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Sonoma’s Bestseller List

Joshua Green traces Donald Trump's long, strange trip to the Oval Office.

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Hardcover nonfiction

1. “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency” by Joshua Green

Six years of interviews resulting in a narrative of Trump’s victory in the 2016 Presidential election.

2. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil de Grasse Tyson

Short and sweet explanation of the nature of space and time.

3. “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America” by Nancy MacLean

Nobel Prize winning economist James McGill Buchanan’s argument on the dangerous manipulation of American politics.

4. “The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now” by Thich Nhat Hanh

Seven transformative meditations to open up new perspectives in our lives.

5. “Hallelujah Anyway” by Anne Lamott

A meditation on the benefits of discovering and extending mercy.

Paperback nonfiction

1. “The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries” by Thich Nhat Hanh

A new translation of the Buddha’s most important teachings.

2. “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow

Biography of the Founding Father, basis for the smash Broadway musical.

3. “Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture” by Joshua Levine

The WWII battle, focusing on the lives of the soldiers involved in the fighting.

4. “The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts” by Joshua Hammer

A mild mannered archivist/historian and his heroic efforts to save ancient manuscripts from destruction by Islamic extremists.

5. “The New Jim Crow (Revised)” by Michelle Alexander

The argument that today, convicted criminals are legally discriminated against similarly to the African Americans during the Jim Crow era.

Children’s titles

1. “The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide” by Chris Colfer

Middle readers, ages 8 to 12. Sixth and final installment of the popular series.

2. “Grendel’s Guide to Love and War” by AE Kaplan

Young adult, ages 12 to 17. A tale of rivalry, romance and existential angst.

3. “The Trials of Apollo, Book Two: The Dark Prophecy” by Rick Riordan

Science fiction, ages 12 and up. Clashes of mythic figures and pop culture.

4. ”She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World” by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger

Illustrated, ages 4 to 8. Profiles of women who left their mark on U.S. history, with beautiful watercolor illustrations.

5. “Smile” by Raina Telgameier

Graphic novel, ages 9 to 12. Trials and tribulations of a slightly nerdy girl.