Sunday, October 14, 2018

Boswell bestsellers, week ending October 13, 2018

Boswell bestsellers, week ending October 13, 2018

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Marukami
2. The Witch Elm, by Tana French
3. Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger (last chance to register for Oriental Theatre event on Wed Oct 17)
4. Dear Mrs. Bird, by AJ Pearce
5. Paris by the Book, by Liam Callanan
6. Transcription, by Kate Atkinson
7. The Winter Soldier, by Daniel Mason (Boswell event Mon Nov 5, 7 pm)
8. The Overstory, by Richard Powers
9. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
10. Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

It's not fair! Two of our favorite writers have new books on the same day. While not the same booksellers read Haruki Murakami's Killing Commendatore (we still have a few of the totes available if you want to purchase a book through us to get it) and Tana French's The Witch Elm (no tote, alas), there were multiple reads on both. I didn't read either, but I have read books #3 through 5 on this list. There are no end of reviews on Murakami - here's Kevin Canfield in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Overcomer, by David Jeremiah
2. Radium Girls in hardcover, by Kate Moore
3. One Person, No Vote, by Carol Anderson
4. Misdemeanorland, by Issa Kohler-Hausmann
5. Grateful, by Diana Bulter Bass
6. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, by James Mustich
7. Fear, by Bob Woodward
8. These Truths, by Jill Lepore
9. Flame, by Leonard Cohen
10. American Prison, by Shane Bauer

Poetry, plays, music - it's sometimes hard to decide if they are fiction or nonfiction. The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyric Drawings, I saw the word self-portrait used to describe Leonard Cohen's book and that was enough for me to stick with nonfiction, but who knows what other bestseller lists would say. Songs are fiction, aren't they? From Scott Timberg in The Guardian: "Was he, in the end, a musician or a poet? A grave philosopher or a grim sort of comedian? A cosmopolitan lady’s man or a profound, ascetic seeker? Jew or Buddhist? Hedonist or hermit? Across his 82 years, the Montreal-born Leonard Cohen was all of these things – and in his posthumous book of poetry, given the Lawrentian title The Flame by his son Adam, all sides of the man are present."

Paperback Fiction:
1. Eat the Document, by Dana Spiotta
2. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, by Kathleen Rooney
3. Hotel Silence, by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
4. The Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
5. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (Unsheltered releasesOctober 16)
6. Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
7. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
8. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
9. Innocents and Others, by Dana Spiotta
10. Bluebird, Bluebird, by Attica Locke

It's hard to actually describe what happened at Boswell last Wednesday through Friday. The Milwaukee Opera Theatre presented Antiology, which was an event inspired by Dana Spiotta's Eat the Document, which featured together a reading, a concert of songs from the book, and three original works for an opera in progress. She'll join the ranks of former Boswell visitors like Ann Patchett and Anchee Min whose works inspired operas. This Shepherd Express piece explained it a bit more.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Radium Girls, by Kate Moore
2. The Men Who Lost America, by Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy
3. White Rage, by Carol Anderson
4. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan
5. Grounded by Diana Butler Bass
6. Becoming Leonardo, by Mike Lankford
7. Transitions, by William Bridges
8. Great Lakes Water Wars (revised), by Peter Annin
9. Homeward, by Bruce Western
10. Preservation, by Christina Ward (her new American Advertising Cookbooks history coming soon)

One thing you might know about Radium Girls is that not one but two area schools are staging a play based on the subject - Nicolet this fall and Brookfield Central next winter. We were able to schedule a school visit where she spoke to drama students - how cool is that? One thing we weren't aware of was why Moore was touring the United States now, being that her book came out in paperback six months ago - the answer was that she's doing research for her next book. Do we know the subject? We do not. Catch up on Kate Moore's book with this NPR profile from Mary Louise Kelly.

Books for Kids
1. The Third Mushroom, by Jennifer L. Holm
2. The Fourteenth Goldfish (paperback), from Jennifer L. Holm
3. Lights, Camera, Middles School V1: Babymouse, by Jennifer L. Holm
4. Miss Communication V2: Babymouse, by Jennifer L. Holm
5. Full of Beans, by Jennifer L. Holm
6. The Fourteenth Goldfish (hardcover), by Jennifer L. Holm
7. Carmela Full of Wishes, by Matt de la Peña, with illustrations by Christian Robinson
8. Deseas de Carmela, by Matt de la Peña, with illustrations by Christian Robinson (the same book, in Spanish)
9. Muse of Nightmares V2, by Laini Taylor
10. Amor (Love, in Spanish), by Matt de la Peña, with illustrations by Loren Long

It's here! Carmela Full of Wishes is the follow-up collaboration to Last Stop on Market Street, which received the Newbery Medal for story and a Caldecott Honor for the artwork. Matt and Christian will be at Boswell tomorrow for an event co-hosted by Next Door. The following day they will do three school visits, including one to one of the Next Door sites (more like a pre-school) where we're aiming to have a book for every attendee, and another to Hayes Bilingual School (hence the Spanish-language sales). You can buy a book for Next Door kids too here. Here's a Publishers Weekly feature.

If you didn't hear, Bob Woodward's scheduled appearance in Milwaukee at the Riverside Theater has been cancelled. More in the Journal Sentinel.

Today's Journal Sentinel has a preview for the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, featuring Kathie Giorgio, Nick Petrie, Liam Callanan, Jim Higgins, and more.

From Gene Seymour in USA Today comes a review of Eric Idle's Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

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