Sunday, May 23, 2021

Boswell bestsellers, week ending May 22, 2021

Here are the Boswell bestsellers for the week ending May 22, 2021.

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
2. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
3. The Summer of Lost and Found, by Mary Alice Monroe (Tickets for May 24 event here)
4. The Hill We Climb, by Amanda Gorman
5. Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishigruo
6. The Paris Library, by Janet Skeslien Charles
7. While Justice Sleeps, by Stacey Abrams
8. China, by Edward Rutherfurd
9. The Great Circle, by Maggie Shipstead (Register for June 8 event here)
10. The Last Thing He Told Me, by Laura Dave

Unless you've been under a log, you probably know that Stacey Abrams, author of the #1 NYT bestseller While Justice Sleeps, is coming to the Riverside in September. It's not our event, but tickets available here. Rom Richard North Patterson in The New York Times: "It is therefore small surprise that explicitly partisan politics plays little role, and that Abrams stints on judicial ideology. Still, her enterprise impresses on several counts: that she is willing to risk the jaundiced eye of readers unsympathetic to her public career; that she has the stuff to assay fiction in a new and challenging genre; and that amid an exceedingly busy life she cares enough about the form to undertake the demanding business of turning an idea into a novel. So the only fair question is not what she might have written, but whether she succeeds on the terms she set herself."

Laura Dave also hit #1 with The Last Thing He Told Me after being named the current selection of the Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine book club*. From Seija Rankin in Entertainment Weekly: "Fans of Dave's work — she's known for bestsellers like Eight Hundred Grapes, a marriage tale told against the backdrop of Sonoma wine country, and Hello, Sunshine, which follows a culinary star's fall from grace — will recognize the addictive nature of her prose in Last Thing. But the propulsive plot feels as new as it does exciting. The origins date back to Dave's early-aughts obsession with the Enron scandal and, more specifically, her desire to answer the question: What happens when we trust the people in our lives despite all evidence to the contrary?"

*Coincidentally, Dave wrote a novel called Hello Sunshine.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Anthropocene Reviewed, by John Green
2. How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X Kendi
3. Reaganland, by Rick Perlstein
4. Frank Lloyd Wright's Forgotten House, by Nicholas D Hayes
5. Refugee, by Emmanuel Mboelela
6. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
7. Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson
8. Punch Me Up to the Gods, by Brian Broome (Register for May 25 event here)
9. The Bookseller of Florence, by Ross King
10. The Premonition, by Michael Lewis
11. The Bomber Mafia, by Malcolm Gladwell
12. Freedom, by Sebastian Junger (Tickets for June 7 event here)
13. The Secret to Superhuman Strength, by Alison Bechdel
14. Notes on Grief, by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie
15. Noise, by Daniel Kahneman

When it comes to John Green, it's often his fans who have to explain the details of The Anthropocene Reviewed, his newest release to me. "Every copy in the first printing is signed," one of our customers explained when I said I'd make sure she'd get one of our signed copies. From Adam Frank on the NPR website: "Now we live in the Great Acceleration, also known as the Anthropocene, where even the Earth gets updates to its apps. Change (like global warming and pandemics) is the hallmark of this new era. How to live in the midst its uncertainty without falling into despair is the open question. In his new book, The Anthropocene Reviewed, John Green uses humor, wisdom and a keen sense of connections to offer us something like an answer."

Paperback Fiction:
1. Nothing to Lose, by Kim Suhr
2. Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu
3. Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell
4. Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
5. Squeeze Me, by Carl Hiaasen
6. The Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
7. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, by Deepa Anappara
8. Leonard and Hungry Paul, by Rónán Hession
9. Sharks in the Time of Saviors, by Kawai Strong Washburn
10. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

This year's Edgar Award winner for best novel is Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara. Hannah Beckerman writes in The Guardian: "Anappara’s debut novel is part detective story, part coming-of-age tale, with a powerful undercurrent of social commentary. The basti where Jai lives is a place of oppressive streets and ramshackle houses: 'I look at our house with upside-down eyes and count five holes in our tin roof. There might be more but I can’t see them because the black smog outside has wiped the stars off the sky.' Anappara seduces us with tastes and smells, reminding us that even within this environment, where pollution weighs heavy in the air and scavenging from the local landfill is commonplace, there is still beauty and enjoyment in food: 'Ma gathers ginger and garlic slivers and throws them into the pan, followed by a pinch of turmeric and coriander and cumin powder.'"

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood, by Christopher Emdin
2. Thomas Merton: An Introduction to His Life, Teachings, and Practices, by Jon M Sweeney
3. New York Times Cooking No Recipe Recipes, by Sam Sifton
4. American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin, by Charles Hagner
5. A Hidden History of Milwaukee, by Robert Tanzilo
6. Tasting Beer, by Randy Mosher
7. Ex-Girlfriend of My Ex-Girlfriend, by Maddy Court
8. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
9. The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp
10. The Happiest Toddler on the Block, by Harvey Karp

We should have signed copies of Thomas Merton: An Introduction to His Life, Teaching, and Practices, by Jon M Sweeney and if we're out, we can get more. It's Sweeney's second entry in St Martin's Essentials series. This imprint was formed by Joel Fotinos in 2018 after he stepped down from TarcherPerigee. At the time, Sally Richardson noted in Publishers Weekly: "It goes beyond what most people think of as mind-body-spirit—it’s a lifestyle line, with books to help people live as fully as possible, mentally, spiritually, and physically." While we won't be hosting Sweeney for this book, we'll be doing something for his next, Feed the Wolf: Befriending Our Fears in the Way of Saint Francis, which comes out in September.

Books for Kids:
1. The One Thing You'd Save, by Linda Sue Park/Robert Sae Heng
2. The Playbook, by Kwame Alexander
3. Becoming Young Readers Edition, by Michelle Obama
4. Stamped, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi
5. Separate Is Never Equal, by Duncan Tonatiuh
6. A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park
7. Aru Shah and the End of Time, by Roshani Chokshi
8. The Museum of Everything, by Lynne Rae Perkins
9. A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
10. Undocumented, by Duncan Tonatiuh

Out for the second week is Lynne Rae Perkins's The Museum of Everything, a picture book. From a starred Booklist: "Some pages are photographed 3-D models, producing the look of a dollhouse or bitmoji room; other spreads are painted more traditionally. The result is a marvel of creativity, engaging children in thinking about whether they would have a Museum of Small Things or a Museum of Hiding Places or perhaps museums of shadows or islands? Whatever causes you to pause, appreciate, contemplate, and enjoy - that's what belongs in your own Museum of Everything."

Over at the Journal Sentinel, Jim Higgins offers 40 books for summer reading! Hopiong we have a display up for this shortly.

No comments: