Sunday, November 24, 2019

Here's what's selling at Boswell for the week ending November 23, 2019

Here's what's selling at Boswell for the week ending November 23, 2019

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Confession Club, by Elizabeth Berg
2. False Flag in Autumn, by Michael Bowen
3. Agent Running in the Field, by John Le Carre
4. The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
5. The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern
6. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
7. Nothing to See Here, by Kevin Wilson
8. The Guardians, by John Grisham
9. Night Fires, by Michael Connelly
10. Blue Moon, by Lee Child

We do love hooking up authors and nonprofits. Elizabeth Berg was the guest speaker at the Fall Ozaukee Family Services Luncheon and what a nice event it was. The Confession Club has gotten some very nice reviews too. Here's Melissa Norstedt in Booklist: "Berg is a natural storyteller, and here she creates a genuine group of women, old friends and new, for readers to cozy up to. Even minor characters come to life with sincerity and charm. The Confession Club shows that family doesn’t have to be defined in the traditional sense, home isn’t always where we expect it to be, and the love of friends is all we really need." Signed copies available.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Felidia, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
2. Music to My Years, by Cristela Alonzo
3. I'm Still Here, by Austin Channing Brown
4. The Body, by Bill Bryson
5. The Witches Are Coming, by Lindy West
6. Finding Chika, by Mitch Albom
7. A Warning, by Anonymous
8. The Lines Between Us, by Lawrence Lanahan
9. Dumpty, by John Lithgow
10. Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell

In conjunction with the release of Music to My Years, Cristela Alonzo appeared at the Underground Collaborative, which is where I think the International Clown Hall of Fame used to be in what used to be the Grand Avenue. Alonzo, who you might still remember from her one-season ABC sitcom, is a comdian whose memoir about growing up in South Texas, is structured like a mix tape. Is there a Golden Girls chapter? There is, sort of. Can you watch her on CBS This Morning? You can. Do we have signed copies? We do.

Paperback Fiction:
1. A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams
2. Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare (Folio edition)
3. The Overstory, by Richard Powers
4. Girl Woman Other, by Bernardine Evaristo
5. Far from the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy
6. It, by Stephen King
7. The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn
8. Ohio, by Stephen Markley
9. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson
10. Milwaukee Noir, edited by Tim Hennessy

Gone were the days when both John Williams and Meco can have hits with the Theme from Star Wars - you'll have to excuse me, because I'm obsessively reading Tom Breihan's Number Ones column in Stereogum and he often notes that many singers would have hits with the same song. But two Booker Prize winners, two Nobel Prize for Literature winners, two books about WPA Pack Libraries don't seem to lift both boats.  We're still selling lots of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, but haven't really taken off with Jojo Moyes's The Giver of Stars.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety, by John Duffy
2. Classic Krakauer, by Jon Krakauer
3. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, by Greta Thunberg
4. 111 Places in Milwaukee You Must Not Miss, by Michelle Madden
5. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, by Christopher De Hamel
6. Making Comics, by Lynda Barry
7. Milwaukee Jazz, by Joey Grihalva
8. Big Fella, by Jane Leavy
9. Flame, by Leonard Cohen
10. AOC, by Prachi Gupta

I don't usually see a fall sales pop for baseball books, but The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created made our top ten and it wasn't a bulk order either. In addition to being a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, it was named a top book of the year by Boston Globe, Newsweek, and Kirkus, which wrote: "Does the world need another biography of Babe Ruth (1895-1948)? If it’s this one, then the answer is an emphatic yes. The ever excellent Leavy brings her considerable depth of knowledge of sports history."

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Queen of Nothing V3, by Holly Black
2. I Am Alfonso Jones, by Tony Medina
3. Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
4. Finding Treasures, by Michelle Schaub, with illustrations by Carmen Saldana
5. Fresh Picked Poetry, by Michelle Schaub, with illustrations by Amy Huntington
6. Modern Faerie Tales, by Holly Black (paperback)
7. Modern Faerie Tales, by Holly Black (hardcover)
8. The Cruel Prince V1, by Holly Black (hardcover)
9. The Wicked King V2, by Holly Black
10. Heart of the Moors, by Holly Black

Holly Black was here. We have signed copies of The Queen of Nothing.

Over at the Journal Sentinel book page, it's Jim Higgins's Holiday Gift Guide.

Anne Levin at the Associated Press reviews Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir. Ann's opinion: "Bair’s indefatigable energy and cando attitude are likely to inspire a new generation of writers and biographers working in a field where the boundaries between genres – memoir, fiction, autobiography, biography – aren’t as clear as they once were."

Fellow AP reviewer Jeff Rowe takes on Our Wild Calling, the new nonfiction book from Richard Louv. Rowe writes: "The reader begins to think that many of the world’s problems could be solved if we would just connect better with animals. More important, Louv calls for a revolution in thinking about our place on this planet."

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