and outsiders are in dangerous and disparate settings past, present and future.

    8. WISH YOU WERE HERE by Jodi Picoult
    Diana O’Toole re-evaluates her seemingly perfect life when a pandemic disrupts her vacation in the Galápagos Islands.

    9. THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig
    Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

    10. BILLY SUMMERS by Stephen King
    A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.

    11. FEAR NO EVIL by James Patterson
    The 29th book in the Alex Cross series. Cross fights the mastermind who has stalked him for years.

    12. THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave
    Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.

    13. STATE OF TERROR by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny
    In the wake of the previous administration’s mishandling of international affairs, the new Secretary of State Ellen Adams confronts interconnected global threats.

    14. MERCY by David Baldacci
    The fourth book in the Atlee Pine series. Atlee discovers her twin sister survived an abduction at the age of 6.

    15. HARLEM SHUFFLE by Colson Whitehead
    Ray Carney, a family man who sells furniture on 125th Street, gets a new clientele made up of vicious and unsavory characters.

    Hardcover Non-Fiction

    1. THE STORYTELLER by Dave Grohl
    A memoir by the musician known for his work with Foo Fighters and Nirvana.

    2. WILL by Will Smith with Mark Manson
    The actor, producer and musician tells his life story and lessons he learned along the way.

    3. GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey
    The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

    4. THE 1619 PROJECT edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein
    Viewing America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and expanded from The New York Times Magazine.

    5. THE LYRICS: 1956 TO THE PRESENT by Paul McCartney
    A two-volume celebration of 154 songs, with handwritten texts, paintings and photographs from the songwriter’s archives.

    6. THE PRESIDENT AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTER by Brian Kilmeade
    The Fox News host gives an account of the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

    7. RENEGADES by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen
    Conversations between the 44th president and the multiple award-winning musician on a range of topics.

    8. ALL AMERICAN CHRISTMAS by Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy
    A collection of holiday memories from members of the staff of Fox News.

    9. TASTE by Stanley Tucci
    The award-winning actor reflects on his career, Italian-American heritage, meals and mishaps.

    10. THE BEATLES: GET BACK by the Beatles
    The story of the making of the band’s final album, gathered from transcripts of their conversations.

    11. CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner
    The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer.

    12. ALL ABOUT ME! by Mel Brooks
    The EGOT and Kennedy Center honoree shares stories about making comedy for the stage, film and television.

    13. UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle
    The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

    14. THE REAL ANTHONY FAUCI by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
    The anti-vaccine advocate gives his take on the chief medical advisor to the president.

    15. AMERICAN MARXISM by Mark R. Levin
    The Fox News host gives his take on the Green New Deal, critical race theory and social activism.

    Best of 2021!

    Happy New Year from the staff at the Topsfield Town Library! It's time for the our Best of 2021! In this post, our staff shares their favorite books, and we highlight the most checked out books from the library in 2022!

    Staff Picks

    Lindsey's Pick:

    Little Hazel Witch
    by Phoebe Wahl
    An earthy and beautiful collection of four stories that celebrate the seasons, nature, and life.

    Noreen's Pick:

    The Push
    by Ashley Audrain
    A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family, about a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for- and everything she feared.

    Meghan's Pick:

    Nothing to See Here
    by Kevin Wilson
    A moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds the meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities.

    Becca's Pick:

    Crazy Rich Asians
    by Kevin Kwan
    A hilarious and immersive romantic comedy that will have you craving authentic Asian cuisine, a shopping trip, and reaching for the sequel immediately after turning the last page.

    Roz's Pick:

    Dolly Patron: Songteller
    by Dolly Patron
    A landmark celebration of the remarkable life and career of a country music and pop culture legend.

    Laura's Pick:

    Miss Benson's Beetle
    by Rachel Joyce
    A heartwarming, quirky, and emotional book about two British women on an overseas adventure.

    Anna's Pick:

    The Way Out
    by Alan Gordon and Alon Ziv
    A groundbreaking mind-body protocol for chronic pain.

    Sean's Pick:

    Greater Good
    by Timothy Zahn
    Thrawn and his allies race to save the Chiss Ascendancy from an unknown enemy in the second book in the epic Star Wars: Thawn Ascendancy trilogy.

    Noelle's Pick:

    In An Instant
    by Suzanne Redfearn
    Life is over in an instant for sixteen-year-old Finn Miller when a devestating car accident tumbles her and ten others over the side of a mountain. Suspended between worlds, she watches helplessly as those she loves struggle to survive.

    Eileen's Pick:

    A Place to Hang the Moon
    by Kate Albus
    Set against the backdrop of World War II, Anna, Edmund, and William are evacuated from London to live in the countryside, bouncing from home to home in search of a permanent family.

    Most Checked Out Adult Fiction

    Overwhelmingly, the most checked out adult fiction material in Topsfield in 2021 was The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah!

    The rest of the top 10 list:

    2. A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
    3. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
    4. The Night Watchman by Louise Edrich
    5. (tie) The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and The Searcher by Tana French
    7. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    8. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
    9. (tie) Win by Harlan Coben and American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

    And, the most checked out author in Topsfield was James Patterson!

    The rest of our top ten list:

    2. Kristen Hannah
    3. Elin Hilderbrand
    4. David Baldacci
    5. Louise Penny
    6. Stuart Woods
    7. Danielle Steel
    8. John Grisham
    9. Fredrik Backman
    10. Daniel Silva