Sunday, September 9, 2018

Boswell bestsellers, week ending September 8, 2018

Boswell bestsellers, week ending September 8, 2018.

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Fall of Gondolin, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Circe, by Madeline Miller
3. Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler
4. The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin
5. Paris by the Book, by Liam Callanan
6. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
7. There There, by Tommy Orange (Register for 9/25 event here)
8. Essential Dykes to Watch Out for, by Alison Bechdel
9. Times Convert V1, by Deborah Harkness
10. Lake Success, by Gary Shteyngart

There are actually new releases in our top 10 again! I'm sure readers are aware of Deborah Harkness (who visited Boswell for a past book) and Gary Shteyngart (who did not, but did visit Harry W. Schwartz), but who is Delia Owens? Where the Crawdads Sing, her novel, is the September pick for the Reese Witherspoon Book Club. Witherspoon notes in her video launch that this is the kind of book you don't want to end, so you "just save the last ten pages and don't read them." People are saying the novel is Barbara Kingsolvery and it has a lot of Outer Banks flavor.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. High Risers, by Ben Austen (event Mon 9/17, 7 pm at Boswell - The Rose Petranech Lecture)
2. You Can't Spell Truth Without Ruth, edited by Mary Zaia
3. Educated, by Tara Westover
4. The Good Neighbor, by Maxwell King
5. Heirloom Houses, by Wade Weissmann (event Wed 9/12 at Villa Terrace. Tickets here.)
6. Tommy, by Tommy Thompson and Doug Moe
7. How to Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan
8. The Fall of Wisconsin, by Dan Kaufman
9. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
10. Disordered Mind, by Erc R. Kandl

Last week Jim Higgins reviewed The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers in the Journal Sentinel and this week it shows up on our top 10. Here's an Pittsburgh Magazine article about the Mr. Rogers exhibit at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh that featured a talk from King. It's from 2015, but still interesting.

Chris and I have been fondly discussing why Pittsburgh has an "h" in its name while almost every other "burg" does not. Can you name two other American towns (larger than 10,000) that kept their final h? They are both in the same state.

Paperback Fiction:
1. Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan
2. Less, by Andrew Sean Greer
3. Best European Fiction 2018, edited by Alex Andriesse
4. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
5. The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry (In Store Lit Group discussion, Tue Oct 2, 7 pm, at Boswell)
6. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, by Kathleen Rooney
7. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
8. Hotel Silence, by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
9. The Dry, by Jane Harper (Mystery Book Club discussion, Mon, Oct 22, 7 pm, at Boswell)
10. Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

If you like a well-written page turner with a different kind of setting, our next Mystery Book Club pick might be for you. The Dry wound up getting great reviews (here's The New York Times write-up from Janet Maslin) and won the UK Crime Writers' Association CWA Gold Dagger Award for best novel. She's only the third Australian to nab the honor (more here). And yes, like Where the Crawdads Sing, it was a pick of Reese Witherspoon's - she's got the option on The Dry.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends, by Anna Lardinois
2. Becoming Leonardo, by Mike Lankford
3. Hidden Tools of Comedy, by Steve Kaplan
4. Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV, by Joe Toplyn
5. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan
6. Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, by Adam Rutherford
7. The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein
8. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond
9. Black Klansman, by Ron Stallworth
10. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

For folks who weren't able to see Anna Lardinois at Boswell this week for Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends (signed copies still available), she'll be at Historic Milwaukee on September 22 and Tippicanoe Branch of Milwaukee Public Library on September 24 at 6:30 pm. You can also read more of Lardinois's work as the current Pfister Narrator.

You know it's September when the school purchases appear (yes, these comedy writing books are for a class). We provide a source for classroom books in a nearby high school district (along with Barnes and Noble) and we do have several UWM professors who work with us to carry their selections - mostly trade titles. There's just no chance a student is going to buy a $125 textbook from us, though you'd be surprised how many folks contact us thinking we might just have them. Even stranger, some of those people are price shopping.

Books for Kids:
1. Illegal, by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, and Giovanni Rigano (Register here for 9/13, 6:30 pm event at Boswell)
2. The Conjuror V1, by John and Carole E. Barrowman
3. Atlas Obscura's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid, by Dylan Thuras (Register here for 9/18, 6:30 event at Greenfield Library)
4. Nephilim V2, by John and Carole E. Barrowman
5. Red Fox Clan V2, by John Flanagan (Register here for 9/28, 6 pm event at Oak Creek Library)
6. The Royal Ranger V12/V1, by John Flanagan
7. Sold, by Patricia McCormick
8. The Third Mushroom, by Jennifer L. Holm
9. Lord of the Fleas V5, by Dav Pilkey
10. Rite of Passage, by Richard Wright

So here's an explanation of the numbering for the new John Flanagan book, The Red Fox Clan. The book follows up the adventures of two fan favorites featured in The Royal Ranger, which was number 12 of the original series. Now the number is gone and it's officially #1 of this spin-off series. Per the publisher: "Picking up where The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning left off, this next installment continues the story arc featuring young apprentice, Maddie, and the student-turned-master, Will Treaty. The time has come for the next generation to assume the mantle and become protectors of the kingdom of Araluen." Hope that explains things! See you at Oak Creek on September 28 - don't forget to register.

Here are the three reviews in TapBooks page of Journal Sentinel today:
--Charles Finch discusses his love for Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone on its 20th anniversary (USA Today)
--The Masterpiece, by Fiona Davis, reviewed by Patty Rhule (USA Today)
--Dead Man Running, by Steve Hamilton, reviewed by Jeff Ayers (Associated Press)

No comments: