Sunday, October 8, 2023

Boswell bestsellers, week ending October 7, 2023

Boswell bestsellers, week ending October 7, 2023

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Wellness, by Nathan Hill (Register for October 23 Boswell event or 2 pm Books & Co event)
2. The Last Devil to Die V4, by Richard Osman
3. Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver
4. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride
5. The Vaster Wilds, by Lauren Groff
6. Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett (Tickets for December 6 theater event)
7. The Fourth Wing V1, by Rebecca Yarros
8. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt
9. The Fraud, by Zadie Smith
10. The Maniac, by Benjamin Labatut

From the publisher, on The Maniac: "From one of contemporary literature's most exciting new voices, a haunting story centered on the Hungarian polymath John von Neumann, tracing the impact of his singular legacy on the dreams and nightmares of the twentieth century and the nascent age of AI." Our buyer Jason Kennedy called it "compulsively readable." And BookMarks gives it six raves, nine positives, and a mixed.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Book of (More) Delights, by Ross Gay
2. Wisconsin Field to Fork, by Lori Fredrich
3. Democracy Awakening, by Heather Cox Richardson
4. While You Were Out, by Meg Kissinger
5. Making It So, by Patrick Stewart
6. Lou Reed by Will Hermes
7. Eve, by Cat Bohannon
8. Going Infinite, by Michael Lewis
9. The Wager by David Grann
10. Why We Love Baseball, by Joe Posnanski

It's nice to see some new nonfiction books having an impact on our top ten. Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution got a great review in The New York Times from Cindi Leive, who called it: "Part owner’s manual for the female body 'from tits to toes'; part sweeping saga of mammalian history; and part clapback against the tendency of much evolutionary thought to place men, and their furry mancestors, at the center of the action." Bohannon will be at East Troy's InkLink on October 21 for a ticketed event that includes food and drink. More info about tickets here and for those not on Facebook, contact the bookstore at

Paperback Fiction:
1. Sun Dog Memory, by Douglas Armstrong
2. Intermission, by Phyllis R. Dixon
3. Trust, by Hernan Diaz
4. Godkiller V1, by Hannah Kaner
5. Hedge, by Jane DeLury
6. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, by VE Schwab
7. The Aeronaut's Windlass V1, by Jim Butcher
8. A Court of Thorns and Roses V1, by Sarah J Maas
9. Bunny, by Mona Awad
10. Lucy by the Sea, by Elizabeth Strout

The Lit Group is reading Jane Delury's Hedge in December, which leads to the first of what is likely a few pops on our bestseller list. The book also has a nice review from Joan Frank in The Washington Post: "Some books enter you like a hallucinatory drug and, for a time, overtake you. You may even begin to dream about the novel you’re reading - or feel somehow that it’s dreaming you. Jane Delury’s second novel, Hedge, proves to be such a work. Like most eerily memorable books, it’s about more than itself: Describing its plot can’t quite convey its strange, lingering power. But one must start there."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. The Book of Delights, by Ross Gay
2. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
3. Dopamine Nation, by Anna Lembke
4. Murdle V1, by GT Karber
5. Holy Food, by Christina Ward
6. How We Live Is How We Die, by Pema Chödrön
7. In Defense of Witches, by Mona Chollet
8. A Philosophy of Walking, by Frédéric Gros
9. Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest 2e, by Teresa Marrone
10. 111 Places in Milwaukee That You Must Not Miss 3e, by Michelle Madden

First week out in paperback and In Defense of Witches: The Legacy of the Witch Hunts and Why Women Are Still on Trial catches the eye of enough readers to pop onto our bestseller list, helped by double-placement on the new paperback table and the seasonal witch-themed display. From Rachel Donadio in The New York Times: "In Defense of Witches demonstrates that a woman’s decision to go against the grain - especially by not having children - inevitably becomes a political act, even an act of resistance."

Books for Kids:
1. All Tide Up V7: The InvestiGators, by John Patrick Green
2. Elves Are the Worst, by Alex Willan
3. The InvestiGators V1, by John Patrick Green
4. Yetis Are the Worst, by Alex Willan
5. Eclipse, by Andy Rash
6. Unicorns are the Worst, by Alex Willan
7. Take the Plunge V2, by John Patrick Green
8. The Memory Thieves V2, by Dhonielle Clayton
9. Gertie the Darling Duck of WWII, by Shari Swanson, illustrations by Renée Graef
10. Chalice of the Gods V6, by Rick Riordan

I am trying to read a kids book per month and my September selection was The Marvellers, by Dhonielle Clayton, a wizarding school novel featuring Ella, a conjuror from New Orleans, who is confronted with not just prejudice but secrets and conspiracy in the world of The Marvellers. The starred School Library Journal review praise Clayton for "representing a variety of cultures, skin tones, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religious affiliations." The second book in the series, The Memory Thieves, received a "wonderful, well-developed sequel" from Kirkus while the best quote continues to be that of Rick Riordan from The Marvellers: "I want to live in this world."

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