This week we celebrated the inauguration of President Barack Obama, which took place across The Mall in Washington, DC from where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech 50 years ago. For many, King, whose holiday happened to fall on Inauguration Day, was all about Civil Rights. But in this new book, In a Single Garment of Destiny, we get to see another side of the man. In some never-before-seen writings edited by Lewis Baldwin, we see King’s relationship with the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt and how fiercely determined he was to see freedom ring beyond the United States. King rightfully leads this week’s Hit List, which also features a new book by edgy bestselling author, Adam Mansbach about an urban mystery, as well as Twelve Years a Slave, about a free man who was kidnapped, beaten and sold into slavery. This story is the subject of a movie starring Brad Pitt and Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest lead actress Oscar nominee ever, set for release later this year.
Chris Duhigg, a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, is an investigative reporter for the New York Times where he was the recipient of the George Polk Award to honor a special achievement in journalism. In his book, he explores habits. Do you know anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking only to fail? Have you or someone you know attempted to lose more than 20 pounds but came up short? How about the pledge to run a marathon, dare I ask? What if I told you that a woman over 30 managed to accomplish all the above-mentioned goals, and that the secret to her success is one that can be repeated over and over again by anyone willing to transform the habit-forming part of their brains. Duhigg made the discovery and in his book, he reports on the success stories that demonstrate that we do indeed have the power to conquer some of the most stubborn vices in our mental makeup. Whether you are building a business, losing weight or looking to increase your social network, The Power of Habit can help to reach goal after goal instead being stuck on fail.
6. The Oath
By Frank Peretti (Nelson, Thomas Inc.)
Bestselling author of This Present Darkness, which sold more than 2 million copies is back with this supernatural thriller, The Oath. When a series of murders begin to occur in a remote mountain mining town and no one knows how to explain them, wild animals are thought to be responsible. But when the wild animal explanation no longer holds up, Steve Benson decides to investigate. The old town is none too happy with all the probing into the town’s dark secrets. Benson learns that they hanged the town preacher and had been essentially playing with sin ever since. Their acts unleashed an evil that no eye had seen and it set the town up for an unprecedented battle between good and evil.
Melissa De La Cruz is the author of Cat’s Meowand Blue Bloods, the first in her successful series (which has nine books currently in the series) set in New York City. In this latest and final installment, the story comes to an exciting crescendo. Within the ranks of Manhattan’s most elite families, there is a secret society of Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. Made up of the most powerful and most wealthy, we learn that they are also not human. They are Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires. In this book, we pick up with the story of Jack and Schuyler. He is the most popular boy in their prestigious school and she is the girl who never quite fits in. Jack, who has fallen in love with Schuyler, is asked by Lucifer (yes, that Lucifer), to kill her. Will he be able to do it and will Schuyler be saved from a fate worse than death, hell itself?
Speaking of hell…this book takes us into the depths of heat. Bill Streever is a scientist and nature writer who is known to go to any extreme to uncover the truth. All of the signs, signals and warning have made it crystal clear that earth is getting hotter. Even if you are one that chooses to debate otherwise, here are some facts: Glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates, oceans are warming, and droughts are everywhere. Streever says that while we understand the agony of a sunburn and the comfort that heat brings during the cold winter months, heat has a history. Heat has a story with a beginning, middle and end. From the chemistry of cooking, the invention of the first match, to nuclear weapons and a trip to Death Valley, heat is an adventurous narrative on heat and how it effects our everyday lives now and how it will impact on us in the future.
Imagine being a black man, born free, gainfully employed as a musician and carpenter and living your life. And imagine someone offering you a job in New York and when you get there, you are beaten, kidnapped and sold into slavery, being stripped from your family and freedom itself. This is the true story of Solomon Northup, who chronicles his 12 years enslaved. With all of the controversy and hoopla over the historical relevance of Django Unchained, Twelve Years a Slavewill be released as a feature film this year starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt. This first-hand account is a powerful moment in black history and American history that has been captured for all time and should be on the book shelf of every American.
New York Times Bestselling author Adam Mansbach, whose “children’s book” for adults Go The F**K To Sleep was both controversial and national sensation, is taking on the urban world in this novel. Rage Is Back is a tale of revenge and a crime so perfect it’s described as beautiful. Dondi Vance has just been kicked out of his prestigious prep school for selling weed and finds himself with no place to go when his mother throws him out of her Brooklyn apartment. There are rumors that his father, street-famous Billy Rage, has resurfaced after 16 years on the run. But could they be true? Dondi is on a mission to find out. And what he finds is that his father is the victim of a psychic attack by a Shaman in the Amazon basin. And more mysteries are uncovered on a staircase in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and things really get interesting in this urban epic of heroes and villains.
Known by the majority as a Civil Rights leader from the south, this book provides a look at Martin Luther King Jr. in his totality. He did more than head lunch counter sit-ins, and organize the Montgomery bus boycott. King was a complete political package and ahead of his time. This book goes into detail on his less publicized fights against poverty, religious freedom, war and racism. And these causes were not limited to the south, they were not limited to this country, King’s efforts on these fronts were global. He wanted equality for every race, in every country at every level. In a Single Garment Of Destiny allows readers into all the dimensions of King’s legacy. On the heels of the historic second inauguration of President Barack Obama, which fell on Martin Luther King Day and the comparison’s that followed, this book will allow you to really see who King was as it relates to history.