Sunday, September 23, 2018

Notes from the Bestseller Listener: Boswell's Top Tens for the Week Ending September 22, 2018

Notes from the Bestseller Listener: Boswell's Top Tens for the Week Ending September 22, 2018

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Lethal White V4, by Robert Galbraith
2. My Struggle V6, by Karl Ove Knausgaard
3. Time's Convert V1, by Deborah Harkness
4. There There, by Tommy Orange (Register for this event on Tue 9/25, 7 pm, here)
5. The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai
6. Labyrinth of the Spirits, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
7. The Fall of Gondolin, by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
9. The Winter Soldier, by Daniel Mason (event Mon 11/5, 7 pm, at Boswell)
10. Lake Success, by Gary Shteyngart

The fourth Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) is Lethal White, which Sarah Lyall in The New York Times wrote is "a big, stuffed-to-the-brim, complicated bouillabaisse of a book, not least because of the busy inner lives of its protagonists. It features, among other things, blackmail and counter-blackmail, deception and betrayal; a high-profile suicide that might be murder; paintings and jewelry that could be worth a lot, or not much at all; intimations of a deeply distasteful business venture that no one wants to talk about; a killing that may have taken place years ago; and generally sketchy behavior extending from the Houses of Parliament to a socialist resistance movement to a crumbling countryside estate."

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Fear, by Bob Woodward
2. High-Risers, by Ben Austen
3. Milwaukee: A City Built on Water, by John Gurda
4. These Truths, by Jill Lepore
5. Educated, by Tara Westover
6. Leadership, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
7. The Good Neighbor, by Maxwell King
8. Tommy, by Tommy Thompson and Doug Moe
9. Atlas Obscura, by Dylan Thuras, Joshua Foer, and Ella Morton
10. The Road to Disaster, by Brian Vandemark

Michael Schaub, on NPR, looks at These Truths: A History of the United States. He writes: "She has chosen to look at America through the lens of the lens of the promises America has made to itself, and whether we've kept them. One of the earliest of the country's broken promises was slavery, which the authors of the Declaration of Independence failed to mention in their document. 'The Declaration that Congress did adopt was a stunning rhetorical feat, an act of extraordinary political courage,' Lepore writes. 'It also marked a colossal failure of political will, in holding back the tide of opposition to slavery by ignoring it, for the sake of a union that, in the end, could not and would not last.'"

Paperback Fiction:
1. At the End of the War, by DeWitt Clinton
2. Bluebird, Bluebird, by Attica Locke
3. Hotel Silence, by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
4. Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
5. The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga
6. Forest Dark, by Nicole Krauss
7. The Weight of Ink, by Rachel Kadish
8. Less, by Andrew Sean Greer
9. The Gustav Sonata, by Rose Tremain
10. The Readymade Thief, by Augustus Rose

When I talk to customers about their favorite authors, Geraldine Brooks is one author who comes up with regularity. One of her most popular novel is People of the Book. But Brooks, much as we'd like her too, cannot have a new book all the time. It turns out that several readers have told me that Rachel Kadish's The Weight of Ink. is a great recommendation for those fans. It received the National Jewish Book Award Publishers Weekly compared the novel to A.S. Byatt's Possession.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Homeward, by Bruce Western
2. Night Moves, by Jessica Hopper
3. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan
4. Ecological Aesthetics, by Nathaniel Stern
5. Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends, by Anna Lardinois
6. Somos Latinas, by Andrea Arenas and Elois Gómez
7. The Radium Girls, by Kate Moore (Tickets for Thu 10/11 event at Lynden here)
8. The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein
9. Great Lakes Water Wars 2E, by Peter Annin
10. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

Peter Annin will be launching the second edition of Great Lakes Water Wars at Discovery World on October 3, for an event cosponsored by Northland College, the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation, and the Joyce Foundation. The new edition includes information on Foxconn, Waukesha, and the massive Chicago diversion. Register for this event here.

Books for Kids:
1. Illegal paperback edition, by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, and Giovanni Rigano
2. The Great Shelby Holmes V1, by Elizabeth Eulberg
3. Illegal hardcover edition, by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, and Giovanni Rigano
4. The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case V3, by Elizabeth Eulberg
5. Seeds and Trees, by Brandon Walden
6. The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match V2, by Elizabeth Eulberg
7. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
8. Atlas Obscura's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid, by Dylan Thuras, Rosemary Mosco, and Joy Ang
9. Lord of the Fleas V5, by Dav Pilkey
10. Dog Man V1, by Dav Pilkey

We've hosted Elizabeth Eulberg in the past for her YA novels but this is our first day of school visits for her middle grade series, the newest of which is The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case. Of the first book in the series, Publishers Weekly wrote: "Readers will delight in Shelby’s ability to read clues in this well-plotted mystery and sympathize with Watson who, along with the rest of the supporting cast, is generally two steps behind Shelby."

Journal Sentinel book page reviews:
--Jocelyn McClurg reviews In Pieces, the new memoir from Sally Field. (USA Today)
--Jeff Ayers reviews Trust Me, a thriller from Hank Phillippi Ryan (Associated Press)

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