Sunday, August 19, 2018

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending August 18, 2018

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending August 18, 2018

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Cherry, by Nico Walker
2. Paris by the Book, by Liam Callanan
3. There, There, by Tommy Orange (register for Tues, Sep 25 event here)
4. Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
5. My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh
6. Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk
7. The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin
8. A Double Life, by Flynn Berry
9. The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer
10. Noir, by Christopher Moore

In The New York Times, Alexandra Alter writes about Cherry, the new novel by Nico Walker: "Mr. Walker, 33, wrote the novel while serving an 11-year sentence in a federal prison in Kentucky, after pleading guilty in 2012 to robbing 11 banks around Cleveland during a four-month spree. His case puzzled prosecutors at the time, because he was such an unlikely criminal. He came from an affluent, supportive family, and was a war veteran who had received seven medals and citations for service in Iraq, where he went on more than 200 combat missions in 2005 and 2006."

Of the book, Boswellian Chris Lee wrote: "Cherry is Full Metal Jacket for the Iraq War, kicking in doors until it's boring and watching friends die ugly, pointless deaths. But then it comes home to an addict's life of dope boys and thieving, living from shot to shot."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Fall of Wisconsin, by Dan Kaufman
2. Milwaukee: A City Built on Water, by John Gurda
3. Calypso, by David Sedaris
4. High Risers, by Ben Austen (event Mon Sep 17, 7 pm)
5. You Can't Spell Truth Without Ruth, edited by Mary Zaia
6. Llive, Llaugh, Llove Llike a Llama, by Pop Press
7. The Soul of America, by Jon Meacham
8. Famous Father Girl, by Jamie Bernstein
9. Jell-o Girls, by Allie Rowbottom
10. Indianapolis, by Lynn Vincent

Melissa Firman writes about Allie Rowbottom's Jell-o Girls: A Family History in Shelf Awareness: "With candid and unflinching descriptions connecting the history of Jell-O, feminism and her mother's unpublished writings, Rowbottom makes a case that the curse wasn't physical, emotional or confined exclusively to their family. (Pearle Wait, the original holder of the Jell-O patent, went bankrupt shortly after the sale.) Instead, the curse was a repressive societal attitude 'reflected by the messages about women and their worth that her family sold with each box of Jell-O.'"

Paperback Fiction:
1. Less, by Andrew Sean Greer
2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
3. Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan
4. Beautiful Music, by Michael Zadoorian
5. Girl Waits with Gun, by Amy Stewart (Tickets for Wed, Aug 22 event here)
6. Delicious, by Ruth Reichl
7. Hotel Silence, by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
8. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
9. Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward (In-Store Lit Group discussion Mon Aug 27, 7 pm)
10. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

It's almost time for our event with Amy Stewart on Wednesday, August 22, 7 pm (tickets here). While Girl Waits with Gun has been a regular on our bestseller, one of our options for ticket holders is getting the brand new Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit, which releases on September 11. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy where I note: "Stewart’s excellent fourth entry in this historical series is just the right blend of thrills and humor, and you’ll no doubt be incensed by the period treatment of women. And yes, all the cases are based on true events." And Publishers Weekly wrote: "The blend of practicality, forthrightness, and compassion in her first-person narration is sure to satisfy series fans and win new admirers."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Little Walks, Big Adventures, by Erin Buhr
2. The Color of Law, by Richard Rothsein
3. Sacred Fire, by Roland Rolheiser
4. My Own Words, by Ruth Bader Ginsberg
5. Long Players, by Peter Coviello
6. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond
7. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
8. Meaty, by Samantha Irby
9. Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari
10. Prarie Fires, by Caroline Fraser

Joining current bestseller You Can't Spell Truth without Ruth, a book of quotes, and a long run for The Notorious RBG is Ruth Bader Ginsberg's collection of writings and speeches, My Own Words, written with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams, now in paperback. From Stav Ziv in Newsweek: "Ginsburg wrote the book’s preface, while Hartnett and Williams contextualize each part and the selections, which include law review articles, speeches, briefs and dissents...It’s Ginsburg’s first book since she became a justice two decades ago."

Books for Kids
1. Illegal, by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano (Register for Thu, Sep 13 event here)
2. The Lifters, by Dave Eggers
3. The Inventors at No. 8, by A.M. Morgen
4. Toaff's Way, by Cynthia Voigt
5. The Legend of Greg V1, by Chris Rylander
6. The Unicorn Rescue Society V1, by Adam Gidwitz
7. The Basque Dragon V2, by Adam Gidwitz
8. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
9. If You Had a Jetpack, by Liesl Detlefsen, with illustrations by Linzie Hunter
10. A Place for Pluto, by Stef Wade, with illustrations by Melanie Demmer

The squirrel can be a polarizing animal in a bookstore. While one Boswellian has been known to openly proclaim squirrel aversion, our buyer Amie Mechler-Hickson is quite fond of a book that features Tamiasciurus hudsonicus. Just out is Toaff's Way, written by Cynthia Voigt and illustrated by Sydney Hanson. The advance reviews agree. Publishers Weekly writes: "Fans of Voigt's Davis Farm books will relish this newest animal adventure featuring Toaff, a gray squirrel whose curiosity gets him in trouble as much as it brings happy surprises." Kirkus called it "a brilliant, bushy-tailed bildungsroman." I should note that Kirkus did forget to note whether the squirrel was Red or Douglas.

Journal Sentinel TapBooks page back next week.

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