Sunday, January 26, 2020

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending January 25, 2020

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending January 25, 2020

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Everywhere You Don't Belong, by Gabriel Bump (event March 17, 7 pm, at Boswell)
2. The Wild One V5, by Nick Petrie
3. The Princess Bridge (two hardcover editions), by William Goldman, illustrated by Michael Manomivibul
4. Agency, by William Gibson
5. The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
6. Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
7. Olive Again, by Elizabeth Strout
8. Exhalation, by Ted Chiang
9. The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern
10. The Long Petal of the Sea, by Isabel Allende

The official pub date for Everywhere You Don't Belong is February 4, but we checked on Edelweiss and there were already at least ten stores who had sold copies. Since it's not a hard on-sale, we figured we could start selling copies. In addition to our event with Bump, we're also bringing him to an area school. I am excited to note that I have the Indie Next Pick rec for the book, which is a February selection. You can read my rec by clicking on the title link.

One book that I expected to hit our list but did not was Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt. Here's a story from St. Louis Public Radio a local store's decision to cancel their event.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Whole30 Friends and Family, by Melissa Hartwig Urban
2. The Overground Railroad, by Candacy Taylor
3. Normal Sucks, by Jonathan Mooney
4. A Very Stable Genius, by Philip Rucker
5. The Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom
6. Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell
7. Milwaukee Rock and Roll, 1950-2000, by David Luhrssen, Phil Naylor, Bruce Cole
8. Climbing My Mountain, by Sheldon B Lubar
9. Say Nothing, by Patrick Radden Keefe
10. Educated, by Tara Westover

It's felt like the last several hundred political books haven't made the pop that they were aiming for, but A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America, seems to have generated the biggest demand in months. All our remaining copies are on hold and we have plenty more special orders for our next shipment. Maggie Haberman and Nick Corasaniti look at what led to this breakout (it's got a similar story to Fire and Fury with a a Michael Bloomberg twist) in The New York Times.

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
2. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
3. The Overstory, by Richard Powers
4. The Drifter V1, by Nick Petrie
5. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
6. Girl Woman Other, by Bernardine Evaristo
7. Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton
8. Little Women (four paperback editions targeted to adults), by Louisa May Alcott
9. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, by Abbi Waxman
10. Far From the Maddening Crowd, by Thomas Hardy (the next Literary Journeys selection)

Who would have guessed that we'd sell even more copies of Cary Elwes's As You Wish than the last time he was at the Riverside. This time we had the bright idea to bring copies of The Princess Bride too (we stocked all but the rack-size paperback). Wouldn't this crowd have the book already? But we sold out of everything (which does mean we have no signed copies leftover of Elwes)

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. As You Wish, by Cary Elwes
2. Setting the Table, by Danny Meyer
3. Teach Like a Champion 2.0, by Doug Lemov
4. Where the Angels Lived, by Margaret McMullan
5. Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson (two editions)
6. Whole30 Day by Day, by Melissa Hartwig (Urban)
7. God and Love on Route 80, by Stephen G Post
8. Why Religion, by Elaine Pagels
9. Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, by Yossi Klein Halevi
10. When Bad Lands, by Alan K Anderson

It's nice to have a paperback nonfiction pop for Why Religion?: A Personal Story, from Elaine Pagels, notably because quick take offs in this category are few and far between. Pagels generally writes of theological theory and history (we hosted her for one of her previous books, and I was lucky enough to drive her around) but this book is more personal, looking at the death of her son and husband in one short period. Among her fans is Madeleine Albright, who wrote "Pagels has done it again, but more personally. The scholar's tale of loving, grieving, enduring, and searching will grab readers at the outset and never let them go. A memorable story unforgettably told." More from Tom Gjelten on the NPR website. And Kirkus Reviews notes: "A richly satisfying, Poirot-like ending for Johnson's inspired and inspiring teen sleuth."

Books for Kids:
1. The Hand on the Wall V3 Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson
2. The House That Jane Built, by Tanya Lee Stone
3. Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?, by Tanya Lee Stone
4. Pass Go and Collect $200, by Tanya Lee Stone
5. Sandy's Circus, by Tanya Lee Stone
6. Jinxed, by Amy McCullough
7. Elizabeth Leads the Way, by Tanya Lee Stone
8. Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?, by Tanya Lee Stone
9. The Snowy Day board book, by Ezra Jack Keats
10. Here We Are, by Oliver Jeffers

Did we mention that Tanya Lee Stone visited an area school? In other news, it's great to see a lauded series for teens have such a great first-week pop. Maureen Johnson's Truly Devious series is capped by The Hand on the Wall, in which Stevie solves a big case at Ellingham Academy. Reviews and quotes are great, put Johnson's website and Kirkus Reivews, which often doesn't review subsequent titles in a series, praised "A richly satisfying, Poirot-like ending for Johnson’s inspired and inspiring teen sleuth."

Event round-up next!

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