Sunday, August 13, 2023

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending August 12, 2023

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending August 12, 2023

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Canary Girls, by Jennifer Chiaverini
2. Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett
3. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride
4. Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver
5. The Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros
6. Crook Manifesto, by Colson Whitehead
7. The Covenant of Water, by Abraham Verghese
8. Somebody's Fool, by Richard Russo
9. Mrs. Porter Calling, by AJ Pearce (Register for virtual August 24 event)
10. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, James McBride's latest novel, has one rave from Boswell (via Tim) and 11 more on LitHub's BookMarks. Here's Ron Charles in The Washington Post: "The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store confirms the abiding strength of McBride’s vernacular narrative. With his eccentric, larger-than-life characters and outrageous scenes of spliced tragedy and comedy, 'Dickensian' is not too grand a description for his novels, but the term is ultimately too condescending and too Anglican. The melodrama that McBride spins is wholly his own, steeped in our country’s complex racial tensions and alliances. Surely, the time is not too far distant when we’ll refer to other writers’ hypnotically entertaining stories as McBridean."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. A Guide to Midwestern Conversation, by Taylor Kay Phillips
2. The French Art of Living Well, by Cathy Yandell
3. Outlive, by Peter Attia and Bill Gifford
4. What an Owl Knows, by Jennifer Ackerman (Register for September 6 virtual event)
5. Stay True, by Hua Hsu

Hey, I guess summer isn't hardcover nonfiction season. Just wait until October! Jennifer Ackerman's What an Owl Knows jumped back into the national top 10. I don't know why, but I also saw that Ingram reordered close to 1500 copies. I didn't find anything that would have caused the sales pop on my key word seach. If you know, let me know!

Paperback Fiction:
1. All This Could Be Different, by Sarah Thankam Mathews (Register for September 20 Boswell event)
2. When the Hibiscus Falls, by M Evelina Galang
3. A Death in Door County, by Annelise Ryan (Register for August 23 WFB library event)
4. The Swimmers, by Julie Otsuka
5. Switchboard Soldiers, by Jennifer Chiaverini
6. Trust, by Hernan Diaz
7. The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
8. Daisy Darker, by Alice Feeney
9. The Nix, by Nathan Hill (Register for October 23 Boswell event)
10. Circe, by Madeline Miller

After noticing that we were #4 on Edelweiss in sales, I wondered why the Western region was selling The Swimmers so much better than the rest of the country. It turns out that Julie Otsuka's lastest novel is the 2023 Seattle Reads selection for the Seattle Public Library. Maybe folks from Milwaukie, Oregon were ordering it from us? But no, that would have been if it were Portland Reads. The Swimmers is our September Lit Group selection, only with Labor Day and all, we're meeting on August 28. Here are all our Boswell-run book club selections.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Jews in the Garden, by Judy Rakowsky
2. American Prometheus, by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin
3. Murdle V1, by GT Karber
4. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
5. Dopamine Nation, by Anna Lembke
6. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
7. The Philoosophy of Walking, by Frederic Gros
8. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
9. Our Town, by Cynthia Carr
10. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

It's not common to have five events in a week in August, and it's even more unusual for all five of them to make solid sales showings. Imagine if we'd gotten on the Ann Patchett tour!

The America's Black Holocaust Museum is reading Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America by Cynthia Carr for their recurring book club. Carr, who wrote for The Village Voice for many years, chronicled the 1930 lynching of three men in Marion, Indiana. One of them, James Cameron, survived, and as you know he founded the original ABHM.

Books for Kids:
1. Dolly Parton's Billy the Kid Makes it Big, written with Erica S Perl and illustrated by Haley MacKenzie
2. Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
3. Peekaboo Pumpkin, by Camilla Reid, illustred by Ingela P Arrhenius
4. The Eyes and the Impossible, by Dave Eggers
5. Gertie the Darling Duck of World War II, by Shari Swanson, illustrated by Renee Graef
6. Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee, by Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Renee Graef
7. Peekaboo Farm, by Camilla Reid, illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
8. Peekaboo Sun, by Camilla Reid, illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
9. One of Us Is Back, by Karen McManus
10. Have You Seen My Invisible Dinosaur, by Helen Yoon

Here's how our rep sold in Have You Seen My Invisible Dinosaur: it's a story that subtly explores problem-solving, logic, and basic pet care. Hey, it worked! We're #2 in the country on Edelweiss. From Booklist: "The clever premise is carried out with heaps of humor and cheer, and the mixed-media illustrations are expressive and comical, including delightful spreads that appear to be the child's crayoned diagrams. A sweetly satisfying story with lots of laughs."

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