1. The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer.
Receiving the highest praise from both readers and critics, Wolitzer is a master and this is one of her finest.
2. Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt.
Stylish, compelling, artful, this is the most talked about novel of the year.
3. Off Course, by Michele Huneven.
A new novel, with rave reviews, by one of LA’s finest writers.
4. The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout.
From the author of Olive Kitteridge, this is the latest from a powerfully skilled contemporary writer.
5. Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes.
The bestseller that keeps on selling — why? It’s a satisfying romantic love story!
1. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis.
The latest by Michael Lewis, this is controversial only if you work on Wall Street. For everyone else, it is a meticulously researched indictment of high speed computer trading with desperately needed recommendations for reform.
2. Thrive: The Third Metric for Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder, by Arianna Huffington.
Always brilliantly articulate, Huffington turns her attention away from politics and current affairs and focuses on reassessing the values important to true success.
3. The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC to 1492 AD, by Simon Schama.
A truly global cultural history by one of our greatest historians, this is a magnificent contribution to Jewish studies.
4. The Empathy Exams: Essays, by Leslie Jamison.
Inventively clever essays on a range of subjects filled with humor and intelligence.
5. Hollywood Digs: An Archaeology of Shadows, by Ken LaZebnik.
Fourteen elegant essays on forgotten fragments of film history, beautifully illustrated with photos by Leigh Weinger, comprise this fascinating delving through the layers of Hollywood show business.
1. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.
Busting out of the Young Adult Category, this is the inspiring story from the inspired author, John Green. Soon to be a movie, in June, and a cultural marker in its own right.
2. Divergent, by Veronica Roth.
Movie is out, series is all the rage, this is the first of the trilogy of romantic thrillers for everyone who loved The Maze Runners and The Hunger Games.
3. Big Nate in the Zone, by Lincoln Peirce.
This is the latest from cartoonist Peirce in the Big Nate series, a cartoon syndicated in 200 papers nationwide, and a popular children’s book sensation.
4. The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems.
Willems is one of the most popular children’s illustrators around and this is his latest picture book in the “Pigeon” series!
5. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell.
Praised by none other than John Green, and by readers young and old, this is an award winning novel, full of heart.
John Evans is the owner of DIESEL, A Bookstore, located at 23410 Civic Center Way.