Monday, March 4, 2019

The late-ish Boswell bestsellers for the week ending Tuesday, March 2, 2019

Just a little bit late - the Boswell bestsellers for the week ending March 2, 2019

Hardcover Fiction:
1. What We Were Promised, by Lucy Tan
2. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, by Marlon James
3. The Border V3: The Power of the Dog, by Don Winslow
4. The Overstory, by Richard Powers
5. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
6. Kingdom of the Blind V14, by Louise Penny
7. Circe, by Madeline Miller
8. A Gentleman in Moscw, by Amor Towles (buy tickets to April 3 event here)
9. The Immortalists hardcover, by Chloe Benjamin
10. Good Riddance, by Elinor Lipman (register for March 11 event here)

Don Winslow's The Border is the third in his Power of the Dog Trilogy, which began in 2005. Lloyd Sachs in the Chicago Tribune writes: "No fiction writer has been more dogged in exposing America's war on drugs as a farce, holding not only the cartels but also their bureaucratic enablers north of the border accountable for crimes ranging from the impoverishment of huge swaths of Mexico to the cold-blooded murder of journalists."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Educated, by Tara Westover
2. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
3. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, by Eric Idle
4. Say Nothing, by Patrick Radden Keefe
5. The Flavor Bible, by Karen Page
6. Five Ingredients, by Jamie Oliver
7. The Threat, by Andrew McCabe
8. The Source of Self Regard, by Toni Morrison
9. You Are a Badass Every Day, by Jen Sincero
10. Cook's Illustrated Meat Book, by America's Test Kitchen

The publisher says that New Yorker contributor Patrick Radden Keefe's Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland is a "stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions." On Fresh Air, Maureen Corrigan said of the book: "All the while I was reading Say Nothing, I kept thinking of Common Ground, J. Anthony Lukas' Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the Boston school desegregation battles of the 1970s. That's about the highest compliment I can pay to any work of reportorial non-fiction."

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin
2. Have You Met Nora?, by Nicole Blades
3. I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around, by Ann Garvin
4. Omari, by Frank Lewis
5. Thunder Beneath Us, by Nicole Blades
6. Paris by the Book, by Liam Callanan
7. On Maggie's Watch, by Ann Wertz Garvin
8. The Dog Year, by Ann Garvin
9. The Lost Girls of Paris, by Pam Jenoff
10. The Friend, by Sigrid Nunez

This year at the Women's Leadership Conference, our big sales were for two novelists - Ann Garvin, whose most recent book is I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around, and Have You Met Nora, from Nicole Blades. Sonali Dev, a novelist whose forthcoming novel is Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors (out March 7) wrote about Blades's novel in Booktrib: "I can’t remember the last time a novel swept me up into a life and a world so very different from my own while also making me question so very much about myself. But Nicole Blades‘ Have You Met Nora? is just that book."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Rise Up, by Chris Jones
2. Raising White Kids, by Jennifer Harvey
3. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
4. Permission to Thrive, by Susan Angel Miller
5. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan
6. Just Kids, by Patti Smith
7. Dear White Christians, by Jennifer Harvey
8. Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook, by Kristine Hansen (event Fri Mar 8, 7 pm, at Boswell)
9. Kid Gloves, by Lucy Knisley
10. White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

Every Monday we do an event blog that highlights our programming from that day to eight days out. We post a link on Facebook that we then usually boost. Well last week our boost was rejected for political reasons. So strange - our programming consisted of novelists Lucy Tan and Chloe Benjamin, a bonus shout-out to Nickolas Butler, and Christopher Jones's theater history. We appealed and were told if we were going to do political posts, we had jump through some extra steps. Well, you know what happened - Facebook's robot gatekeepers decided a book called Rise Up was something other than it actually was. Even directions have politics. We have some signed copies of Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from Angels in America to Hamilton available.

Books for Kids:
1. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin
2. Miles Morales: Spider Man, by Jason Reynolds
3. The Babysitter from Another Planet, by Stephen Savage
4. Crunchy Not Sweet, by Amy Ward
5. Supertruck, by Stephen Savage
6. Little Tug, by Stephen Savage
7. Brawl of the Wild V6, by Dav Pilkey
8. On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas
9. Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee, by Barbara Joosse and Renee Graef
10. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls V1, by Elena Favilli

Crunchy Not Sweet is a new picture book from Amy Ward, published by Milwaukee-based Kwil Publishing. From the publisher: "What does an adventurous, red-eyed tree frog do when he suddenly finds his diet of squishy, mushy worms BORING? He sets off exploring Not afraid to try new foods, Little Tree Dude tastes a banana (too mushy ), a berry (too sweet ), and even a nut (no way to crack it). What will this famished frog find to eat? "Zipping and flipping a dark spot zooms by..." What is it? Something crunchy, not sweet, and the perfect frog treat."

Over at the Journal Sentinel, Jim Higgins talks to Nickolas Butler about his third novel, Little Faith, of which Higgins notes: "Eau Claire novelist Butler blends a sweet situation - a grandfather’s love for his grandson - with a divisive religious conflict that could have life-altering consequences for that child." Butler observes that all his novels are about friendship.

From Anika Reed at USA Today: Some stories of shattered life are told from the view of the rock, delving into the force that cracked the plane. Others reveal that the proverbial rock was just the final breaking point of a long-splintered piece of glass. Anissa Gray’s debut novel, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, examines those cracks in the familial glass, giving readers a gripping and sharp story about what it takes to hold a family together when everything is falling apart."

Also from USA Today, this time from Erin Jensen: "In her latest book, psychologist Lisa Damour examines a weight plaguing some girls and young women. Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls looks at forces that cause affliction, such as relationships with other girls, school and the culture." One tidbit: "There are also a range of stressors that girls uniquely face, and that’s really what I unpack chapter by chapter in the book."

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