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Newsmax Rising Bestsellers — Week of Dec. 30, 2019

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By    |   Monday, 30 December 2019 11:03 AM

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.

These books might not necessarily appear on the official New York Times list of bestsellers, but they are the ones our Newsmax audience is reading, talking about, sharing with friends and even buying.

Here are the Newsmax Rising Bestsellers for the week of Dec. 30, 2019:

1. "A Bookshop in Berlin: The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the Nazis,'' by Françoise Frenkel (Atria Books) Memoirs come and go, but this one by Françoise Frenkel, a Polish Jew fighting for survival in Nazi-occupied Europe, is a keeper. Quietly published in 1945 and just rediscovered hidden away in an attic, Frenkel's story of incredible resilience opens as she fulfills a dream by opening Berlin's first French bookshop, La Maison du Livre, in 1935. The space quickly catches on with artists, celebrities, and poets as a refuge from the growing Nazi ideology poisoning the city. Soon, the harassment begins, with police raids and book seizures, and following Kristallnacht in which Stormtroopers torched Jewish homes and businesses in November 1938, Françoise flees to Paris. But when the City of Light is bombed, Frenkel continues her escape across southern France, witnessing the horrors of war, including children being seized from their parents and Jews being shipped off to death camps. She was arrested and jailed attempting to sneak into Switzerland in 1942, but was miraculously acquitted, and went on to cross the border and write her incredible story. Frenkel's writing is frank, yet refreshingly innocent and unbiased and teaming with youthful spirit. "Certainly the war had reduced the pitch of our general gaiety by a few tones, but Paris was alive with its animated, insouciant atmosphere," she writes. "The Latin Quarter rippled with youth, street corners still hummed with song and book lovers continued their furtive reading …" Her outstanding account of the hopes and dreams of youth, shattered by the horrors of war, is a journey that shouldn't be missed.  (Nonfiction)

2. "Trump's World: GEO DEUS," by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch and Felipe Cuello (Humanix Books)

President Trump is a disrupter on every front, his unique style can be defined a chaos management, with the president listening to many points of view, playing them off each other and then deciding which best fits the situation. The authors take readers inside his presidency and populist outlook for a unique understanding of what shapes Trump's mind and his foreign affairs policies. The president's motivations are examined and the reader gains an understanding of his political thinking, economic model and more. It's a unique tour inside Trump's world. The book is "a must read for those who desire to understand how we got her and where we are headed," writes Steve Bannon. (Nonfiction)

3. "Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

We're a little late to the table on this one, but it's a must-read, having defied gravity on The New York Times bestseller list to become the biggest success story of the decade in publishing. While loads of bestsellers have come and gone over the past two years, "Crawdads" has stayed in the Top 5 for 67 weeks including 30 weeks at No. 1 -- to become the biggest success story of the decade in publishing. Just as astonishing is that it's a first novel – written by a 70-year-old zoologist and doctor of animal behavior who was sure she couldn't spin such a story. But she has, and it's an absolute joy to sit back and get sucked into this engrossing tale of Kya Clark, a teenage loner who lives in a swampy cove off the North Carolina coast and gets involved in the mysterious death of rich, well-to-do townie. To give away more would be a crime. One of our very favorites. (Fiction)

4. "Stillness is the Key,'' by Ryan Holiday (Portfolio)

An expert on ancient philosophy, Holiday draws on his knowledge to present a topsy-turvy theory – that the secret to charging ahead in life is not speeding up, but rather slowing down. And he's convincing, citing Stoic and Buddhist philosophy that allows practitioners to conquer their tempers, avoid distractions, discover great insights, achieve happiness and do the right thing. It's a technique, he calls "stillness" and says is used by all great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes and visionaries, including Confucius, Marcus Aurelius, Friedrich Nietzsche, Winston Churchill, Anne Frank and even . . . Mister Rogers! Holiday argues that too many people find themselves overwhelmed and unable to face obstacles, egos and competition amid a stressful world of 24/7 news and social media. The anecdote is kicking back a little bit to seek a meaningful, contented path in a world that needs it. One of the best feel-good books of the year. (Nonfiction)

5.  "The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural," by Agatha Christie (William Morrow)

Yes, the "Queen of Crime" died in 1976, but trusty publisher William Morrow has unearthed a "new'' Agatha Christie tale, "The Wife of the Kenite,'' written in 1922 but never published in the United States. It's part of a new collection of 20 little-known Christie tales focusing on the supernatural and the spooky. Dame Agatha traditionalists need not despair – her greatest creation, famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, appears in three of these tales, which are guaranteed to give you a few shivers. And as usual, the dialogue sparkles. While "The Last Séance" may not be her best, even Grade B Christie is crackling good fun. (Fiction)

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