Sunday, February 19, 2023

Boswell bestsellers, week ending February 18, 2023

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending February 18, 2023

Hardcover Fiction
1. Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver
2. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin
3. Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus
4. Babel, by RF Kuang
5. Big Swiss, by Jen Beagin
6. Victory City, by Salman Rushdie
7. How to Sell a Haunted House, by Grady Hendrix
8. House of Eve, by Sadeqa Johnson
9. Lapvona, by Ottessa Moshfegh
10. Someone Else's Shoes, by Jojo Moyes

New this week if The House of Eve, by Sadeqa Johnson, the Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine book club pick. We've started featuring four of the book club picks in our book club case - Reese, Oprah, Jenna, and GMA, which doesn't have a person's first name attached. Carole V Bell reviewed The House of Eve in The Washington Post: "Johnson’s talents are in full bloom in this layered story with two distinctive and compelling young Black women at the center — both ambitious and talented strivers, who face a minefield of challenges in pursuit of their dreams."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. How to Lead Your Family Business, by Julie Charlestein
2. The Climate Book, by Greta Thunberg
3. The Creative Act, by Rick Rubin
4. A Waiter in Paris, by Edward Chisholm
5. A Random Walk Down Wall Street 50th Anniversary Edition, by Burton G Malkiel
6. Feels Like Home, by Linda Ronstadt
7. The Wise Hours, by Miriam Darlington
8. Rest Is Resistance, by Tricia Hersey
9. The Lives We Actually Have, by Kate Bowler
10. What's for Dessert, by Claire Saffitz

Greta Thunberg's The Climate Book: The Facts and the Solutions, was postponed from its original publication and is finally out now. This is a pretty common occurrence. From the publisher: "In The Climate Book, Greta Thunberg has gathered the wisdom of over one hundred experts - geophysicists, oceanographers and meteorologists; engineers, economists and mathematicians; historians, philosophers and indigenous leaders - to equip us all with the knowledge we need to combat climate disaster." From BookMarks, two raves, four positives, and a mixed from The Guardian. The starred Kirkus called it "brilliant and alarming."

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Swimmers, by Julie Otsuka
2. The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, by Shehan Karunatilaka (We're now #12 on Edelweiss)
3. Heart Bones, by Colleen Hoover
4. Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
5. A Marvellous Light, by Freya Marske
6. Dead Silence, by SA Barnes
7. The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy, by Megan Banen
8. Olga Dies Dreaming, by Xochitl Gonzalez
9. Bookworm, by Robin Yeatman
10. The Maid, by Nita Prose

Rachel C. and Oli are both crazy for Freya Marske's new series, which starts with A Marvellous Light and continues with A Restless Truth. Our Romance Book Club read Marske's first and plans to read the second when it goes into paperback. #3 is A Power Unbound, and let's just say we're hoping to put together a virtual event in conjunction with that release. On BookMarks, A Marvellous Light has six raves plus a positive and a mixed (from Locus), from trade and specialty reviewers. Library Journal writes: "Marske’s debut is a delightful blend of Edwardian fantasy and romance, with enough twists and questions to have readers clamoring for the next in the planned series." This is a Tordotcom book, but I wonder if the series will move to the new Bramble imprint.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Brewtown Tales, by John Gurda
2. We Don't Know Ourselves, by Fintan O'Toole
3. Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
4. How the Word is Passed, by Clint Smith
5. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
6. Happening, by Annie Ernaux
7. These Precious Days, by An Patchett
8. Tools, by Phil Stutz and Barry Michaels
9. A Short History of Queer Women, by Kirsty Loehr
10. Hit Girls, by Jen B Larson

The UWM Festival of Films in French is playing this week and the opening film was L’événement, based on the Nobel Prize winner's Happening, her 2001 memoir. More on the film at the UWM website. The rest of the schedule is here. From Emily Eakin's 2001 New York Times review: "Ernaux's books are unsparing in detail, pitiless in tone. In contrast to those of so many of her confession-minded peers, her shock tactics feel principled, driven less by narcissism or the need for self-justification than by some loftier impulse: a desire to capture the past as it was, undistorted by faulty memories, moral judgments or decorative literary flourishes."

Books for Kids:
1. Just Harriet, by Elana K Arnold
2. Harriet Spies, by Elana K Arnold
3. Every Day's a Holiday, by Stef Wade, illustrations by Husna Aghinya
4. A Place for Pluto, by Stef Wade, illustrations by Melanie Demmer
5. A Boy Called Bat, by Elana K Arnold
6. Moving to Mars, by Stef Wade, illustrations by Erin Taylor
7. Eric Loves Animals, by Eric Carle (Register for Very Hungry Caterpillar costume visit on March 8 here)
8. How Do You Live, by Genzaburo Yoshino
9. Three Questions, by Jon J Muth
10. Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee, by Barbara Joosse, illustrations by Renée Graef

Just out this week is Eric Loves Animals (Just Like You). From the publisher: "Explore the animal kingdom through the eyes of Eric Carle with this alphabetized treasury of animal illustrations, featuring beloved classic characters as well as exclusive, never-before-seen art...This impressive collection of art has been crafted with those young fans in mind, as an alphabetical offering of creatures in all shapes and sizes, with peek-through holes, gatefolds, and other surprises to discover. Fan-favorites, like the famous Hungry Caterpillar and Grouchy Ladybug, sit alongside never-before-seen hippos, ostriches, and jellyfish. With 172 pages of sketches, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and collages to pore over, and narrated in Eric's own words about animals, nature, and art, children and children-at-heart are sure to lose themselves in the rich visual world of Eric Carle's animal oeuvre."

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