Books To Know–Top 10 List–August 2011


August 1, 2011
Jordan Schatz
Reporter/News Writer
Books: Top 10 List

1. Unlikely Brothers

By John Prendergast and Michael Mattocks, 2011

Unlikely Brothers documents the unlikely relationship between twenty-year-old John Predergast and Michael Mattlocks, a seven-year-old living in a crime-ridden neighborhood in Washington D.C. Prendergast decides to become a Big Brother to Mattlocks and the book, co-authored by both men, offers two unique perspectives of both their experiences.

2. Found: A Daughter’s Journey Home

By Tatum O’ Neal and Hilary Liftin, 2011

Academy Award-winning actress Tatum O’Neal spells a heart-touching story of tribulations, recovery and forgiveness in her latest memoir, Found, which documents her fight to stay sober, her desire to reconnect with family and the amazing power of love. It is the second memoir by O’Neal, following her “New York Times” bestseller Paper Life.

3. A Dance With Dragons

By George R.R. Martin, 2011

One of the most anticipated books of 2011, Dance With Dragons is the fifth book in the immensely popular Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. A Dance With Dragons further immerses readers into a world that makes it impossible to put the book down.

4. Now You See Her

By James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, 2011

Patterson reminds us again why he is the master of thrillers with his latest novel which takes readers on a page-turning, edge-of-your-seat ride to discover the truth behind a murder. The story shadows the character Nina as she attempts to cover up the perfect crime. Don’t leave for the beach without it!

5. A Stolen Life

By Jaycee Dugard, 2011

A Stolen Life is the heart-wrenching story of Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped at the age of 11 and spent 18 years in imprisonment. The book tells of Dugard’s resilience, her bravery and her courage during and after her rescue.

6. Before I Go To Sleep

By S.J. Watson, 2011

Before I Go To Sleep, introduces readers to Christine Lucas, who after a terrible accident, loses her memory every time she falls asleep. Beautifully written, the story tells of the relationship between Lucas, her doctor, and her husband who may be hiding the truth from her.

7.The Paris Wife

By Paula McLain, 2011

Told from the unique perspective of Earnest Hemingway’s wife, The Paris Wife narrates life in Paris and the ill-affects that the city has on her relationship with her famous husband. A great book for Hemingway lovers everywhere, it is truly a must-read for summer 2011.

8.Of Thee I Zing

By Laura Ingraham with Raymond Arroyo, 2011

Well-known conservative radio host Laura Ingraham presents a satire of the American cultural decline, and ways to fix it. If you are annoyed by kids who say “like” way too much or have accidentally been butt dialed by someone’s cellphone one-to-many times than this book is calling your name.

9.Stories I Only Tell My Friends

By Rob Lowe, 2011

Rob Lowe tells his stories in his latest memoir, which takes readers on a journey from his childhood to star on the hit television show “West Wing.” Stories I Only Tell My Friends allows readers into the life of Lowe, who uses witty prose and engaging story-telling to make his autobiography a must read.

10. Smokin’ Seventeen

By Janet Evanovich, 2011

Smokin’ Seventeen is a heart-pounding novel about a bounty hunter who has become the hunted. Character Stephanie Plum, a 17-year-old girl, must escape a killer who is after her while still trying to live the life of a senior in high school.


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