Sunday, March 10, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending March 9, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending March 9, 2024

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Hunter, by Tana French
2. Anita de Monte Laughs Last, by Xochitl Gonzalez (register for March 13 MARN/La Revo event- almost at capacity)
3. Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett
4. The Women, by Kristin Hannah
5. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride
6. After Annie, by Anna Quindlen
7. Wandering Stars, by Tommy Orange
8. Martyr!, by Kaveh Akbar
9. The Great Divide, by Cristina Henríquez (register for March 21 Boswell event)
10. A Fate Inked in Blood, by Danielle Jensen

Top debut this week is The Hunter, the "slow burn sequel to 2015's The Searcher" (Publishers Weekly). It's got four raves and four positives from BookMarks, including this from Maureen Corrigan in The Washington Post: "A glance, a grimace, a tightening of shoulders: Suspense is in the details - small details - scattered throughout Tana French’s new novel, The Hunter. These moments pile up until, in the novel’s stunning climax, the veneer of the mundane collapses, revealing the unthinkable that lies beneath."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Blues Brothers, by Daniel de Vise (register for March 20 Boswell event)
2. The Creative Act, by Rick Rubin
3. Little Frog's Guide to Self Care, by Maybell Eequay
4. The House of Hidden Meanings, by RuPaul
5. Slow Productivity, by Cal Newport
6. How to Know a Person, by David Brooks
7. Birding to Change the World, by Trish O'Kane (register for March 13 UEC event - almost at capacity)
8. I Must Be Dreaming, by Roz Chast
9. Grief Is for People, by Sloane Crosley
10. The Comfort of Crows, by Margaret Renkl

There's no question that some signed copies helped pop The House of Hidden Meanings, a memoir (but not the first book) from RuPaul. The author talked with Tanya Mosly on Fresh Air and was profiled by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker. I have to say I was not expecting Paul to have a security compound in Wyoming.

Paperback Fiction
1. The Berlin Letters, by Katherine Reay (signed copies)
2. The Rabbit Hutch, by Tess Gunty (upcoming book club picks)
3. Old Babes in the Woods, by Margaret Atwood
4. Happy Place, by Emily Henry
5. Circe, by Madeline Miller
6. Goodbye Vitamin, by Rachel Khong (register for May 15 Boswell event)
7. Dune Messiah, by Frank Herbert
8. Empty Theatre, by Jac Jemc
9. Bride, by Ali Hazelwood
10. Weyward, by Emilia Hart

Selling off the new paperback table after a decent run in hardcover is Empty Theatre: A Novel: Or the Lives of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and Empress Sisi of Austria. BookMarks gave it three raves and two positives, though three of them were trade reviews and a fourth was from 4Columns, which I had not previously come across. I read the positive review by Jeremy Lybarger and would have called it mixed. A rave comes from Katy Simpson Smith in The New York Times Book Review: "Modern and mythic, “Empty Theatre captures the outrageous taste of an era while measuring the steep costs of our dream worlds. I could pay 15 euros to see Neuschwanstein again, but I couldn’t live there. I thought this is more of a positive than a rave - this is why I hate giving my reviews rating numbers.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Complications, by Atul Gawande
2. Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton
3. Wisconsin for Kennedy, by BJ Hollards (register for March 19 Boswell event)
4. A Philosophy of Walking, by Frédéric Gros
5. The Way Home, by Ben Katt
6. Have I Told You This Already?, by Lauren Graham (tickets for April 7 Pabst Theater event here)
7. Murdle V1, by GT Karber
8. Great Lakes Water Wars, by Peter Annin (register for April 10 Marquette Law School event)
9. Easy Walks and Paddles in Milwaukee, Jennifer Lemke and Karen Lemke (register for March 27 Boswell event)
10. Hollywood the Oral History, by Jeanine Basinger

Jeanine Basinger's Hollywood: An Oral History has been out in paperback since November, but this is her first appearance on the list. It was wonderful to meet her and hear her talk when she visited for a previous book. Publishers Weekly called it "a fascinating conversation about Hollywood’s magical blending of art and commerce."

Books for Kids:
1. Max in the House of Spies, by Adam Gidwitz
2. The Inquisitors, by Adam Gidwitz
3. Ferris, by Kate DiCamillo
4. Millie, by McCall Hoyle
5. Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix Up, by Melissa Thompson
6. The Prisoner's Throne V2, by Holly Black
7. Finding Bear, by Hannah Gold
8. Peekaboo Farm, by Camilla Reid, illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius
9. The One and Only Ruby, by Katherine Applegate
10. Heroes, by Alan Gratz

Just out this week Ferris, which has two staff recs, from Jen and Tim.  Jen Steele's take: "Funny and heartwarming, these characters jumped off the page for me and captured my heart." And from Horn Book: "The limited third-person narration glimpses other lives but never dwells on them, thus leaving Ferris's honest, pre-adolescent perspective to drive the story line. As Clarisse tells Ferris, 'Every good story is a love story.' Here, DiCamillo adeptly proves this axiom."

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