Sunday, August 14, 2016

What's showing up on the Boswell annotated bestseller lists for the week ending August 13, 2016?

Here's what sold at Boswell this week.

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
2. Heroes of the Frontier, by Dave Eggers
3. Black Widow, by Daniel Silva
4. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
5. The Devils of Cardona, by Matthew Carr
6. Night of the Animals, by Bill Broun
7. War and Turpentine, by Stefan Hertmans
8. Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley
9. Miss Jane, by Brad Watson
10. Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

Connie Ogle writes in the Miami Herald that "The calendar year hasn’t even slipped into September, and Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is already being talked about as the book of the year (and that’s with a slew of big books heading our way in the fall, including works from Ann Patchett, Zadie Smith and Jonathan Safran Foer..." She went on to note that Mr. Foer will be appearing in Miami for his new novel, Here I Am which Boswellian Chris has read and several other booksellers are in the middle's long.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Fail U, by Charles J. Sykes
2. Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round, by Ron Faiola
3. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond (appearing at Mercy Housing fundraiser 11/2)
4. Good Stock, by Sanford D'Amato (appearing at WWIBC lunch 12/2)
5. America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook (Jack Bishop at Boswell Thu 11/20, 7 pm)
6. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
7. Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, by John Gurda
8. Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
9. John Bascom and the Origins of the Wisconsin Idea, by J. David Hoeveler (event Wed 9/7, 7 pm)

The hardcover bestseller list is driven by both today and tomorrow's events, I guess. Here's more information on the WWIBC lunch with Sanford D'Amato on December 2. Tickets are $65 for this event. And for Matthew Desmond's talk at the Live in Hope Reception on November 2, visit the Mercy Housing website. Tickets for that fundraiser are $50. Desmond will also be appearing in Madison. We'll be at both events, selling Good Stock and Evicted, respectively.

Paperback Fiction:
1. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
2. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
3. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
4. The Only Ones, by Carola Dibbell (the next SF group book club selection)
5. The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
6. The Drifter, by Nicholas Petrie
7. Sister Carrie Penguin Classic edition, by Theodore Dreiser (in store lit group Florentine presentation, October 3, 7 pm)
8. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
9. She Weeps Each Time You're Born, by Quan Barry (in store lit group, Tues 9/6, 7 pm)
10. The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman

I think we'll be adding Alice Hoffman's The Marriage of Opposites to our fall book club presentations. It's a historical novel about Camille Pissarro's mother. After a number of historicals, From Wendy Smith in The Washington Post: "Like her most recent novels, this story is grounded in historical events and assiduous research, but Hoffman goes a step beyond The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things by taking real-life figures as her protagonists. Staying close to the known facts about the artist Camille Pissarro and his parents, she forcefully imagines their interior lives and surrounds them with a full-bodied supporting cast of characters." I read that Hoffman's next novel, Faithful, out November 1, is a throwback contemporary.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Going for Wisconsin Gold, by Jessie Garcia
2. Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
3. You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero
4. One Bead at a Time, by Beverly Little Thunder (Event Fri 8/19, 7 pm)
5. Fast and Easy Five Ingredient Recipes, by Philia Kelnhofer
6. Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow
7. America's Test Kitchen Kitchen Hacks
8. Rebel Yell, by S.C. Gwynne
9. My Life with the Green and Gold, by Jessie Garcia
10. Cream City Chronicles, by John Gurda

After a sleeper hit turned monster breakout from Running Press, Jen Sincero has moved to Viking, following up You Are a Badass with You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth. Yes, you can preorder it. Per the publisher, Sincero looks at "how powerful thoughts shape our income potential and the ways in which our bank accounts are mirrors for our bugaboos about money." It's slightly different positioning for this former rock drummer and sex advice columnist, as you can see in this Carolyn Kellogg profile in the Los Angeles Times.

Books for Kids:
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2, by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
2. The Hollow Earth V1, by John and Carole E. Barrowman
3. The Bone Quill V2, by John and Carole E. Barrowman
4. The Book of Beasts V3, by John and Carole E. Barrowman
5. Stories from Bug Garden, by Lisa Moser with illustrations by Gwen Millward (event Sun 8/28, 2 pm, at Boswell)
6. I Am a Bunny, by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry
7. Julia's House for Lost Creatures, by Ben Hatke (event at Cudahy Library, Tuesday 10/4, 6:30 pm)
8. The School for Good and Evil Ever Never Handbook, by Soman Chainani
9. Alan's Big Scary Teeth, by Peter Jarvis
10. The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown

Several of Boswellian Barb's favorites got hand-sold onto this week's bestseller list. Adam Rubin, whose Dragons Love Tacos has been a huge hit, reviewed The Wild Robot in The New York Times Book Review. He wrote: "These are just a few purely hypothetical examples, but the sad truth for ­picture-book authors is, if we want the word people to accept us as one of their own, we eventually have to write a book that doesn’t need pictures. So congratulations to Peter Brown, who, with his middle-grade debut, a novel called The Wild Robot, has firmly planted his flag in the middle of the word person/­picture person Venn diagram. We’re all very happy for him and not jealous at all."

Featured in the Tap Books page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is a review of Ghost Talkers, the new novel from Mary Robinette Kowal that has been passing from bookseller to bookseller - so far both Anne McMahon and I have read it. She's coming with Ada Palmer on Wednesday, August 31, 7 pm, for a mini SF con.

Higgins has a lot to say about the Ghost Talkers: "Just as Connie Willis salutes the resilience of Brits in her fiction about England during World War II, Kowal pays similar tribute in this novel through her depiction of grandmotherly Mrs. Richardson and invalided Lt. Plumber, 'unsighted' normal humans who serve as grounds to anchor the Spirit Corps mediums to this world.

"Through Stuyvesant, Kowal also takes on, at times pugnaciously, the classism, sexism and racism of the British Army brass of that time period. The commanding officer won't acknowledge Helen Jackson's leadership of the mediums because she is black. Stuyvesant herself is discounted because she is a woman. A brave soldier is relegated to transportation duty because he is Indian. Each of these will play a vital role in facing the German treachery."

Also in the print edition are Connie Ogle's review of Truly Madly Guilty, originally in the Miami Herald, and a profile of Amber Tozer, author of Sober Stick Figure, by Mary Ann Gwinn, originally appearing in the Seattle Times.

No comments: