Sunday, March 6, 2022

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending March 5, 2022

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending March 5, 2022

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Groundskeeping, by Lee Cole
2. The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles
3. Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr
4. The Paris Apartment, by Lucy Foley
5. Black Cake, by Charmaine Wilkerson
6. Violeta, by Isabel Allende
7. Recitatif, by Toni Morrison
8. Moon Witch, Spider King, by Marlon James
9. Pure Colour, by Sheila Heti
10. The Books of Jacob, by Olga Tokarczuk

Not every celebrity book club book takes off, but it certainly helps us when everything comes together. Groundskeeping is the Read with Jenna pick, but it also has great blurbs (Ann Patchett, for one), an Indie Next Pick, and great reviews. From Hamilton Cain in The New York Times Book Review: "If economic class is the third rail of American life, then Cole eases his hand out, gently, to touch it, his realism a meld of Richard Russo and Anne Tyler by way of Sally Rooney."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Insect Crisis, by Oliver Milman (Register for March 16 event here)
2. The Midwest Survival Guide, by Charlie Berens 
3. The 1619 Project, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times
4. Atlas of the Heart, by Brené Brown
5. Off the Edge, by Kelly Weill (Register for March 15 event here)
6. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
7. The Nineties, by Chuck Klosterman
8. Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama, by Bob Odenkirk
9. The Best We Could Do, Thi Bui
10. The Beauty of Dusk, by Frank Brune

From the publisher, on Bob Odenkirk's Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama "In this hilarious, heartfelt memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his cult status as a comedy writer, and what it’s like to reinvent himself as an action film ass-kicker at fifty." From Lisa Henry at Library Journal: "Odenkirk's account of triumph, struggle, and his firm belief that comedy is a unifying source of connection will inspire his fans and motivate aspiring entertainers."

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
2. Shady Hollow, by Juneau Black
3. By Any Other Name, by Lauren Kate
4. That Old Country Music, by Kevin Barry (watch our virtual event video here)
5. Hook Line and Sinker, by Tessa Bailey
6. Black Buck, by Mateo Askaripour
7. Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro
8. Standing Up, by Ellen Bravo and Larry Miller (Register for March 18 event here)
9. Committed, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
10. The Lost Apothecary, by Sarah Penner

Black Buck, by Mateo Askaripour has been out in paperback since January, but it's the first week in our top 10. It was a Read with Jenna pick in hardcover, with this praise from Colson Whitehead: “Askaripour closes the deal on the first page of this mesmerizing novel, executing a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy.” From Ron Charles in The Washington Post: "This young debut author apparently polished his patter as director of sales at a tech start-up. Now he’s bounced off that success to produce an irresistible comic novel about the tenacity of racism in corporate America. Black Buck, which marks the launch of an effervescent new career, is alternately sly and sweet, a work of cultural criticism that laments and celebrates the power of money."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. The Splendid and the Vile, by Erik Larson
2. Educated, by Tara Westover
3. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
4. The Copenhagen Trilogy, by Tove Ditlevsen
5. Wax Pack, by Brad Balukjian
6. Defund Fear, by Zach Norris
7. Atlas of Extinct Countries, by Gideon Defoe
8. The Hidden World of the Fox, by Adele Brand
9. Germany, by Helmut Walser Smith
10. Frederick Douglass, by David W Blight

There are two foxes headlining this week's bestseller list. First there's Vera Vixen, ace reporter and featured player in Shady Hollow - Cold Clay came out this week, but hasn't yet hit our bestseller list. Next week for sure! And then there's Adele Brand's The Hidden World of the Fox, now in paperback. From Martin Hemmings in The Sunday Times (UK): "Brand, a professional ecologist, loves foxes. That’s foxes, the out-of-control urban menace that, when not having noisy sex, spread disease, murder cats and attack babies. Except, argues Brand, they do not. She has written a lovely little book in the animal’s defence (defense). Quietly lyrical, often funny and gently persuasive, The Hidden World of the Fox is the ideal ironic stocking-filler for the sleep-deprived anti-vulpinist in your life"

Books for Kids:
1. The Magic in Changing Your Stars, by Leah Henderson
2. I Love You as Big as Wisconsin, by Rose Rossner, illustrations by Joanne Partiss
3. Operation Do Over, by Gordon Korman
4. Max and the Midknights: The Tower of Time, by Lincoln C Peirce
5. Unplugged, by Gordon Korman
6. Watercress, by Andrea Wang, illustrations by Jason Chin
7. From an Idea to Disney, by Lowey Bundy Sichol
8. Everything Comes Next, by Naomi Shihab Nye
9. Idea Makers, by Lowey Bundy Sichol
10. When Stars Are Scattered, by Victoria Jamieson

If Watercress keeps winning awards, there will no room for the jacket illustration on the cover of the book. It won the Caldecott medal for Jason Chin's artwork and a Newberry honor for Andrea Wang's story. Wang talked to Amanda Balaban on NPR Weekend Edition: "'My parents were trying to protect me, by not telling me those stories of the hardships they went through,' Wang says. 'And I think in some part they were trying to protect themselves, because they didn't want to relive their trauma.' But as a kid, Wang remembers feeling disconnected from her history - unmoored. Her greatest hope for Watercress is that it inspires families to have these difficult conversations."

Do you want to know the selections of the Aaron Rodgers book club? I'm sure you do. From Kendra Meinert in the Green Bay Press Gazette, via the Journal Sentinel.

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