Sunday, January 14, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending January 13, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending January 13, 2024

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Waters, by Bonnie Jo Campbell
2. Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett
3. Iron Flame V2, by Rebecca Yarros
4. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride
5. Prophet Song, by Paul Lynch
6. Absolution, by Alice McDermott
7. Fourth Wing V1, by Rebecca Yarros
8. The Covenant of Water, by Abraham Verghese
9. The Atlas Complex V3, by Olivie Blake
10. Starter Villain, by John Scalzi
11. North Woods, by Daniel Mason
12. Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club, by J Ryan Stradal
13. Northwoods, by Amy Pease (Boswell event Fri Feb 2)
14. The Bee Sting, by Paul Murray
15. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt

The Waters? Maybe the book should be renamed The Ice Block, what with the weather forecast for this week. Bonnie Jo Campbell's event last Friday was converted to a virtual event so the author could get safely home to Michigan. If media mail and the weather cooperate, we could have signed copies back at the bookstore this week. BookMarks lists five raves and two positive reviews, including Jane Smiley's in the Los Angeles Times: "A thought-provoking and readable exploration of eccentricity and of all different kinds of love - familial love, romantic love, love of knowledge, love of animals and love of one’s own environment, even when it is a difficult place to live."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. How to Know a Person, by David Brooks
2. The Wager, by David Grann
3. 1000 Words, by Jami Attenberg
4. Democracy Awakening, by Heather Cox Richardson
5. The Art Thief, by Michael Finkel
6. Oath and Honor, by Liz Cheney
7. Prequel, by Rachel Maddow
8. The Creative Act, by Rick Rubin
9. Building, by Mark Ellison
10. The Secret Lives of Color, by Kassia St Clair

First week out and a sellout for 1000 Words: A Writer's Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round. Per the publisher: "Inspired by Jami Attenberg’s wildly popular literary movement #1000WordsofSummer, this writer’s guide features encouraging essays on creativity, productivity, and writing from acclaimed authors including Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, Celeste Ng, Meg Wolitzer, and Carmen Maria Machado." Booklist called it "a fantastic set of essays."

Paperback Fiction:
1. Hide V1, by Tracy Clark
2. A Map for the Missing, by Belinda Huijuan Tang (Boswell Book Clubs here)
3. Trespasses, by Louise Kennedy
4. The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon
5. A Court of Silver Flames V5, by Sarah J Maas
6. Empire of Storms V4, by Sarah J Maas
7. How to Sell a Haunted House, by Grady Hendrix
8. The Thursday Murder Club V1, by Richard Osman
9. A Death in Door County V1, by Annelise Ryan
10. The Bodyguard, by Katherine Center

No surprise that Hide, Tracy Clark's first novel in the Harriet Foster series outsold the second (Fall) at the event. That's just a mystery thing, which is why Thursday Murder Club is the book that continually popping up on our bestseller list and why we may still be seeing A Death in Door County when volumes 3 and 4 are also available. So what's with volume 5 of two Sarah J Maas series showing up? Clark was delightful and we hope she'll come back for book #3. What's her secret go juice for writing? Why Twizzlers and V8!

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. No Friend But the Mountains, by Behrouz Boochani
2. John Gurda's Milwaukee, by John Gurda
3. Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton
4. The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
5. The Switch, by Jason Puskar (Boswell event Feb 15)

I believe that the sales for No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison were in conjunction with the HOME at the Lynden Book Club. Behrouz Boochani is an ethnic curd who escaped from Iran only to be detained on Manus, a remote island in the Admiralty Islands of Papua New Guinea. The author won Australia's richest literary prize but was unable to attend the ceremony because of Australia's policy on refugees. Four raves and two positives from BookMarks. From JM Coetzee in The New York Review of Books: "As autobiography, No Friend is not the summing up of a life but a work in progress, the absorbing record of a life-transforming episode whose effects on his inner self the writer is still trying to plumb."

Books for Kids:
1 Zoey and Sassafras V1: Dragons and Marshmallows, by Asia Citro
2. Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
3. The Misfits: Royal Conundrum, by Lisa Yee, illustrations by Dan Santat
4. Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go, by Richard Scarry
5. Bunny and Tree, by Balint Zsako

This week's winter weather involved some rescheduling the likes of which we haven't had to deal with in a couple of years. Derrick Barnes's plane was delayed so he was only able to do one rescheduled school event for Who Got Game? Basketball. And Dan Santat and Lisa Yee couldn't do any of their events for The Misfits on Tuesday - they were here but the schools were cancelled. One got rescheduled for Wednesday while the other two can enjoy a wonderful virtual conversation - so can you, right here. And they also got to have lunch with some bookseller meeting at the Hilton to plan this fall's Heartland Fall Forum, a bookseller trade show that will be in Milwaukee this fall. Kirkus called The Misfits "a fantastical blend of quirky characters and goofy adventures."

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