Sunday, September 16, 2018

Fear not! Here's the Boswell bestseller list for the week ending September 15, 2018

Fear not!*  Here's the Boswell bestseller list for the week ending September 15, 2018.

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit V4, by Amy Stewart
2. There There, by Tommy Stewart (register for this event Tue 9/25, 7 pm, at
3. The Winter Soldier, by Daniel Mason (event Mon 11/5, 7 pm, at Boswell)
4. The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai (signed copies still available)
5. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
6. The House of Broken Angels, by Luis Albert Urrea
7. Farm, by Wendell Berry
8. Lake Success, by Gary Shteyngart
9. Juror #3, by James Patterson
10. The Man Who Came Uptown, by George Pelecanos

About a month after our event with Amy Stewart, Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit is finally here (and signed copies are available). I really enjoyed it (read my recommendation on the Boswell item page) and so did Katherine Powers at The Washington Post: "Aside from its plot, fine character development and nicely timed humor, the novel excels in revisiting a vanished time, place and sensibility. Clothes, food and transportation are smoothly integrated into the story. Constance’s flouting of the proper role of women is central. Her exploits make her, in the popular mind, more of an astonishment than a noble creature."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Fear, by Bob Woodward
2. Heirloom Houses, by Wade Weissmann
3. War in 140 Characters, by David Patrikarakos
4. High-Risers, by Ben Austen (event Mon 9/17, 7 pm, at Boswell)
5. Educated, by Tara Westover
6. You Can't Spell Truth Without Ruth, edited by Mary Zaia
7. The Coddling of the American Mind, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt 8. The Soul of America, by Jon Meacham
9. Milwaukee: A City Built on Water, by John Gurda (event Mon 10/1, 6 pm, at Milwaukee Public Library Loos Room)
10. The Fall of Wisconsin, by Dan Kaufman

Guess what? People really want to read Bob Woodward's Fear. Barnes and Noble said the rate of sale is the highest for them in since Go Set a Watchman in 2015 (per CNN). Here's a story from Time magazine by Alejandro de la Garza about one West Virginia librarian's attempt to keep Fear off their shelves. And here's George Packer's New Yorker piece. We hope to get more copies in this week.

Paperback Fiction:
1. Death Checks In V3, by David S. Pederson
2. In the Midst of Winter, by Isabel Allende
3. Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
4. The Ninth Hour, by Alice McDermott
5. Less, by Andrew Sean Greer
6. Death Comes Darkly V1, by David S. Pederson
7. Death Goes Overboard V2, by David S. Pederson
8. Absalom, Absalom, by William Faulkner
9. The Penguin Book of Hell, edited by Scott G. Bruce (event Thu 9/27, 7 pm, at Boswell)
10. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In its second week of sale, the paperback edition of Isabel Allende's In the Midst of Winter, the story of a group of people changed by an accident during a blizzard, has a nice sales pop. Anita Felicelli reviews the book in the San Francisco Chronicle: "This sturdy braid of dramatic migration stories is balanced by an equally interesting present-day plot. Evelyn’s strong reaction to the rear-ending turns out to be justified: There is a dead woman, a frozen corpse, in the trunk of the Lexus. Without knowing who killed the woman, but suspecting Evelyn’s boss, the three devise a plan to dispose of the body without alerting the authorities."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. The Optical Vacuum, by Jocelyn Szszepaniak-Gillece
2. The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein
3. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan
4. Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends, by Anna Lardinois
5. Janesville, by Amy Goldstein
6. The View from Flyover Country, by Sarah Kendzior
7. Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari
8. Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Harari
9. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond
10. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann

Also out on September 4 was Yuval Noah Harari's Homo Deus, a take on the future from an acclaimed historian. He has a new book too, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. In The Telegraph, they noted that Harari sells like Harry Potter and gets reviewed by Umberto Eco. For a take on Homo Deus, here's the review in The Economist.

Books for Kids:
1. People Kill People, by Ellen Hopkins
2. Illegal, by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, with illustrations by Giovanni Rigano
3. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
4. Atlas Obscura Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid, by Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco (Register for event at Greenfield Public Library, Tue 9/18, 6:30 pm)
5. Rite of Passage, by Richard Wright
6. Artemis Fowl V1, by Eoin Colfer
7. Chicken Sunday, by Patricia Polacco
8. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls V1, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
9. We Don't Eat Our Classmates, by Ryan T. Higgins
10. Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson

More on Jacqueline Woodson's Harbor Me. Here's Kirkus Reviews: "Woodson delivers a powerful tale of community and mutual growth. The bond they develop is palpable. Haley’s recorder is both an important plot element and a metaphor for the power of voice and story. The characters ring true as they discuss issues both personal and global. This story, told with exquisite language and clarity of narrative, is both heartbreaking and hopeful."

From the Journal Sentinel book page.

--Jim Higgins reviewed The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to the Civil War, written by Joanne B. Freeman. His take: "The Field of Blood seconds a broader point Freeman makes regularly in her excellent Yale University Open Course on the American Revolution. While historical events, such as the outcomes of the American Revolution and the Civil War, may seem preordained to us now, they certainly were not to people living in those times. Nineteenth-century congressmen making those honor challenges, or sidestepping them, were weighing unknowns as they sought to advance their interests, stay electable and preserve the Union."

-In addition, Barbara Ortutay reviews Small Fry, by Lisa Brennan-Jobs, from the Associated Press

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