Editor’s note: Today, The Lima Public Library is reviewing books that were NY Times Bestsellers for April 4 for the past 20 years. The titles are available as e-books through the Ohio Digital Library at https://ohdbks.overdrive.com/.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (April 4, 2015)
Every day the same. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Their life — as she sees it — is perfect. And then she sees something shocking.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (April 4, 2010)
Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure.
The Rising: Antichrist Is Born by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (April 4, 2005)
Marilena Carpathia has only one dream: to be a mother. So when a mysterious clairvoyant promises the fulfillment of this dream, Marilena does not hesitate. Through genetic engineering and the power of the prince of darkness himself, Marilena is about to become a chosen vessel, one who will unknowingly give birth to the greatest evil the world has ever known.
The Brethren by John Grisham (April 4, 2000)
Trumble is a minimum-security federal prison, home to the usual assortment of relatively harmless criminals and at least five lawyers. And three former judges who call themselves the Brethren. They meet each day in the law library, their turf at Trumble, where they write briefs, handle cases for other inmates, practice law without a license, and sometimes dispense jailhouse justice.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (April 4, 2015)
On May 1, 1915, with World War I entering its 10th month, a luxury ocean liner sailed carrying a record number of children and infants. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania’s captain placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (April 4, 2010)
When the crash of the U.S. stock market became public knowledge in the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren’t talking.
Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty by Anne Bird (April 4, 2005)
The story no one else can tell. Scott Peterson’s sister gives her account of his marriage and his disturbing behavior — and tells how she realized that her brother was capable of murder. What happens if, after being given up for adoption in childhood, you reestablish contact with your biological family — only to discover that your true brother is a killer? Anne Bird, the sister of Scott Peterson, knows first-hand.
Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom (April 4, 2000)
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago.
The Super Bowl: Chasing Football Immortality by Matt Doeden
The National Football League is the most popular sports league in the United States, and the Super Bowl is its biggest stage. The incredible runs, gutsy defensive stands and game-winning touchdown throws are all here. Award-winning sports author Matt Doeden explores the history of the Super Bowl and covers its greatest moments from Super Bowl I to Super Bowl LI. Experience again, or for the first time, the high points of the biggest game of the year.