Sunday, February 11, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending February 10, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending February 10, 2024

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Price You Pay, by Nick Petrie (signed copies)
2. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride
3. The Women, by Kristin Hannah
4. Martyr!, by Kaveh Akbar (Last chance - Register for Feb 13 event)
5. Fourth Wing V1, by Rebecca Yarros
6. The Bee Sting, by Paul Murray
7. The House of Flame and Shadow V3, by Sarah J Maas
8. The Covenant of Water, by Abraham Verghese
9. Good Material, by Dolly Alderton
10. This Is the Honey, edited by Kwame Alexander

In The Women, a student joins the Army Nursing Corps during the Vietnam War. From Stephanie Merry in The Washington Post: "Why am I doing this to myself? The thought occurred to me as I reached the bottom of Page 20 in Kristin Hannah’s new novel, The Women. Barely three chapters in, and already protagonist Frankie McGrath was learning that her charming, mischievous older brother had been killed in action in Vietnam. 'Shot down … in a helicopter … No remains … all hands lost.' If you’ve read Hannah’s historical novels, you know that this development will be but one snowflake in a blizzard of tear-jerking tragedy that will inundate you over the next 450 pages."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. How to Know a Person, by David Brooks
2. The Wager, by David Grann
3. The Little Frogs Guide to Self Care, by Maybell Eequay
4. Becoming Ella Fitzgerald, by Judith Tick 
5. Upside Down World, by Benjamin Moser
6. King: A Life, by Jonathan Eig
7. Texture Over Taste, by Joshua Weissman
8. Disillusioned, by Benjamin Herold
9. Best Minds, by Jonathan Rosen
10. The Creative Act, by Rick Rubin

From the impulse table comes The Little Frog's Guide to Self Care, which, per the publisher, concerns a "fashionable little frog with its mushroom hat and fabulous footwear" who "brings positivity with a dead-pan sense of humor to its many admirers on social media." We've been selling this regularly since its release last September.

Paperback Fiction:
1. Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
2. The Drifter, by Nick Petrie
3. Throne of Glass V1, by Sarah J Maas
4. Bride, by Ali Hazelwood
5. The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
6. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, by Sangu Mandanna
7. Venomous Lumpsucker, by Ned Beauman
8. Babel, by RF Kuang
9. House of Earth and Blood V1, by Sarah J Maas
10. This Other Eden, by Paul Harding

This Other Eden  quietly amassed 12 raves and one mixed review on BookMarks, but didn't seem to take off until the book was shortlisted for the National Book Award and Booker Prize. From the publisher: "In 1792, formerly enslaved Benjamin Honey and his Irish wife, Patience, discover an island where they can make a life together. Over a century later, the Honeys’ descendants and a diverse group of neighbors are desperately poor, isolated, and often hungry, but nevertheless protected from the hostility awaiting them on the mainland." From Claire Messud in Harpers: "This Other Eden is beautiful and agonizing - rather like the real place that inspired it."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
2. All About Love, by bell hooks
3. The Switch, by Jason Puskar (Boswell event Feb 15 - register here)
4. Saving Time, by Jenny Odell
5. A Philosophy of Walking, by Frédéric Gros
6. One Room Schools, by Susan Apps-Bodilly
7. Old Farm Country Cookbook, by Jerry Apps and Susan Apps-Bodilly
8. Viral Justice, by Ruha Benjamin
9. Cream City Chronicles, by John Gurda
10 Four Thousand Weeks ,by Oliver Burkeman

Just out in paperback and selling off the new paperback table is Princeton Professor Ruha Benjamin's Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want, winner of the Stowe Prize from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. From Matthew Desmond: "Wide-ranging and provocative, soaring yet grounded, Viral Justice reveals how racism poisons our bodies, communities, and institutions, but the book also chronicles inspired movements seeking repair and justice."

Books for Kids:
1. This Is a Story, by John Schu
2. Clifford's Valentine level 1 reader, by Norman Bridwell
3. Clifford Loves, by Norman Bridwell
4. This Is a School, by John Schu
5. Every Day's a Holiday, by Stef Wade, illustrations by Husna Aghiniya
6. The Skull, by Jon Klassen
7. M Is for Monster, by Talia Dutton
8. Clifford the Small Red Puppy, by Norman Bridwell
9. Peekaboo Love, by Camilla Reid, illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius
10. Clifford the Big Red Dog, by Norman Bridwell

The fight for the top spots was between John Schu at the Wisconsin State Reading Association conference and Clifford, who appeared at Boswell and an area school. For the third consecutive year, Schu has a book coming out a month after the conference with Louder Than Hunger, which will be a March-April Indie Next Pick. On Norman Bridwell's heart-shaped board book, Clifford Loves: "Clifford the Big Red Dog loves playing outside. Clifford loves reading and swimming, too. But most importantly, Clifford loves spending time with his friends-especially Emily Elizabeth." Not too late for a V-Day gift.

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