Sunday, December 2, 2018

Becoming, Butterflies, and Bruce, Bruce, Bruce - Boswell Bestsellers for the week ending December 1, 2018

Here we go!

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Walking Backwards, by John Koethe
2. Kingdom of the Blind V14, by Louise Penny
3. The Overstory, by Richard Powers
4. Night of Miracles, by Elizabeth Berg
5. Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty
6. The Winter Soldier, by Daniel Mason
7. The Witch Elm, by Tana French
8. Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger
9. Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Murakami
10. Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver

The long-awaited new Inspector Gamache mystery arrives off from its normal August release date. Penny fans could tell you more about this than I can. But here's Maureen Corrigan talking about Kingdom of the Blind in The Washington Post: "As always, Penny’s moral vision and evident love for her own characters imbue all these situations with emotional depth. Over the course of this series, that love has proven to be contagious. (Full disclosure: I witnessed this adulation in person at the National Book Festival in September when I interviewed Penny about her work.) Kingdom of the Blind is an ingenious mystery that follows a thoughtful group of beloved characters navigating their way through a fallen world. What more could a mystery reader — or any reader for that matter — want?"

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Israeli Soul, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
2. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
3. Timefulness, by Marcia Bjornerud
4. Zahav, by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
5. Educated, by Tara Westover
6. The Misunderstood Mission of Jean Nicolet, by Patrick J Jung
7. Milwaukee A City Built on Water, by John Gurda (signing only with John Gurda, Sat Dec 15, 2 pm)
8. Gmorning Gnight, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with illustrations by Johnny Sun
9. Milwaukee A City of Neighborhoods, by John Gurda
10. You Can't Spell Truth Without Ruth, edited by Mary Zaia

Lin-Manuel Miranda's bestselling book, Gmorning Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me and You is a collection of affirmations that originally appeared on his Twitter feed. Johnny Sun's illustrations are an important part of the package and Ailsa Chang interviewed him on NPR about the project: "I was aware of him much earlier than he was aware of me," Sun says. "But eventually I think we just started realizing that we were just kind of floating in the same space, and that's how we started to get to know each other."

Paperback Fiction:
1. Lord of the Butterflies, by Andrea Gibson
2. Hotel Silence, by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris
4. Descent, by Tim Johnston (event with author at Boswell Mon Jan 28, 7 pm)
5. Improvement, by Joan Silber (In-Store Lit Group Mon Jan 7, 7 pm)
6. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, by Kathleen Rooney
7. Less, by Andrew Sean Greer
8. Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
9. Lord of the Flies, by William Goldin
10. Friday Black, by Nana Kwame Adje-Brenyah (In-Store Lit Group Mon Feb 4, 7 pm)

Usually we have a pop of sales for the In-Store Lit Group picks after we meet, but We're not discussing Hotel Silence until tomorrow, right? Did I forget to go to a meeting? But it's true that four of our top 10 this week are upcoming book club picks. In addition to Hotel Silence, Improvement, and Friday Black, Descent was just picked as our January Mystery Group pick. They'll be discussing Descent at 6, and then the Tim Johnston will have a public event for his new novel, The Current. And yes, you can buy Hotel Silence today and finish it in time for tomorrow's meeting. It's not that long!

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Call Them by Their True Names, by Rebecca Solnit
2. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan
3. 100 Things Bucks Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, by Eric Nehm (Event Thu Dec 13, 7 pm, at Boswell)
4. Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari
5. The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein
6. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
7. Janesville, by Amy Goldstein
8. Countries of the World in Minutes, by Jacob F. Field
9. Independent Woman, by Simone de Beauvoir
10. From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City, by Carl Baehr (event Fri Dec 14, 2 pm, at Boswell)

Janesville has another publicity shot as GM closes several more plants around the country. Here's Goldstein talking about the new development in The Washington Post: "The workweek after Thanksgiving opened with a shudder as General Motors announced that it would stop production at four U.S. plants and one in Canada, dooming more than 14,000 jobs. As protesting workers walked out of their assembly plant into freezing rain east of Toronto, and as President Trump upbraided GM chief executive Mary Barra for killing jobs in Ohio, what struck me most was the eerie echo of another announcement by the same automaker a decade ago."

Books for Kids:
1. Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee, by Barbara Joosse and Renée Graef
2. Look Write See, by Milwaukee Art Museum Docents
3. Meltdown: Diary of a Wimpy Kid V13, by Jeff Kinney
4. Mother Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins
5. Tomorrow I'll Be Brave, by Jessica Hische
6. National Parks of the USA, by Kate Siber
7. Santa Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins
8. Jangles: A Fish Story, by David Shannon
9. Bruce's Big Move, by Ryan T. Higgins
10. Hotel Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins

It was all Bruce all the time this week as we had the bear extraordinaire visit three schools on Friday and three libraries on Saturday, in conjunction with the release of Santa Bruce. You'll definitely see another placement from Bruce next week. Kids and parents loved having their pictures taken with Bruce. And yes, each attendee got to have their book stamped by Bruce himself. We have some Bruce books with special Bruce signatures at Boswell. We'll have one more appearance at Boswell today, December 2, sometime between 4 and 5 pm.

Over at the Journal Sentinel, Jim Higgins rounds up recently published graphic novels and memoirs.

--Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home, by Nora Krug
--Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation, Adapted by Ari Folman, with illustrations by David Polonsky
--Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories, by Peter Kuper
--Rx: A Graphic Memoir, by Rachel Lindsay
--Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol, A Factual Fairytale, by Typex

Plus USA Today's Jennifer Coburn reviews Tony's Wife, the new novel from Adriana Trigiani:"Chi Chi’s lifeguarding skills are put to use only once in Adriana Trigiani’s historical novel “Tony’s Wife” (Harper), but the incident gives us a glimpse into the character of the twenty- something daughter of Italian immigrants. Her ability to save drowning men will serve Chi Chi well throughout her life with popular crooner and serial philanderer Tony Arma, stage name for Saverio Armandonada."

Jonathan Elderfeld reviews Let's Go (So We Can Get Back), the memoir from Jeff Tweedy, which has already had several weeks in Boswell's top 10. This review is from AP: "The book will appeal to diehard fans eager to learn about the inner working of the group and Tweedy’s relationships with bandmates past and present, in particular, the two Jays, as he refers to them (Jay Farrar, with whom Tweedy formed Uncle Tupelo, and Jay Bennett of Wilco), but it will also appeal to those interested in the artist’s inner life. "

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