Sunday, April 17, 2022

Boswell bestseller bloggareeno - week ending April 16, 2022

Boswell is open 10 am to 5 pm today. Here are this week's bestsellers.
Hardcover Fiction:
1. Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St John Mandel
2. The Cartographers, by Peng Shepherd (More on April 18 event here)
3. Time Is a Mother, by Ocean Vuong
4. Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus
5. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
6. The Runaway, by Nick Petrie
7. The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
8. Danger on the Atlantic, by Erica Ruth Neubauer
9. Crossroads, by Jonathan Franzen
10. The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles (Tickets for May 20 event here)

In its second week of sale, Bonnie Garmus's Lessons in Chemistry jumps into our top 10. This Good Morning America book club selection has gotten mostly great reviews (with the notable exception of increasingly grumpy Publishers Weekly). Here's Karen Heller in The Washington Post: "Like Laura Ingalls Wilder and Judith Krantz, Bonnie Garmus is a latecomer to the literary scene. This week she publishes her first book - the sparkling novel Lessons in Chemistry - days shy of her 65th birthday. Hurray for this! If we’re going to continually fuss over newly minted MFA wunderkinds landing two-book deals, let us also raise a glass - or, better yet, Garmus’s book - in honor of this rarer breed of first-time novelists. With Lessons in Chemistry, Garmus, a venerable copywriter and creative director, delivers an assured voice, an indelible heroine and several love stories - that of a mother for her daughter, a woman for science, a dog for a child, and between a woman and man."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Atlas of the Heart, by Brené Brown
2. Still Just a Geek, by Wil Wheaton
3. Bittersweet, by Susan Cain (register for April 20 event here)
4. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
5. The 1619 Project, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times
6. We Don't Know Ourselves, by Fintan O'Toole
7. Different, by Frans De Waal
8. How the Word Is Passed, by Clint Smith
9. Sicker in the Head, by Judd Apatow
10. Freezing Order, by Bill Browder

Frans De Waal's Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatoloist has been reviewed in The New York Times and elsewhere. From the starred Kirkus: "World-renowned primatologist de Waal draws on a long career of investigating chimpanzees and bonobos - both equally close to humans genetically - to argue with wit and clarity against assumptions about sex and gender that generate inequality. With anthropoid apes his main focus, the author also looks to many other species (mice, tortoises, marmosets, and whales, among them) for evidence in responding to salient questions: Does the behavior of men and women differ naturally, or is it culturally determined? ... Engaging, enlightening, and deeply informative."

Paperback Fiction:
1. Shady Hollow, by Juneau Black (Register for May 6 in-person and broadcast event here)
2. Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel
3. Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro
4. The House in the Cerulean Sea, by TJ Klune
5. The Glass Hotel, by Emily St John Mandel
6. Circe, by Madeline Miller
7. The Coyotes of Carthage, by Steven Wright (Register for April 27 in person event here)
8. Purple Hibiscus, by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie
9. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
10. To Marry and to Meddle, by Martha Waters

Last Year Rachel did a great conversation with Martha Waters, author of To Love and to Loathe (which you can watch here). To Marry and to Meddle, the next book in the series, came out on April 5 and with sales increasing in week two, it jumps into our top 10 for the first time. Library Journal notes: "Fans of Waters's Regency Vows series will be thrilled to see oh-so-proper Emily, the third member of a trio of friends, come into her own and attain her much deserved happily-ever-after in this latest installment." Continues Kirkus: "Waters' latest is awash with light, witty banter, unadulterated confessions of love, and plenty of steamy, corset-unraveling sex scenes. Emily's happy ending mercifully involves a lot less plotting than those of Waters' previous heroines, and all the feline hijinks brought about by Cecil Lucifer Beelzebub Turner-Belfry adds to the sweet, cozy feelings you can't help but revel in while reading this book. A charming London romp perfect for theater nerds, cat lovers, and hopeless romantics."

It should also be noted that the Vintage imprint has four of our top five titles on this list.  

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
2. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
3. The Reign of Wolf 21, by Rick McIntyre
4. Broken Horses, by Brandi Carlile
5. Giannis, by Mirin Fader
6. Forest Walking, by Peter Wohlleben
7. The Quaking of America, by Resmaa Menakem
8. Tokyo Vice, by Jake Adelstein
9. Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
10. We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimananda Nogozi Adichie

Resmaa Menakem follows up My Grandmother's Hands with The Quaking of America: An Embodied Guide to Navigating Our Nation's Upheaval and Racial Reckoning, which officially was published this week. This former Milwaukeean has gotten enthusiastic quotes from folks such as Michael Eric Dyson, who wrote, "Resmaa Menakem is one of our country's most gifted racial healers. His brilliant new book could not be more timely - a volume our country, our bodies, and our humanity desperately need. The Quaking of America offers wisdom and liberation, not only for Black, Brown, or Indigenous folk, but for all Americans."

Books for Kids:
1. Cat Kid Comic Club On Purpose V3, by Dav Pilkey
2. The Ultimate Biography of Earth, by Nick Lund, illustrations by Jason Ford
3. The Overground Railroad, Young Adult Adaptation, by Candacy Taylor
4. The Ogress and the Orphans, by Kelly Barnhill
5. Hotel Magnifique, by Emily J Taylor
6. The Lost Dreamer, by Lizz Huerta
7. Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee, by Barbara Joosse, illustrations by Renée Graef
8. Flames of Hope V15, by Tui T Sutherland
9. Starla Jean, Elana K Arnold
10. Starla Jean Takes the Cake, by Elana K Arnold

Hotel Magnifique is a new YA (recommended for 12 and up) that pops into our top 10 on its second week out. I don't see one yet, but it seems like the kind of book that Jenny might have a rec for. We also have a friend at Alliance Française who reads in the genre, so if she hasn't read it yet, I'd recommend it to her. From Kirkus: Taylor eloquently builds an immersive, believable world of magic, heavily influenced by French culture and brimming with interesting characters readers will grow to love and care about as they solve the mysteries of the hotel and free themselves from their gilded cage. The complex characters who evolve throughout the story are diverse in skin color, body type, sexual orientation, and financial means. Even those well read in the genre will enjoy some genuine surprises. A wondrous read for anyone searching for a bit of magic"

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