Sunday, April 24, 2022

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending April 23, 2022

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending April 23, 2022

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St. John Mandel (tip-in signed copies available)
2. The Cartographers, by Peng Shepherd (a few title page signed copies still available)
3. The World of Pondside, by Mary Helen Stefaniak (title page signed copies will be available)
4. Fevered Star, by Rebecca Roanhorse
5. Time Is a Mother, by Ocean Vuong
6. Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus
7. The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich
8. The Candy House, by Jennifer Egan
9. The Christie Affair, by Nina De Gramont
10. Passerthrough, by Peter Rock

Rebecca Roanhorse's long-awaited sequel to the Black Sun, finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Lambda, and Locus awards, is Fevered Star  Kirkus writes: "Even a middle book from Roanhorse is still a book from Roanhorse, with all the excellent plot machinations and stellar prose that readers know to expect from her. She delves further into the political history of the Meridian and saves room for a few big twists to wind up the anticipation for Book 3. An excellent second installment that adds even more detail and intrigue."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Healing, by Theresa Brown (title-page signed copies available)
2. Bittersweet, by Susan Cain (tip-in signed copies available)
3. In Praise of Good Bookstores, by Jeff Deutch (Register for April 25 event here- in person and broadcast)
4. Still Just a Geek, by Wil Wheaton
5. Hello, Molly!, by Molly Shannon with Sean Wilsey
6. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
7. Welcome to the Universe in 3D, by Neil DeGase Tyson et al
8. Feel Good Smoothies, by Sandra Wu
9. Atlas of the Heart, by Brené Brown
10. I Dream of Dinner So You Don't Have To, by Ali Slagle

As I know I've mentioned before, I like a good celebrity memoir, but for most of the ones I start, I don't get past page 25. I like Molly Shannon's work, but it was her collaboration with Sean Wilsey (Oh the Glory of It All) that convinced me to give Hello, Molly! a try. And the reviews have been great. From Alexandra Jacobs in The New York Times: "Underneath any shenanigans in Hello Molly, there is bottomless pathos. As a small child Shannon had a 'very dirty' neck, because it was difficult for her father, with his leg braces, to get upstairs to give her a bath. She luxuriated in other children’s mothers shampooing her hair before a school show. (I love her bitter, unrealized vision for a sketch about 'Hot Cocoa Girls,' those more fortunate, self-coddling peers, who are 'always chilly' and wrap themselves in fuzzy blankets.) Now a mother herself, when other people complain about parenting, she thinks: 'There is nothing to be upset about. We’re alive!' There are few better mantras."

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Glass Hotel, by Emily St. John Mandel
2. The Book of M, by Peng Shepherd
3. Almost Crimson, by Dasha Kelly Hamilton (currently out of print)
4. Shady Hollow, by Juneau Black (Register for May 6 in person event)
5. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
6. Ariadne, by Jennifer Saint
7. Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro
8. The House in the Cerulea Sea, by TJ Klune
9. The Great Circle, by Maggie Shipstead
10. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Ownes

In its third week of paperback sale, Ariadne pops into our top ten. Billed as a great book for folks who liked Madeline Miller's Circe. Focusing on the titular Princess of Crete and her brother The Minotaur. From Kayla Provencher in Book Reporter: "Saint’s writing is so vivid that her descriptions make it hard to remember where you are. You could be on your couch, a beach or even a city bus and find yourself warmed by the heat of the sun on the island of Naxos or plunged into the inky quiet of the cosmos. She paints emotions so expertly that they may mix with the blood in your veins, inspiring ache and anger and coloring the world when you once again realize that there is a world outside of this book."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Life In Short, by Dasha Kelly Hamilton
2. Call It Forth, by Dasha Kelly Hamilton
3. New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes, by Sam Sifton
4. Giannis, by Mirin Fader
5. Entangled Life, by Merlin Sheldrake
6. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
7. The Bookseller of Florence, by Ross King
8. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
9. Forest Walking, by Peter Wohlleben
10. Dancing with the Octopus, by Debora Harding (Register for May 14 virtual event here - don't forget to use code  FD8EB6 at checkout.)

It's pub week for the paperback edition of Ross King's The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Rennaissance. I looked up past sales for King and while we've put up tremendous numbers for King's paperbacks, The Bookseller of Florence is our bestselling hardcover for King, his first at Grove/Atlantic after a number of books at Walker/Bloomsbury. From Ernest Hilbert in The Wall Street Journal: "His latest work is a marvel of storytelling and a master class in the history of the book, explaining sometimes arcane bookmaking processes in clear and coherent language while lending an easy touch to otherwise confounding historical turmoil. The Bookseller of Florence is a dazzling, instructive and highly entertaining book, worthy of the great bookseller it celebrates."

Books for Kids:
1. Fierce, by Aly Raisman
2. Watercress, by Andrea Wang, illustrations by Jason Chin
3. The Edge of In Between, by Lorelei Savaryn
4. Cat Kid Comic Club On Purpose V3, by Dav Pilkey
5. The Ogress and the Orphans, by Kelly Barnhill
6. The Book of Questions, by Pablo Neruda, illustrations by Valdivia Paloma
7. The Circus of Stolen Dreams, by Lorelei Savaryn
8. Heartstopper V1, by Alice Oseman
9. Heartstopper V4, by Alice Oseman
10. Worm Weather, by Jean Taft

Lorelei Savaryn did some school visits for us this week. Her latest, The Edge of In Between, is, per the publisher, a spellbinding tale of magical realism and superb, twisty retelling of The Secret Garden, where twelve-year-old Lottie’s colorful world turns suddenly gray when an unexpected accident claims her parents, and she is uprooted from her home to live with an eccentric uncle she never knew she had - on the border that separates the living and the dead. From Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books: "Burnett fans will find familiarity and appeal here, but knowledge of the influencing novel is not necessary; magical realism buffs will be quickly drawn into this world where people can bounce back from sorrow and regain their supernatural gifts, as long as they have the right help."

Event blog tomorrow.

Also note that changes are coming to the Boswell blogs. The discontinuation of Feedburner's email feature means we need to look at a new subscription model and we might use this opportunity to make a few other changes. We'll keep you posted.

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