Sunday, January 15, 2023

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending January 14, 2023

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending January 14, 2023

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus
2. Hell Bent V2, by Leigh Bardugo
3. Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver
4. All This Could Be Different, by Sarah Thankam Mathews
5. Age of Vice, by Deepti Kapoor
6. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin
7. Babel, by RF Kuang
8. The House in the Pines, by Ana Reyes
9. The Old Woman with the Knife, by Gu Byeong-Mo
10. In the Upper Country, by Kai Thomas

With the #1 Indie Next Pick for January, the Good Morning America book club pick, and an appearance on the New York Times bestseller list, Age of Vice hits our top ten. The Hindustan Times offered a profile of the author, noting the book "captures the world of politics, patronage and power and is perhaps the only Indian novel to have been auctioned directly in Hollywood for a multimillion dollar TV deal."

Scott Simon talked to Kai Thomas on In the Upper Country on NPR Weekend Edition

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Reading for Our Lives, by Maya Payne Smart
2. Spare, by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
3. A Waiter in Paris, by Edward Chisholm (Register for February 16 virtual event here)
4. Good for a Girl, by Lauren Fleshman
5. I'm Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy
6. We Don't Know Ourselves, by Fintan O'Toole
7. The Good Life, by Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz
8. Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins, by Aidan Ley
9. American Midnight, by Adam Hochschild
10. Birds and Us, by Tim Birkhead (Register for January 18 virtual event here)

There's still only one NPR show that can single-handedly pop a book onto our top 10 and that's Fresh Air. Lauren Fleshman talked to Terry Gross about her new memoir,   Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man's World. You can listen to the event or read the highlights on the NPR website.

Paperback Fiction:
1. Ms. Demeanor, by Elinor Lipman (Register for January 17 in-person event here)
2. The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, by Shehan Karunatilaka
3. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
5. Sorrow and Bliss, by Meg Mason
6. Black Cake, by Charmaine Wilkerson 
7. Clark and Division, by Naomi Hirahara
8. Night of the Living Rez, by Morgan Talty
9. A Court of Mist and Fury V2, by Sarah J Maas
10. Factory Girls, by Michelle Gallen

We're seeing a lot fewer movie tie-in editions and we're wondering if that is because a certain retailer who used to encourage them now does not. But it's hard not to have two editions of A Man Called Ove because the American-made version of the film is A Man Called Otto. And here's the thing  - in 2023, why did you have to change the name that sounds foreign sounding? 

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Rough Magic, by Jonathan Gillard Daly
2. Brewtown Tales, by John Gurda
3. The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui
4. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond
5. We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders, by Linda Sarsour
6. Global Nomad, by Tom Haig
7. The Tools, by Phil Stutz
8. The January 6th Report, by the Select Committee, with The New Yorker
9. Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari
10. The Story of Jane, by Laura Kaplan

We have a winner! While the Ari Melber edition of The January 6th Report (Harper and Celadon) holds at #1 on The New York Times, the first of the many editions to hit our top ten offers a preface by David Remnick (of The New Yorker) and an epilogue by Jamie Raskin. And there's plenty more where that came from.

Books for Kids:
1. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, by Sharon Creech
2. A Hundred Years of Happiness, by Thanhhà Lai
3. Every Day's a Holiday, by Stef Wade, illustrations by Husna Aghniya
4. They All Saw a Cat, by Brendan Wenzel
5. Peekaboo Moon, by Camilla Reid, illustrations by Ingela Arrheniius
6. Nick and Charlie, by Alice Oseman
7. Rare Tiny Flower, by Kitty O'Meara, illustrations by Quim Torres
8. Skin and Other Stories, by Roald Dahl
9. The Snowy Day board book, by Ezra Jack Keats
10. The Book of Dust V1, by Philip Pullman

Jenny has two full days of schools for Stef Wade's new picture book, Every Day's a Holiday: Winnie's Birthday Countdown. From Booklist: "Using dialogue within the narrative as well as illustrations' speech balloons, the writing sets an upbeat tone that is reinforced by the vibrant digital artwork. A great read-aloud picture book for opening discussions of traditional holidays, more recently created ones, and ideas for new ones."

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