Sunday, June 27, 2021

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending June 26, 2021

Here's what's selling at Boswell

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
2. Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro
3. The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
4. Filthy Animals, by Brandon Taylor
5. The Other Black Girl, by Zakiya Dalila Harris
6. The Five Wounds, by Kirstin Valdez Quade
7. The Paris Library, by Janet Skeslien Charles
8. That Summer, by Jennifer Weiner
9. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
10. Great Circle, by Maggie Shipstead

It's not unsual for a collection of stories to follow a high-profile first novel, but what is unusual is for the stories to have such great reviews and a sales pop that most novelists would covet. Brandon Taylor's Filthy Animals follows his Booker-Prize finalist Real Life. From John Paul (Hola Papi) Brammer's review in The New York Times Book Review: "Roughly half the book follows Lionel, a damaged grad student; Charles, a muscled dancer; and Sophie, Charles’s headstrong girlfriend — and the dynamics of their entanglement after meeting at the aforementioned potluck, in Madison, Wis. The other half tells unlinked stories that range from stellar to pretty good (I’m not sure Taylor is capable of 'bad' writing)."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Exit Rich, By Michelle Seller-Tucker
2. Shape, by Jordan Ellenberg
3. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
4. Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson
5. How the Word Is Passed, by Clint Smith
6. In the Heights, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter
7. Dessert Person, by Claire Saffitz
8. Noise, by Daniel Kahneman
9. Premonition, by Michael Lewis
10. Frank Lloyd Wright's Forgotten House, by Nicholas Hayes  

In the Heights: Finding Home is the tie-in to the recently released major musical, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter. Many bookstores were involved in a virtual book launch, which is probably still viewable. Miranda is one the new partners in the Drama Bookshop in New York, and he and Thomas Kail worked on In the Heights in the basement of its former location. Michael Paulson wrote about it for The New York Times - I can't wait to see the amazing bookworm that weaves through the store. Jonathan Mandell notes in New York Theater that the book is more attached to the stage musical than it is to the movie.

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Social Graces, by Renée Rosen
2. Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell
3. Leonard and Hungry Paul, by Rónán Hession
4. What the Chicakdee Knows, by Margaret Noodin (Register for June 29 event here)
5. The Second Home, by Christina Clancy (Register for July 8 event here)
6. The People We Meet on Vacation, by Emily Henry
7. Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
8. One Last Stop, by Casey McQuiston
9. The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
10. To Have and to Hoax, by Martha Waters

To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters was published in 2020.Boswell has a rec from Rachel for #2 in the series, To Love and to Loathe: "If you read romance for the banter, this one is for you - Waters knows the genre well, and she has aptitude for both winking at tropes and using them sincerely. I can't wait to read the next in the series." Like all genre series, no matter how much you love #2, most folks listening to your recs are going to go back and start with #1.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Wildflowers of Wisconsin Field Guide, by Stan Tekiela
2. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
3. Gilded Suffragists, by Johanna Neuman
4. And Yet They Persisted, by Johanna Neuman
5. Classic Restaurants of Milwaukee, by Jennifer Billock
6. Undocumented Americans, by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
7. Healing the Human Body with God's Remedies, by Lester Carter
8. Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin, by Chuck Hagner
9. Wisconsin Atlas and Gazetteer, from Delorme
10. Best Lake Hikes Wisconsin, by Steve Johnson

The new edition of Wildflowers of Wisconsin Field Guide tops this top ten, of which fully half the titles are nonfiction about Milwaukee or Wisconsin. Per the publisher, this new edition includes updated photographs, expanded information, and even more of Stan's expert insights.

Books for Kids:
1. Firekeeper's Daughter, by Angeline Boulley (Register for June 29 event here)
2. Waiting for Wings, by Lois Ehlert
3. Red Leaf Yellow Leaf, by Lois Ehlert
4. The Assignment, by Liza Wieimer
5. Color Farm, by Lois Ehler
6. Fish Eyes, by Lois Ehlert
7. Blackout, by Dhonielle Clayton
8. The Bench, by Meghan the Duchess of Sussex/Christian Robinson
9. Milo Imagines the World, by Matt de la Peña/Christian Robinson
10. Peace Train, Cat Stevens/Peter H Reynolds

Lois Ehlert has four books on this week's list and Christian Robinson has two, not leaving much room for other illustrators. The Bench, by Meghan (Markle) The Duchess of Sussex is one of the two illustrated by Robinson and certainly got the lion's share of enthusiasm in Sarah Lyall's New York Times review.

Over at the Journal Sentinel, Jim Higgins highlights A Smart Girl's Guide: Race and Inclusion, which he notes is "a clearly written, positive set of suggestions for girls 10 and older about breaking through bubbles of implicit bias and becoming anti-racist. Written by local diversity, equity and inclusion trainer and speaker Deanna Singh, with illustrations by Shellene Rodney, it follows the 'Smart Girl's Guide' template of short text blocks, quizzes and infographic definitions. Rodney's illustrations depict girls of many colors and apparent ethnic identities, as well as some girls who use wheelchairs and arm braces."

The book goes on sale June 28. Hoping to see the publisher work with ABA so that our website has a link.

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