Sunday, July 16, 2023

Boswell bestsellers, week ending July 15, 2023

Boswell bestsellers, week ending July 15, 2023

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Spare Room, by Andrea Bartz
2. The Writing Retreat, by Julia Bartz
3. The Covenant of Water, by Abraham Verghese
4. Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver
5. Dead Eleven, by Jimmy Juliano (Register for July 28 Boswell event here)
6. Yellowface, by RF Kuang
7. Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus
8. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin
9. All the Sinners Bleed, by SA Cosby
10. Sleepless City, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Register for July 20 Boswell event here)

It's relatively unusual for the big book clubs to pick a selection months after release date, quite a change from the original Oprah's book club, which picked several titles out of publishing obscurity. Don't worry, the new Reese pick, Yellowface, is still a hardcover.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Emotional Lives of Teenagers, by Lisa Damour
2. The Peking Express, by James M Zimmerman (Register for July 17 Boswell event here)
3. Poverty, by America, by Matthew Desmond
4. Beyond the Story, by BTS and Myeongseok Kang
5. Redeeming Justice, by Jarrett Adams (Register for July 19 Boswell event here)
6. A Guide to Midwestern Conversation, by Taylor Kay Phillips (Register for August 9 Boswell event here)
7. Outlive by Peter Attia and Bill Gifford
8. A Fever in the Heartland, by Timothy Egan
9. The Devil's Element, by Dan Egan
10. The Heat Will Kill You First, by Jeff Gooddell

While most books have a Tuesday on-sale date, James Patterson titles release on Monday, and many independent presses have random weekdays as pub date (not on-sale date, you can generally put these out as they arrive), a Sunday on-sale is almost unknown. But that's the case for the BTS book Beyond the Story. We still have some gift-with-purchase premiums for buyers.

Paperback Fiction:
1. Trust, by Hernan Diaz
2. Tatami Galaxy, by Tomihiko Morimi (Upcoming Boswell-run book club meetings here)
3. We Were Never Here, by Andrea Bartz
4. Latecomer, by Jean Hanff Korelitz
5. Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
6. Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St John Mandel
7. Switchboard Soldiers, by Jennifer Chiaverini (Register for August 9 Tosa Library event here)
8. The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles
9. Bunny by Mona Award
10. Cult Classic, by Sloane Crosley

We had a pop in sales for Tatami Galaxy, but I don't actually think this was for the Books and Beer Book Club, which meets tomorrow. We might see another appearance next week. Tomihiko Morimi's novel was shortlisted for the PEN translation prize. It was described as Midnight Library-esque.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Kodachrome Milwaukee, by Adam Levin (Register for July 21 Boswell event here)
2. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
3. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
4. Murdle V1, by GT Karber
5. American Prometheus, by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin
6. A Philosophy of Walking, by Frederic Gros
7. Joy Ride, by Kristen Jokinen (Register for July 31 Boswell event here)
8. Solito, by Javier Zamora
9. All About Love, by bell hooks
10. Brewtown Tales, by John Gurda

A movie in theaters spurs book sales? How old-fashioned! But that's the case for American Prometheus, which is breaking with the release of Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer. Variety gathers up the first critical impressions, which are enthusiastic.

Books for Kids
1. The Skull, by Jon Klassen
2. Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee, by Barbara Joosse, illustrations by Renee Graef
3. Peekaboo Sun by Camilla Reid, illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius
4. Nimona, by ND Stevenson
5. In the Night Garden, by Carin Berger
6. Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea, by Dav Pilkey
7. Peekaboo Farm, by Camilla Reid, illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius
8. The Eyes and the Impossible, by Dave Eggers
9. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willem
10. The Sun and the Star, by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro

Now that's more like it. Nimona is back on bestseller lists, spurred by the Netflix streaming series debut. The original release was a National Book Award finalist. Here's the Entertainment Weekly review of the series.

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