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Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Dec. 2, 2019

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The Newsmax Rising Bestsellers list will do more than stimulate your mind. These reads may challenge your beliefs, broaden your perspectives, excite your curiosities, or widen your imagination. One thing is for certain – you will not be bored!

While some of our choices may not necessarily appear on the official New York Times list of bestsellers, they are the ones our Newsmax audience is reading, talking about, sharing with friends, and even buying.

Check out our list of Newsmax Rising Bestsellers for the week of Dec. 2, 2019:

1. "Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster," by Adam Higginbotham (Simon & Schuster)

This fast-paced account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in 1986 reads like a nailbiting thriller — it is hard to put down and all the more chilling because it is all true. Higginbotham spent years tracking down and interviewing survivors, and digging up government documents and unpublished memoirs to piece together the mind-boggling tale of one of the world's nuclear horrors and how the Soviet propaganda machine nefariously attempted to squash its severity. It is no cliche to say your jaw will drop at some of the twists and turns the author describes. (Non-fiction)

2. "The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter's Journey to Reconciliation," by Peggy Wallace Kennedy with Justice H. Mark Kennedy (Bloomsbury)

Peggy Wallace Kennedy was 8 years old when she witnessed one of the most indelible moments of racism in America's history: her father, Gov. George Wallace, attempting to block two African-American students from entering the University of Alabama in 1963. In this candid memoir, Kennedy recalls her extraordinary childhood with a man once described as the nation's "most dangerous racist,’" how he later renounced his views and how, after her own political awakening, she would dedicate her life to spreading the new Wallace message of peace and compassion. Reconciling with her adored father, who coined the phrase "Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever," was no easy task, but Kennedy bravely is not willing to let sleeping dogs lie. (Non-fiction)

3. "The Sacrament," by Olaf Olafsson (Ecco)

The so-called genre of Nordic Noir continues to dominate the literary mystery scene — and that is a good thing. The latest example is Olaf Olafsson's compelling tale of a young nun sent by the Vatican to investigate allegations of misconduct at a Catholic school in snowy, frigid Iceland, a visit shattered by the mysterious death of the school's headmaster. Some 20 years later, the nun is summoned back the school by a man who witnessed that death and is haunted by it. Gobs of atmosphere here. The perfect page-turner to read while curled up on the couch with a comfy blanket. (Fiction)

4. "Olive, Again," by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)

Cantankerous but lovable Olive Kitteridge, who charmed the world, is back in a new set of short-story adventures set in Crosby, Maine. If you were a fan of the first — 2008's "Olive Kitteridge," which won a Pulitzer Prize and spawned an HBO series — you will be delighted with this long-awaited sequel. And if you are new to Olive's world, prepare to enter an intriguing world of small-town folk admirably coping with their day-to-day lives. Do not miss this one. (Fiction)

5. "I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa," by Charles Brandt (Steerforth)

The book that inspired the movie of the moment, "The Irishman," Martin Scorsese's latest sweeping organized-crime opus starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci and now streaming on Netflix. Originally published as "I Heard You Paint Houses," Brandt's tome is a sober account of mob life in post World War II America, as seen through the eyes of unapologetic hitman Frank Sheeran, who worked for crime boss Russell Bufalino and might hold the key to solving the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa. These characters are bigger than life, often terrifying and endlessly fascinating. A true-crime classic. (Non-fiction)

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