Sunday, September 22, 2019

Boswell Bestsellers for the week ending September 21, 2019

Boswell Bestsellers, week ending September 21, 2019

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson (ticket link for September 23 event here)
2. Land of Wolves V15, by Craig Johnson (ticket link for October 7 event here)
3. The Sisters of Summit Avenue, by Lynn Cullen
4. Add This to the List of Things That You Are, by Chris Fink
5. The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood
6. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
7. The Institute, by Stephen King
8. A Better Man V15, by Louise Penny
9. The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
10. The Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli

Another good week for Stephen King's The Institute. Laura Miller in The New York Times, on the human-sized villains in the story: "We can see something of ourselves in these characters, and recognize in them our own capacity for evil. King’s latest novel, The Institute, belongs to this second category (editor's note - of non-supernatural bad ugys), and is as consummately honed and enthralling as the very best of his work."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Ron Wolf and the Green Bay Packers, by Michael Bauman
2. A Terrible Thing to Waste, by Harriet A Washington
3. We've Been Here All Along, by R Richard Wagner
4. Policing the Open Road, by Sarah A Seo
5. Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell
6. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, by Samin Nosrat (General tickets to Nosrat at UWM on October 22 on sale in about a week)
7. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
8. The Education of an Idealist, by Samantha Power
9. The Years That Matter Most, by Paul Tough (Register for October 15 event at USM here)
10. How to Be a Family, by Dan Kois (Event at Boswell Saturday, October 5, 7 pm)

Dan Kois talks to Brittany Galla at Parade Magazine about what led to How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together: "We wanted to change our lives! My wife and I felt our time with our kids slipping by in a blur of overwork and arguments about screens and we wanted to have an adventure with them instead. So we went for it: four countries in one year, with a goal of learning how they do it outside our east-coast suburban bubble." One lesson - make sure that the bilingual school you're planning to send your kids to is actually bilingual.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Milwaukee Noir, edited by Tim Hennessy
2. The Overstory, by Richard Powers (In-Store Lit Group selection, Mon Nov 14, 7 pm)
3. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson
4. My Struggle V6, Karl Ove Knausgaard
5. The Witch Elm, by Tana French
6. Ducks, Newburyport, by Lucy Ellmann
7. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
8. Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
9. Conversations with Friends, by Sally Rooney
10. The Winter Soldier, by Daniel Mason

Out this week in paperback is one of our big hardcover picks of 2018, The Winter Soldier*. I'm honestly so unused to major paperback releases in the fall that I'm kind of not prepared, but we might do a revamp of our book club table, being that I am doing a number of talks this fall. Barbara Lane in Datebook ponders what is really on people's night tables, when she confesses there are a lot of books she hasn't read. But The Winter Solider is one of them she did, and liked. Referring to Mason along with The Overstory, Exit West and a few others, she writes, "I'm grateful to come across a book that gives me some new perspective on the human condition, thereby, if ever so subtly, making me a better person."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Medical Apartheid, by Harriet A Washington
2. Lives Lived and Lost, by Kaja Finkler
3. Beating Guns, by Shane Claiborne
4. Deadly Monopolies, by Harriet A Washington
5. Infectious Madness, by Harriet A Washington
6. Good Neighbor, by Maxwell King
7. Calypso, by David Sedaris
8. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
9. 100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before You Die, by Jenna Kashou
10. To Obama, by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Pretty recently released in paperback is To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope, the story of how President Obama, for eight years, picked ten letters sent to him that he would personally reply to every night. From The Guardian: " A moving and inevitably nostalgic or even elegiac read, redolent of the human grace and statesmanship of the Obama presidency." From Pete Souza: "I cried several times." Jeanne Marie Laskas is the founding director of the Center for Creativity at the University of Pittsburgh.

Books for Kids:
1. Impostors V1, by Scott Westerfeld
2. Lawrence in the Fall, by Matthew Farina, with illustrations by Doug Salati
3. Shatter City V2, by Scott Westerfeld
4. Guts, by Raina Telgemeier
5. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls V7, by Dav Pilkey
6. Impostors V1 (hardcover), by Scott Westerfeld
7. American Royals, by Katharine McGee
8. Planting Stories, by Danise Anika Aldamuy
9. Gittel's Journey, by Leslea Abrams
10. Hello Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly (Register for September 25 at Greenfield Library here)

What do you know? A new YA novel makes our list. Out early September was American Royals, by Katherine McGee. Really good Kirkus review here: "Grab a cup of mead and gather round for a story of kings, queens, princes, princesses, lords, and ladies: the modern ruling families of America. With the ease of a curtsy, McGee has established a monarchy made up of the direct descendants of George Washington...An entertaining royal family modeled after the residents of Buckingham Palace."

Over at the Journal Sentinel...

Ann Levin of Associated Press reviews Red at the Bone: "Jacqueline Woodson begins her dazzling new novel, Red at the Bone, with an afterthought, in the middle of things, and breaking all the rules of grammar by starting with a “but”: “But that afternoon there was an orchestra playing.” With that sentence, readers are thrust into the midst of a coming- of-age ceremony for a 16 year-old girl named Melody in her grandparents’ beautiful old brownstone in Brooklyn, New York." Ticket link here.

Barbara VandenBurgh of The Arizona Republic tells readers not to worry - The Testaments is a worthy sequel to The Handmaid's Tale: "Feel free to throw caution to the wind: The Testaments is worthy of the literary classic it continues. That’s thanks in part to Atwood’s capacity to surprise, even writing in a universe we think we know so well. And she starts by making us root for dastardly Aunt Lydia."

Matt McCarthy of USA Today on the latest book from investigative reporter Ben Westhoff: "The story begins with a road trip. Two teenage addicts, Bailey Henke and Kain Schwandt, are driving west across the snow-covered plains of North Dakota on a desperate quest to get sober. They’re hooked on the deadliest drug in America, fentanyl, and as we discover in Ben Westhoff’s timely and agonizing new book, Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic, sobriety would prove elusive. Henke’s relapse and subsequent overdose would trigger one of the largest drug busts in history."

*Sorry, Back Bay. The hardcover jacket of The Winter Solider was better. Oh well.

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