Sunday, March 21, 2021

Boswell bestsellers, for the week ending March 20, 2021

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending March 20, 2021

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro 
2. Leonard and Hungry Paul, by Rónán Hession
3. Send for Me, by Lauren Fox
4. Brood, by Jackie Polzin
5. The Committed, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
6. Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell 
7. The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah
8. Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman
9. The Breaker, by Nick Petrie 
10. Win, by Harlan Cobin

Harlan Cobin is best known for his stand-alones, but Win is a spin on his Myron Bolitar series, which he actually started writing before his breakout. This book features Bolitar's sideick.

We should have Jane Hamilton's conversation with Jackie Polzin for Brood up soon. A bookplate may still be available, but based on our sales, we might already be out of them - definitely ask if you want on. Alas, we generally don't post videos of our ticketed events so Ishiguro won't live in our archive, but the conversation for Klara and the Sun was pretty great. I love the way he talks about making his books memorable after you read them.

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Sum of Us, by Heather McGhee
2. Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson
3. Three Ordinary Girls, by Tim Brady (Register for March 24 event)
4. Me and White Supremacy, by Layla F Saad
5. The Code Breaker, by Walter Isaacson
6. Chatter, by Ethan Kross
7. Set Boundaries, Find Peace, by Nedra Glover Tawwab
8. The Soul of a Woman, by Isabel Allende
9. What It's Like to Be a Bird, by David Allen Sibley
10. Breaking Hate, by Christian Picciolini

It's a nice first week for Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself, by therapist Nedra Glover Tawwab. I'm still trying to figure out why we had the interest, as nothing's coming up on the internet news feed. There is this nice piece in the UK Good Housekeeping from Megan Sutton, but it's hard for me to believe that this article would have much pull!

Paperback Fiction:
1. Lakewood, by Megan Giddings 
2. The Girl with the Louding Voice, by Abi Daré 
3. The Confessions of Frannie Langton, by Sara Collins
4. What the Chickadee Knows, by Margaret Noodin (more on Tim Boswellians blog)
5. The Overstory, by Richard Powers
6. Oona Out of Order, by Margarita Montimore
7. The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
8. The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
9. The Glass Hotel, by Emily St John Mandel
10. Later, by Stephen King

So excited to see my book club paperback push for Lakewood having an effect. Love this LitHub piece about Giddings an the rise of Black horror fiction and love even more that Lakewood is a finalist for a Los Angeles Times book prize. Also would like to give a shout out to Peter Cameron, who is a finalist for What Happens at Night. 

Paperback Nonfiction
1. Bitcoin for Dummies, by Prypto
2. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond
3. Women Don't Ask, by Linda Babcock
4. The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes, by Sam Sifton
5. When the White Pine Was King, by Jerry Apps
6. Pleasure Activism, by Adrienne Maree Brown
7. Clementine, by Sonia Purnell
8. Thinking Inside the Box, by Adrienne Raphel 
9. Wordslut, by Amanda Montell
10. Front Row at the Trump Show, by Jonathan Karl

Out this week is The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes from Sam Sifton, based on the website and mobile app feature. From the Publishers Weekly review: "The dishes are geared toward those with at least some familiarity with cooking (readers are told, for instance, to produce a pot of rice "as you always do" for a dried fruit and almond pilaf), and capable home cooks will appreciate how no-recipe recipes allow them to make flexible, tasty dishes without getting bogged down in details or overbearing instructions. Innovative, fun, and freeing, this outstanding offering will reenergize the creative spirits of novice and experienced home cooks alike."

Books for Kids:
1. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thoams
2. The Night Diary, by Veera Hiranandani
3. The Bat and the End of Everything V3, by Elana K Arnold
4. Starfish, by Lisa Fipps
5. The Bat and the Waiting Game V2, by Elana K Arnold
6. Max and the Midknights V1, by Lincoln Peirce
7. One Thing You'd Save, by Linda Sue Park
8. Battle of the Bodkins V2, by Lincoln Peirce
9. The Assignment, by Liza Wiemer
10. American Bettiya, by Anuradha J Rajurkar
11. The Firekeeper's Daughter, by Angeline Boulley
12. Amina's Song V2, by Hena Khan (Watch this event today, March 21, 3 pm CDT)

Our school event for Lisa Fipps and Starfish are just a taste of our April educator night, also featuring Joy McCullough, Tanya Guerrero, and Sarah Allen. Register here for this April 7 event. From the starred Booklist for Starfish: "Fipps hands her young narrator several difficult life lessons, including how to self-advocate, how not to internalization of the words of others, and what it means to defend yourself. Ellie's story will delight readers who long to see an impassioned young woman seize an unapologetic victory."

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