Sunday, September 24, 2023

Boswell bestsellers, week ending September 23, 2023

Boswell bestsellers, week ending September 23, 2023

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The River We Remember, by William Kent Krueger (signed copies)
2. The Last Devil to Die V4, by Richard Osman
3. Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett
4. Dead Eleven, by Jimmy Juliano
5. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride
6. The Fraud, by Zadie Smith
7. The Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros
8. North Woods, by Daniel Mason
9. The Vaster Wilds, by Lauren Groff
10. Holly, by Stephen King

Today's top debut is Richard Osman's fourth mystery in the Thursday Murder Club series. The Last Devil to Die has four raves and a positive, but of those five reviews are British and one is from Air Mail, which I had never heard of before. It's a mobile first, subscription based newsletter from Graydon Carter and Allesandra Stanley that started in 2019. Where have I been? From the Jenny Colgan review: "Overall, the real strength of these books is that they are genuinely funny. It is a truism that people who aren’t funny think that writing funny books is easy. To wear it as lightly as Osman does is a gift; these books read like champagne."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Book of (More) Delights, by Ross Gay (Register for October 4 Boswell event)
2. Never Givin' Up, by Kurt Dietrich (signed copies)
3. Elon Musk, by Walter Isaacson
4. While You Were Out, by Meg Kissinger
5. Wisconsin Field to Fork, by Lori Fredrich (Register for October 3 Boswell event)
6. Of Time and Turtles, by Sy Montgomery
7. Astor, by Anderson Cooper
8. The Death of Public Schools, by Cara Fitzpatrick (Register for October 20 Marquette Law event)
9. Slaying the Dragon, by Ben Riggs
10. Sure I'll Join Your Cult, by Maria Bamford

We got a nice first week pop in sale on Ross Gay's The Book of (More) Delights, a combination of pre-orders and some sales as part of a special program we're doing. We're all looking forward to our October 4 event. In the non-event category, we had a nice first week pop for Sy Montgomery's Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell. From Kirkus: "Melding science and memoir, naturalist Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus, The Hummingbirds' Gift, and other celebrated nature books, shares her experiences as a volunteer at the Turtle Rescue League, in Massachusetts, where, along with wildlife artist Patterson, she worked laboriously to care for 'the most imperiled major group of animals on earth.'" 

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Artful Bargain, by Audrey Lynden
2. All This Could Be Different, by Sarah Thankam Mathews (signed copies)
3. A Death in Door County, by Annelise Ryan (Register for December 14 Boswell event)
4. Murder at the Mena House, by Erica Ruth Neubauer
5. Godkiller V1, by Hannah Kaner
6. Blood to Rubies, by Deborah Hufford
7. Trust, by Hernan Diaz
8. The Ninth Metal V1, by Benjamin Percy
9. A Court of Thorn and Roses, by Sarah J Maas
10. Under the Whispering Door, by TJ Klune

It's the second week out for Godkiller in paperback, and Hannah Kaner's series debut was helped by a featured staff-rec spot at our booth for The Awkward Nerd Book Fair last Sunday. We have several fans on staff. From Jen Steele: "Hannah Kaner has created a fantastical world full of wild gods, political intrigue, and danger around every corner. Can a godkiller, a knight, and a young noble girl with a god of white lies entwined within her soul work together, let alone trust each other?" And From Charlie Jane Anders in The Washington Post: "Kaner writes action that’s both fun and intelligible - no mean feat - while keeping the story moving forward nicely. If The Last of Us didn’t slake your thirst for stories of a grizzled fighter taking a tough kid on the road, then Godkiller should be your jam."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Let's Summon Demons, by Steven Rhodes
2. Holy Food, by Christina Ward (Register for September 29 Boswell event)
3. Dopamine Nation, by Anna Lembke
4. A Year in the Woods, by Torbjorn Ekelund
5. An Immense World, by Ed Yong
6. A Book of Delights, by Ross Gay
7. Vagina Obscura, by Rachel E Gross
8. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
9. Hollywood Standard, by Christopher Riley
10. A Philosophy of Walking, by Frédéric Gros

Local author and publisher Christina Ward is doing a number of events in Milwaukee and across the country (Quimby's in Chicago, Book Larder in Seattle, among others) for Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements Influenced What We Eat - An American History. From Tea Krulos in Milwaukee Magazine: "Each chapter of Holy Food discusses the history of various religious food rules on what can go into your mouth and when. The book serves as a guide of religious development in this country... What makes Holy Food a unique reading experience is the collection of recipes – over 75 of them – found at the end of each chapter and adapted from Ward’s extensive collection of religious-themed cookbooks."

Books for Kids:
1. Autumn Peltier Water Warrior, by Carole Lindstrom, illustrations by Bridget George
2. The Ghost Book, by Remy Lai
3. Pawcasso, by Remy Lai
4. Fly on the Wall, by Remy Lai
5. Peekaboo Pumpkin, by Camilla Reid, illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius
6. It's Fall, by Renée Kurilla
7. The Lost Library, by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass
8. The Tale of Despereaux deluxe anniversary edition, by Kate DiCamillo
9. Nimona, by ND Stevenson
10. The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich, by Deya Muniz

Our public kids events are back, with the best schedule since before COVID, but we continue to also bring authors to schools without a public component. Often the issue is that the publisher uses the public event time to get the author to the next city for schools - there's a lot of evening travel. Remy Lai was here last week, as you can tell from our bestseller list. Her newest is The Ghost Book - here's the publisher's take: "July Chen sees ghosts. But her dad insists ghosts aren't real. So she pretends they don't exist. Which is incredibly difficult now as it's Hungry Ghost month, when the Gates of the Underworld open and dangerous ghosts run amok in the living world."

From the starred Booklist: "Lai is a master of middle-grade sensibilities, mixing pus-spurting tumors with slapstick and genuine concerns about friendship and family. Her artwork elevates each scene to its fullest potential as wacky and disgusting ghosts float through panels (and walls and floors), their luminous forms lighter than the saturated physical world, and the friends discover how their fates are deeply entwined. An unforgettable adventure full of surprises, laughs, ghosts, and dumplings."

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