January Bestseller

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of January:

1  Life of Pi by Yann Martel

2  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

3  One Shot: Jack Reacher by Lee Child

4  Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

5  Thanks, Help, Wow by Anne LaMott

6  The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

7  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

8  Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

9  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

10  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

October Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of October:

1  Mark of Athena by  Rick Riordan

2  The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

3  No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen

4  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

5  A Wanted Man by Lee Child

6  Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

7  Winter of the World by Ken Follett

8  Zoo by James Patterson

9  America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert

10  Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Destiny of the Republic

Candice Millard’s gripping biography Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President is an astounding read.  This book documents the incredible life of President James Garfield.  He rose up from poverty to become a scholar, a Civil War hero, a congressman, and finally president.  Millard not only explores his life and assassination, but also the medical practices that occurred during that time period; all in all creating a fascinating read covering the late nineteen hundreds.

I loved how easy this book was to get into.  Millard did such a marvelous job of taking a dry subject and making it interesting.  There was so much knowledge included in the book, but I never felt bored or overwhelmed with the facts.  Instead, I found myself eager to get home to finish reading it.  I was also intrigued with Millard’s portrayal of  Garfield’s assassin.  She really attempted to show his perspective and reasoning as to why he attempted to murder the president, along with his descent into mental illness.  I was also astounded by the medical sanitation, or complete lack thereof, at the time and general medical practices overall.  Garfield’s death was not from the bullet lodged in him, but rather from the “medical care” he received.  Needless to say, we have come along ways from those days of germs and dirt. This is a great book to read this fall and already a bestseller.