Sunday, April 14, 2019

Boswell bestsellers, week ending April 13, 2019

Boswell bestsellers, week ending April 13, 2019

We've got a busy day the Milwaukee Anthology event at Boswell and we're also selling books at NO Studios for Kim Suhr and the ICC for Jessie Holland's DMEF luncheon. It should be fun day, what with the snow!

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
2. Tiamrat's Wrath V8 The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey
3. There There, by Tommy Orange
4., by Nathan Englander
5. Metropolis V14 Bernie Gunther, by Philip Kerr
6. Diary of a Dead Man on Leave, by Lauren Groff
7. Florida, by Lauren Groff
8. The Parisian, by Isabella Hammad
9. Kingdom of Copper V2 Daevabad Trilogy, By S.A. Chakraborty
10. Lost and Wanted, by Nell Freudenberger

I was having lunch at The Soup House with my friend John, who was enjoying "Tell me you still like it when you finish the book," I requested, and it turns out he still did. Tova Mirvis also did. Writing for The New York Times, calls Englander's latest a "tender, wry and entertaining novel" and creates "an endearing hero who stumbles through a world in which the holy and profane are intertwined."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Chief, by Joan Biskupic
2. First the Jews, by Evan Moffic
3. The Fall of Wisconsin, by Dan Kaufman
4. Educated, by Tara Westover
5. Weaving Modernism, by K.L.H. Wells
6. Treating OCD in Children in Adolescents, by Martin Franklin
7. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
8. Islamophobia and Psychiatry, edited by Steven H Moffic, John Peteet, Ahmed Zakaria Hankir, and Rania Awaad
9. The Elegant Defense, by Matt Richtel
10. An American Summer, by Alex Kotlowitz

Did I mention the story of how I came to read An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives? I was at a book conference in Albuquerque and couldn't find a good way to the airport. I wound up sharing a ride with someone at the hotel, who turned out to be the author. I've wound up recommending the book to a number of people and have a staff rec posted. Kirkus Reviews agreed in their starred review: "Richtel illuminates a complex subject so well that even physicians will learn."

Paperback Fiction:
1. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
2. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson
3. The Careless Seamstress, by Tjawangwa Dema
4. Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan
5. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng (event May 15 - tickets here)
6. Paris by the Book, by Liam Callanan
7. Killer Thriller V2, Ian Ludlow, by Lee Goldberg
8. Persuasion, by Jane Austen
9. The House of Broken Angels, by Luis Alberto Urrea (event Mon May 6, 7 pm)
10. Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje

It's the first week on our bestseller list for The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, but we don't expect it to be our last. We've had five great reads on this book. It's still a little early for trade reviews, but take it from Boswell bookseller Jane, who says "This well researched historical fiction is so compassionately drawn that every reader’s heart will be touched by the indomitable spirit that fires Cussy’s inner life."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. All Our Relations, by Winona LaDuke
2. Recovering the Sacred, by Winona LaDuke
3. The Winona LaDuke Chronicles, from Winona LaDuke
4. The Militarization of Indian Country, by Winona LaDuke
5. The Milwaukee Anthology, edited by Justin Kern (event today, 4/14, 3 pm)
6. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan
7. Barking to the Choir, by Gregory Boyle
8. Milwaukee County's Oak Leaf Trail, by Jill Rothenbueler Maher
9. The Big Book of Dog Tricks for the Best Dog Ever, by Larry Kay and Chris Perondi (event Wed 4/17, 7 pm)
10. White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

UWM had a very successful event with Winona LaDuke, and we wound up running out of many of her books. When you're one step reomoved from the event, you don't always know which book the author will focus on. The biggest hit at the program was her 2016 book from Haymarket, All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life

 Books for Kids:
1. The Size of the Truth, by Andrew Smith
2. The Story of Civil Rights Hero John Lewis, by Jim Haskins, illustrated by Aaron Boyd
3. How to Make Friends with the Dark, by Kathleen Glasgow
4. Guitar Genius, by Kim Tomsic
5. Girl in Pieces, by Kathleen Glasgow
6. Hello, by Liza Wiemer
7. Illegal, by Eoin Colfe, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano
8. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, by Jeff Kinney
9. The Happy Book, by Andy Rash
10. We Thought You Were a Platypus, by Nick Aster

Andrew Smith visited area schools for his middle grade novel, The Size of the Truth. Readers and educators probably know him better for his YA titles. His next novel, Exile from Eden, is back to his best-known age group. It's the sequel to the Printz-honor book Grasshopper Jungle and it's targeted to readers 14 and up. His current novel is a 11-year-old kid whose life has been shaped by being stuck in a well when he was 4. Booklist writes: "As he wades through these middle-school agonies, memories from his three days in the well - a blank until now - begin coming back. In a story threaded with humor and surreal touches, Sam faces some big truths about himself and his life that will give readers something to chew on between the laughs."

Emily Gray Tedrow's review (originally from USA Today) of Miriam Toews's Women Talking says her new book is riveting: "Toews takes as her inspiration the true case of the Bolivian 'ghost rapes,' perpetrated by the men of a remote Mennonite colony in the mid-2000s, who drugged and raped women and children and then blamed the attacks on Satan as punishment for their sins. After two men were caught in the act, they confessed and named several other community members who had perpetrated these atrocities for years." Toews's All My Puny Sorrows has been a fixture on my rec shelf for several years.

From the Journal Sentinel, Lisa See's latest is reviewed by Associated Press's John Rogers. His take: "Ten years ago, Lisa See was sitting in a doctor’s office leafing through magazines when she came across a brief article about a place she’d never known existed - the Island of Jeju - where the breadwinners were once a hearty band of women who eked out modest livings free-diving into the Pacific Ocean for seafood while husbands stayed home and raised children. It was a discovery that has led to The Island of Sea Women, one of the most compelling — and heartstrings-tugging — tales to spring from the mind of the best-selling author of The Tea Girl From Hummingbird Lane and nearly a dozen other novels."

Lincee Ray (also of Associated Press) critiques Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, the new book from journalist Ramin Setoodeh. The verdict?: "Ladies Who Punch is an exciting read that proves there’s always a little soap opera even if a show presents itself as hard news."

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