Sunday, March 24, 2019

Boswell bestsellers, week ending March 23, 2019

Boswell bestsellers, week ending March 23, 2019

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Made-Up Man, by Joseph Scapellato
2. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
3. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, by Marlon James
4. Circe, by Madeline Miller
5. Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
6. Gingerbread, by Helen Oyeyemi
7. Parade, by Dave Eggers
8. Run Away, by Harlan Coben
9. The Overstory, by Richard Powers
10. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

Despite the paperback coming out this Tuesday, March 26, and despite ticket attendees getting a copy of the book, A Gentleman in Moscow hangs out still in our top 10 for this past week. We should note that there's a low ticket alert for this event. Don't wait another minute - purchase yours now.

Boswellian Jen Steele offers this recommendation of Gingerbread: "Helen Oyememi's latest novel is lyrical and wonderfully strange! Gingerbread is a delectable novel of family lore, talking dolls, and a curious land that you cannot find on any map. Follow the Lee Family as they navigate their way through friendships, secrets, and years of animosity with many tins of gingerbread along the way."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Food of the Italian South, by Katie Parla
2. Eat to Beat Disease, by William W Li
3. Energy Codes, by Sue Morter
4. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
5. Enough to Go Around, by Chip Duncan
6. Educated, by Tara Westover
7. Funny Man, by Patrick McGilligan (event Mon 3/25, 7 pm, at Boswell)
8. The Making of Milwaukee 4E, by John Gurda
9. Tasting Rome, by Katie Parla
10. Spearhead, by Adam Makos

Boy, Katie Parla did quite a tour for Food of the Italian South. I'm trying to find reviews, but all searches lead to information about her appearances and to preorder signed copies of the book. She did get a starred Publishers Weekly: "Food writer Parla’s knowledge and voice shine in this outstanding meditation on the food of South Italy from the Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria regions. The recipes are the kind of waste-not-want-not dishes the once impoverished area is known for: a soup of chickpeas and dandelions, once considered weeds, from Calabria, and bread-stuffed peppers from Camania." We still have a few signed copies.

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Woman in the Window, by AJ Finn
2. The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
3. The Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
4. The House of Broken Angels, by Luis Alberto Urrea (event at Boswell Mon 5/6, 7 pm)
5. An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
6. The Samurai's Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama
7. The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
8. Things We Cannot Say, by Kelly Rimmer
9. Pestiferous Questions, by Margaret Rozga
10. Half a Reason to Die, by Chip Duncan

A light paperback sales week leads to some surprising inclusions, but topping all is AJ Finn's The Woman in the Window, which is also #1 nationally. So if the bad publicity on Finn affected publicity on the book, it was not noticeable. We'll see how the the second novel does. We should also note that before A Gentleman in Moscow, there was The Samurai's Garden, one of Boswellian Jane's all-time favorite books. Can you believe its 24 years old?

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Damn the Old Tinderbox, by Matthew J Prigge
2. Inspiring Change, by Chip Duncan
3. The Alliance Way, by Tina Owen-Moore
4. White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
5. All Our Relations, by Winona LaDuke
6. Recovering the Sacred, by Winona LaDuke
7. Militarization of Indian Country, by Winona LaDuke (LaDuke is coming to UWM on April 11, 6 pm. Details here)
8. The Big Book of Dog Tricks for the Best Dog Ever, by Chris Perondi and Larry Kay (event at Boswell, Wed April 17, 7 pm)
9. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond
10. The Cooking Gene, by Michael W Twitty

The Alliance Way, being textbook priced from Harvard Education Press, is not something we'd normally be able to stock without an event, but we have a few signed copies leftover from our event last week. Owen-Moore's new book is on bullying, and is drawn from her experience running Alliance School, an MPS charter school that "serves the needs of students in grades 9–12 who are hindered in the traditional high school environment due to harassment, intimidation, physical and/or emotional abuse, both LGBTQ and others," per Wikipedia.

Books for Kids:
1. The Friendship War, by Andrew Clements
2. Marley Dias Gets It Done and So Can You, by Marley Dias
3. Warrior of the Wild, by Tricia Levenseller
4. Two Karen Tales, written in Karen and English, by Lah Say
5. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
6. To Kill a Kingdom, by Alexandra Christo
7. The Skin I'm In, by Sharon Flake
8. On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas
9. Under the Mesquite, by Guadlupe Garcia McCall
10. The Circle, by Mac Barnett, with illustrations by Jon Klassen

Read more about Marley Dias Gets Things Done and So Can You at the Girls Summit in the Journal Sentinel article. Dias started the 1000 Black Girl Books campaign, collecting books with Black girls as protagonists, and has since put together a collection of 12,000 books.

Lots of school orders this week - I left off the bilingual dictionaries from this list - which gives space to a trade tile with a nice pop in sales this week, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen's The Circle. The follow-up to Triangle and Square and the final entry in the shapes trilogy, the collaborators behind Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (which I still always want to note they launched at Boswell), have created a hide-and-seek-saga for the ages.

Over at the Journal Sentinel, it's that time of year, Chris Foran's baseball book roundup. This year he's got eight picks.
--Special Brew: An Inside Look at the 2018 Milwaukee Brewers, by Tom Haudricourt
--K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, by Tyler Kepner
--Great American Baseball Stories, edited by Jeff Silverman
--A Fine Team Man: Jackie Robinson and the Lives He Touched, by Joe Cox
--Chumps to Champs: How the Worst Teams in Yankees History Led to the '90s Dynasty, Bill Pennington
--Ballpark: Baseball in the American City, by Paul Goldberger
--Let's Play Two: The Life and Times of Ernie Banks, by Doug Wilson
--Now Taking the Field: Baseball’s All-Time Dream Teams for All 30 Franchises, by Tom Stone

Oline H Cogdill of Associated Press reviews Christi Daugherty's latest, A Beautiful Corpse: "As she did in The Echo Killing, Daugherty continues to delve deep into the persona of (Savannah journalist) Harper, who became a reporter because of her interest in crime, spurred by her mother’s murder when she was 12. She now uses her reporting skills to look into her mother’s still unsolved death."

From USA Today comes Heather Scott Parlington's review of Survival Math, from Mitchell S Jackson: "Through the inclusion of many voices from his life, Jackson recounts growing up black in predominantly white Portland, Oregon ('this ain’t our Eden, and won’t be, for that was never their intent.'), his family’s history of drug sales and addiction and its entanglement in the sex trade. It’s an expansive chronicle as much as his own personal story."

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