Sunday, November 13, 2011

What's Selling at Boswell? An NPR Interview with a Kids Book Author Wipes Us Out...for a Day or So, and No I'm Not Referring to Paolini.

Hardcover Books for Kids
1. Mastiff, by Tamora Pierce
2. Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini
3. Rrralph, by Lois Ehlert
4. Tortall, by Tamora Pierce
5. Wildwood, by Colin Meloy
6. Dog Parade, by Barbara Joosse
7. Dragon's Tooth, N.D. Wilson
8. Lots of Spots, by Lois Ehlert
9. Ten Little Caterpillars, by Bill Martin and Lois Ehlert
10. Oodles of Animals, by Lois Ehlert

You might have guessed that we had events with Tamora Pierce and Lois Ehlert. And yes, we had a nice pop on Christopher Paolini books (he apparently sold 500,000 in a day, or something like that). I'm also happy to see a pop on Barbara Joosse's Dog Parade. She'll be doing a Festive Friday storytime with us on Friday, December 2, at 4 pm, just before the doggie costume contest, as you may have heard here already (and you will hear again).

But the most interesting news was the pop on N.D. Wilson's Dragon Tooth, after a particularly good interview on All Things Considered with Guy Raz. It's about two boys who join a secret order of explorers, and it's set in Wisconsin!

Hardcover fiction:
1. 11-22-63, by Stephen King
2. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
3. The Katyn Order, by Doug Jacobson
4. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
5. The Litigators, by John Grisham
6. The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
7. Reamde, by Neal Stephenson
8. The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides
9. State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
10. The Cat's Table, by Michael Ondaatje

Looking forward to Craig Thompson's events on Wednesday, November 16, at MIAD at 2 and Boswell at 7. Both are free and open to the public.

Hardcover nonfiction:
1. Alive and Kicking, by Chester Marcol
2. Everyone Leads, by Paul Schmitz
3. Back to Work, by Bill Clinton
4. Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
5. Healthy South Indian Cooking, by Alamelu Vairavan
6. Jerusalem, by Simon Sebag Montefiore
7. Blue Nights, by Joan Didion
8. Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals, by Pam Anderson
9. And So it Goes, by Charles Shields (one of the two Vonnegut bios)
10. Boomerang, by Michael Lewis

And no, to answer a customer, I don't know why these things always come out together. The other Vonnegut book is Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels.

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Tiger's Wife, by Téa Obreht
2. Blankets, by Craig Thompson
3. The Great Enigma, by Tomas Transtromer
4. Night of Flames, by Douglas Jacobson
5. Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese

Nothing interesting here, except our bestseller sales continue to be soft. The Blankets hardcover turned out to be a hot seller and I didn't have time to get more for the event, but we'll have paperbacks there.

Paperback nonfiction:
1. Beyond the Pews, by Jillian Maas Backman
2. The Hare with Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
4. Unlikely Frienships, by Jennifer Holland
5. Heaven is for Real, by Todd Burpo

You know Owen and Mzee, but what about that daschund that befriended the koi?

Paperback Books for Kids
1. Terrier, by Tamora Pierce
2. Bloodhound, by Tamora Pierce
3. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
4. Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet, by Jane O'Connor
5. Wild Magic, by Tamora Pierce

Nancy wants a simple Thanksgiving, only the family insists on making it fancy. In the end, she realizes that celebrating baushaus style  means less dessert. Actually, this plot is made up; I haven't read the book yet, but I do know it is good because it has a lot of stickers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can tell you why the Sumner book (it's not a biography; it's literary history) came out as the same time as my biography of Vonnegut: Sumner's publisher hoped for a coattail effect.

Charles J. Shields