Sunday, May 29, 2011

Anything Interesting to Say About What Sold Last Week? Of course! Plus a Tee Shirt Link.

Before I get to the bestsellers for the week, I wanted to note that Carl's been hard at work linking up our tee shirts for sale on our website.  We've also added some of the Out of Print book tees that have become quite popular. Here's the link. Just a reminder that the men's sizes of the fishy tees run large.

Oh, and don't forget, all books are also for sale on our website too, many with Google editions ebooks available for download.  They work on anything but Kindle.  I usually link, but there are too many titles on bestseller day--I'd get nothing else done and the lawn is looking shaggy.

Here are our top 5 hardcover fiction books for the week:
1. Caleb's Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks
2. The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
3. We the Drowned, by Carsten Jensen
4. Sixkill, by Robert B. Parker
5. Doc, by Mary Doria Russell

I don't get to talk to that many editors at the show, but coincidentally, I got to say hello to Geraldine Brooks' current and previous editors. I don't know what to do with that information, but since the event went very well, I had no shame in the introduction.  You'll notice that our Paris table (featuring The Paris Wife) has bumped to the front of the store.  It was a little cramped on our side table, and we are really selling both books and stuff off it. Time to reorder!

Hardcover nonfiction, now with 10% longer subtitles:
1. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larson
2. Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
3. Lies that Chelsea Handler Told me, by Chelsea's Friends, Family and Other Victims
4. Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, by Annie Jacobsen
5. A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother, by Janny Scott

Kind of Father's Day-ish, don't you think?  Lots of calls for the ESPN book. Here's a piece from Sports Illustrated.

Paperback fiction:
1. Separate Kingdoms, by Valerie Laken
2. An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the State Poets Laureate, edited by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Marilyn Taylor, Denise Lowe, and Walter Bargen (Wow, since we didn't want to confuse people as to who was coming, I have never really listed all the editors before.)
3. Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
4. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
5. A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

I didn't get to go to our event with Marilyn Taylor and Bruce Dethlefsen or Elaine Petrone as I was in New York, but I heard from Stacie that both the poets and the pregnancy class went well. 

Paperback nonfiction:
1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
2. The Miracle Ball for Pregnancy, by Elaine Petrone
3. God Calling, by A.J. Russell
4. College Safety 101, by Katherine Baty
5. Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwynne

Happy graduation table, everyone!

Kids Books:
1. Marco Flamingo/Marco Flamenco, by Sheila Jarvis
2, Carmela Sets Sail, by Carmela and Steven D'Amico
3. The Everything Kids Cookbook, by Sheila Nissenberg
4. I am a Bunny, by Ole Rissom and Richard Scarry
5. Rrralph, by Lois Ehlert (event next Saturday, June 4, 4 pm)

...and then a bunch of Father's Day books, including Todd Parr's The Daddy Book, and Clifford's Day with Dad.

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