Monday, March 23, 2020

Boswell Bestsellers for the week ending March 21, 2020 - Every book linked for purchase

Life is not business as usual, but at least for now, we've been able to fill orders via delivery, shipping, and curbside pickup. We take each day as it comes and try to stay safe and healthy, limiting interaction, washing and disinfecting regularly. New restrictions likely tomorrow. We'll keep you posted. But if you were requesting curbside pickup, we suggest you pickup today.

Boswell Bestsellers for the week ending March 21, 2020

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel
2. Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
3. The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich
4. The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
5. In Five Years, by Rebecca Serle
6. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
7. My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell
8. Apeirogon, by Colum McCann
9. The Long Petal of the Sea, by Isabel Allende
10. American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins

Want to know more about each book? I've linked to our website page for each title. Even if we don't have a book in stock, we will likely be able to order it in or even directly send it to you from our warehouse.

It is almost like we had our event with Kiley Reid for Such a Fun Age. Originally scheduled for March 19, it obviously didn't happen. But sales more than tripled over last week, with my guess being that a lot of our customers who were waiting for the event to buy the book went out and got it through our website. Thank you!

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, by Erik Larson
2. Untamed, by Glennon Doyle
3. The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis, by Christina Figueres and Tom Rivett
4. The Yellow House, a memoir by Sarah M Broom
5. Salt, Fat, Acid: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, by Samin Nosrat
6. Reflections of My Nonexistence, a memoir by Rebecca Solnit
7. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know, by Malcolm Gladwell
8. Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover
9. How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X Kendi
10. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson

I have no idea why my linked titles are sometimes blue and sometimes purple.

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Overstory, by Richard Powers
2. Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
3. Us Against You, by Fredrik Backman
4. Normal People, by Sally Rooney
5. The Drifter, by Nick Petrie
6. Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
7. Resistance Women, by Jennifer Chiaverini
8. American Spy, by Lauren Wilkinson
9. Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
10. The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris

Interesting that we're seeing a larger increase on hardcover bestsellers then on paperback. I think it's because you just don't see as much promotion for paperback reprints.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Milwaukee Frozen Custard, by Bobby Tanzilo and Kathleen McCann
2. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, by Patrick Radden Keefe
3. Fading Ads of Milwaukee, by Adam Levin
4. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, by Erik Larson
5. Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
6. The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here, by Hope Jahren
7. In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, by Christina Sharpe
8. Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses, by Robert Tanzilo
9. Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life, by Anne Bogel
10. We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie

This week's sales include results from a signing at the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, where we supplied books for some of their authors. The museum displays the late Avrum Chudnow’s (1913-2005) extensive and eclectic collection of early 20th Century Americana.

Books for Kids
1. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi
2. A Friendship Yarn, by Lisa Moser, with illustrations by Olga Demidova
3. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, by Judy Blume
4. Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland
5. Dragon Hoops, by Gene Luen Yang
6. Paper Kingdom, by Helena Ku Rhee
7. The Blackbird Girls, by Anne Blankman
8. Prairie Lotus, by Linda Sue Park
9. The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, illustrated edition, by JK Rowling, with illustrations by Jim Kay

With all school visits cancelled through this semester, you're not likely to see the dominance of one to two authors. We've got some residual sale on Linda Sue Park and Lisa Moser. And we just got cute signed bookplates for Dragon Hoops! We will tuck one into any orders that come in.

That's last week. Who knows what this week will bring? We have also heard that while 3/24 and 3/31 and maybe even 4/7 releases will continue as normal, we may start to see postponements of titles coming out later in April and May.

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