Sunday, October 15, 2023

Boswell bestsellers, week ending October 14, 2023

Boswell bestsellers, week ending October 14, 2023

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Postcard, by Anne Berest
2. Wellness, by Nathan Hill (Register for October 23 Boswell event)
3. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride (Kirkus Prize winner)
4. The Mysteries, by Bill Watterson and Jon Kascht
5. Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver
6. Crook Manifesto, by Colson Whitehead
7. The Covenant of Water, by Abraham Verghese
8. The Last Devil to Die V4, by Richard Osman
9. The Oceans and the Stars, by Mark Helprin
10. Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett (Tickets for December 6 event here)

Apparently retailers underestimated the appeal of Bill Watterson's very un-Calvin-and-Hobbes-ian return to publishing. Ingram is completely sold out of The Mysteries, the beautiful fable for adults he created with Jon Kascht. More from the LitHub announcement, back in February.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Soul of Civility, by Alexandra Hudson (Register for October 22 Boswell event here)
2. While You Were Out, by Meg Kissinger
3. MCU, BY Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, and Gavin Edwards
4. The Death of Public School, by Cara Fitzpatrick (Contact Marquette Law for October 20 virtual event link)
5. Enough, by Cassidy Hutchinson
6. The Comfort of Crows, by Margaret Renkl (Register for November 20 virtual event here)
7. Run to Win, by Jerry Kramer with Bob Fox
8. Wisconsin Field to Fork, by Lori Fredrich
9. Be Useful, by Arnold Schwarzenegger
10. Democracy Awakening, by Heather Cox Richardson

Top non-event debut honors go to MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, by three writers, two of whom also host the Trial by Content podcast. From Publishers Weekly: "There's fascinating trivia on every page (for instance, Daniel Craig was a front-runner for the part of Thor), and the authors maintain an evenhanded perspective, celebrating the studio's successes while calling out its missteps, namely the MCU's lack of direction after 2019's Avengers."

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Rule of Thirds V3, by Jeannée Sacken
2. Justified Malice V2, by Harry Pinkus
3. La Carte Postale, by Anne Berest
4. Trust, by Hernan Diaz
5. All This Could Be Different, by Sarah Thankam Mathews
6. A Death in Door County V1, by Annelise Ryan (Register for Boswell December 14 event)
7. Godkiller V1, by Hannah Kaner
8. Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St John Mandel
9. Lark Ascending, by Silas House
10. The Hero of This Book, by Elizabeth McCracken

We had a nice run in hardcover (four staff recs and a wonderful event) for Silas House's Lark Ascending, a post-apocalyptic novel that traded an eerie landscape jacket in hardcover for a dog-friendly paperback pitch. The dog is a great side character, but I'm not sure I see it. I didn't know it won the Southern Book Prize - congratulations! From Kay Wosewick: "Lark grows up as climate-driven wars pit gun-toting fanatics intent on complete control against loosely formed bands of resisters. While most of Lark's early life is spent idyllically at a distance, he is finally forced to travel a long distance through war zones. Lark recounts times of bliss and harrowing moments of horror with equally affecting and lovely prose."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. 33 1/3: Madonna's Erotica, by Michael Dango
2. A Philosophy of Walking, by Frederic Gros
3. The Book of Delights, by Ross Gay
4. American Prometheus, by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin
5. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
6. A Year in the Woods, by Torbjorn Ekelund
7. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
8. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
9. Holy Food, by Christina Ward
10. Gender Queer, by Maia Kobabe

Don't forget about Christina Ward's double-dose of programs next weekend for Holy Food. She'll be at Milwaukee Public Library's Good Hope Branch on Saturday and Lion's Tooth on Sunday, both at 2 pm.

Books for Kids:
1. This Is a Story, by John Schu, illustrations by Lauren Castillo
2. This Is a School, by John Schu, illustrations by Veronica Miller Jamison
3. Find Where the Wind Goes, by Mae Jemison
4. The Memory Thieves V2, by Dhonielle Clayton
5. The Marvellers V1, by Dhonielle Clayton
6. Eclipse, by Andy Rash
7. Mae Jemison, by Jodie Shephard
8. The Happy Book, by Andy Rash
9. Peekaboo Pumpkin, by Camilla Reid, illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius
10. Chalice of the Gods V6, by Rick Riordan

John Schu, former school librarian and now readng evangelist for educators, is doing a day of schools for us for his latest picture book, This Is a Story. From Publishers Weekly: "Starting in close and pulling back, this love letter to libraries foregrounds their gift for connecting each reader with just the right story."

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