Compared to some bestselling thriller writers, we sell Daniel Silva pretty well. What we noticed, though, was that our first week's pop for Portrait of a Spy was a bit higher than it was for his last, The Rembrandt Affair. Is this an affect of picking up some Borders customers? Is it long term or transitional?
1. The Borrower, by Rebecca Makkai
2. Portrait of a Spy, by Daniel Silva
3. The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan
4. A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin
5. The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
In other news, Rebecca Makkai told me that she is taking into consideration the idea that her character Lucy (from The Borrower) should date Dean Bakopoulos's Zeke (from My American Unhappiness, which was #9 this week). If I were active on Twitter, I guess this wouldn't be news to me.
1. Illuminating the Particular, edited by Christel Maass
2. In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson
3. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
4. Go the F*ck to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach
5. Bossypants, by Tina Fey
It was very nice to officially meet Christel Maass, whose book, Illuminating the Particular, is a wonderful collection of photographs of Milwaukee's South Side by Roman Krasniewski. In "I can't decide what the heck this is" news, I decided to categorize Go the F*ck to Sleep as nonfiction this week.
1. A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin
2. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
3. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin
4. Room, by Emma Donoghue
5. A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
I've been doing a lot of outreach to German groups for our event with Oliver Pötzsch and The Hangman's Daughter on August 4 (thanks, Jim!) I'm glad to say that his book is our #6 paperback fiction this week.
1. The Available Parent, by John Duffy
2. Creating Dairyland, by Edward Janus
3. North Point Historic District, by Shirley McArthur
4. Last Call, by Daniel Okrent
5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
The YWCA is already promoting their Evening to Promote Racial Justice on December 7 with keynote speaker Rebecca Skloot. Here's the link. I have hardly anounced any of our fall events at all, as just about every one needs some sort of t crossed and i dotted.
1. I am a Bunny, by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling
3. Magic Treehouse Research Guide: Snakes and Reptiles, by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
4. Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs before Dark, by Mary Pope Osborne
5. Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp, by Syd Hoff
I guess that info about Potter ebooks being available only on Pottermore was a bit premature, as there is now a deal in the works with Google Ebooks, which is the system we use at Boswell.
Oh, and the Bug Eyes are selling well too.
New York Daily News, because when I was a child, I liked to look at the globe in their lobby.
Happy Independent Bookstore Day!
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