This month, I’d like to introduce you to an author who writes interesting thrillers of a kind quite different from last month’s legal thrillers.
Philippa Gregory writes amazing historical fiction that will have you turning pages as fast as you can. Start with “The Other Boleyn Girl” (2001). It’s about Mary Boleyn, the sister of Henry VIII’s wife, Ann Boleyn.  Mary and Henry never married, which may have been in her best interests. As you remember, Henry VIII had a habit of doing away with his wives, in one way or another. “The Other Boleyn Girl” was made into a major motion picture starring Scarlet Johanssen and Natalie Portman.  After only a chapter or two of the book, you will understand right away why it was made into a movie.  Philippa Gregory’s books are often on the New York Times Bestseller List.  Look for her new book, “Tidelands,” set in 17th century England torn by civil war. Gregory’s books are so interesting that you will think of them less as history and more as a human drama of people you can imagine knowing.

On an entirely different note, Malcolm Gladwell writes books that explain why things happen.
He has a unique perspective on what makes us tick and what makes society tick.  Gladwell bridges the gap between observations on social concerns and the serious analysis of social trends.  Gladwell’s titles tell us exactly what he is going to explore. Start with his first, “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference” (2000).  Gladwell writes as though he and his reader are having a conversation.  He has published 5 books, and his books are always on the New York Times Bestseller’s List. Readers tend to get hooked on Gladwell.   Look for his new book, “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know.” Malcolm Gladwell really understands human nature.


“Nothing Ventured,” Jeffrey Archer
“The Testaments,” Margaret Atwood
“The Bitterroots,” C.J. Box
“Robert B. Parker’s The Bitterest Pill,” Reed Farrel Coleman
“The Titanic Secret,” Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul
“The Stalking,“ Heather Graham
“The Guardians,” John Grisham
“Sins of the Father,” J.A. Jance
“The Institute,” Stephen King
“The Timepiece,” Beverly Lewis
“Vince Flynn’s Lethal Agent,” Kyle Mills
“The 19th Christmas,” James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
“Bloody Genius,” John Sandford
“The Oysterville Sewing Circle,” Susan Wiggs

Adult Non-Fiction:
“Thank You For My Service,” Mat Best
“A Republic, If You Can Keep It,” Neil Gorsuch
“Witch Hunt: The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History,” Gregg Jarrett
“Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency,” Andrew C. McCarthy
“The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America,” Bill O’Reilly
“Permanent Record,” Edward Snowden
“Barnum: An American Life,” Robert Wilson

“What is the Story of Frankenstein?” Steve Keenan
“What is the Story of Wonder Woman?” Steve Kortel

Young Adult:
The Tyrant’s Tomb (Trials of Apollo Series),” Rick Riordan

Children’s Picture Books:
“5-Minute Stories,” Margaret Wise Brown
“First Day Jitters,” Julie Danneberg
“Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party,” James Dean and Kimberly Dean
“Hey Grandude!,” Paul McCartney
“Cutest Animals Collection (National Geographic Readers Series), Anne Schreiber, Laura Marsh and Amy Shields“Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum,” Dr. Seuss