Editor’s note: Bestsellers from the past 20 years are included today.
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (April 18, 2015)
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her.
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (April 18, 2010)
When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she’d previously borrowed, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (April 18, 2005)
While in Paris, Robert Langdon is awakened by a call in the dead of the night. The curator of the Louvre has been murdered, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
The Wedding by Danielle Steel (April 23, 2000)
As an attorney for the stars, Allegra Steinberg is used to handholding her celebrity clients through their tangled lives and loves. But with a career that consumes so much of her time, Allegra has little time for a private life. Until a chance encounter with a New York writer turns Allegra’s life upside down. And suddenly, she finds herself planning a wedding at her parents’ Bel Air home.
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli (April 12, 2015)
Becoming Steve Jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the Apple cofounder and CEO: How did a young man so reckless and arrogant that he was exiled from the company he founded become the most effective visionary business leader of our time, ultimately transforming the daily life of billions of people?
Oprah: A Biography by Kitty Kelley (April 25, 2010)
On what is arguably the most influential show in television history, Oprah has gotten her guests—often the biggest celebrities in the world—to bare their love lives, explore their painful pasts, admit their transgressions, reveal their pleasures, and explore their demons. In turn, Oprah has repeatedly allowed her audience to share in her own life story. After a quarter of a century of the Oprah-ization of America, can there be any more secrets left to reveal? Yes. Because Oprah has met her match.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell (April 17, 2005)
Here is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant—in the blink of an eye—that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Great decision makers are those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing”—filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand (April 18, 2001)
Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.