Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hardcover Bestsellers--Russian Classics and Paralyzed Detectives

Here's how things are going on our hardcover fiction bestseller lsit

1. The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia, by Mary Helen Stefaniak. This lovely event was a mix of family, friends, and fans. We're her fourth home, after Iowa City, Nebraska, and wherever Pacific University is. Oh, yes, I think it's in Washington state.

2. Great House, by Nicole Krauss. People are already buying books for our event on Wednesday, October 27th.

3. My Hollywood, by Mona Simpson. An underrated event with a nonetheless strong sell-through. Who couldn't buy the book after an evening with Simpson?

4. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen. First we only had non-Oprah editions. Now we have Oprah editions. But some of them came in signed!

5. Room, by Emma Donoghue. Stacie is still recommending this to everyone.

6. Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett. With Adam Levine coming on Monday for The Instructions, and Elizabeth Kostova appearing for the paperback of The Swan Thieves, I officially pronounce October 24-30 National Big Fat Book Week.

7. Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak. The new Pevear/Volokhonsky translation is getting a lot of attention, and it doesn't hurt that one of our best customers has been buying multiple copies for gifts.

8. Vestments, by John Reimringer. A decent turnout for this first novel. We had a great time hosting one of the two authors on this list writing about St. Paul.

9. Coming Back, by Marcia Muller. We always have a hot mystery out, and this is the one with the pop for this week. Sharon McCone has almost near-total paralysis, but still needs to find her missing physical therapist. That calls for an exclamation point!

10. Against all Things Ending, by Stephen Donaldson. It's the penultimate entry in the Last Chronicles of the Thomas Covenant.

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