“The Watch" by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya (Hogarth, $25.00) Following a desperate night-long battle, a young woman stands outside of an isolated Afghan military base demanding the return of her brother’s body. As the tension rises, due to the woman’s refusal to move until her demands are met, the conflict comes to a boil as the soldiers try to figure out what to do next. A heartbreaking and haunting look at the nature and reality of war.
"Barack Obama: The Story" by David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $32.50) In this comprehensive biography of Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss delves into Obama’s upbringing and formative years before entering politics. From the small towns of Kansas to the remote villages of western Kenya, the book details the struggles of both Obama’s white and black ancestors. The family threads converge as Obama reaches adulthood and travels to Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. It is a quintessentially American story, one that explains the forces that shaped Obama’s life.
1. "Symphony in the Flint Hills" by Louise Carlin
2. "Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook" by Cheryl & Griffith Day
3. "Nothing Daunted" by Dorothy Wickenden
4. "The Chaperone" by Laura Moriarty
5. "Haunt" by Laura Lee Bahr
6. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James
7. "Angels at Sunset" by Tom Mach
8. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James
9. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn
10. "Wichita" by Thad Ziolkowski
Source: Watermark Books & Cafe