Sunday, May 15, 2022

Boswell asks, What's sellin', Melvin?

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending May 14, 2022

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt (signed copies available)
2. Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St John Mandel
3. Siren Queen, by Nghi Vo (signed copies available)
4. Search, by Michelle Huneven
5. Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus
6. Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close
7. When Women Were Dragons, by Kelly Barnhill
8. The Book of Night, by Holly Black
9. Overboard V22, by Sara Paretsky
10. Trust, by Hernan Diaz

I think I have previously noted that Jennifer Jackson edited two books that are still in our top 10 - Sea of Tranquility and Marrying the Ketchups. But I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that another editor has a double showing - Lee Boudreaux edited both Lessons in Chemistry from Bonnie Garmus and When Women Were Dragons, by Kelly Barnhill. Barnhill's adult novel comes just a few months after she visited Boswell for her most recent kids title, The Ogress and the Orphans. From Booklist: "On April 25, 1955, 642,987 women transformed spontaneously into dragons - only for the world to turn its back and try to forget it ever happened...In this fantastical satire by acclaimed fantasy author Barnhill...,Alex Green tries to grow up in a world oppressed by a heavy, carefully enforced silence, a world in which young girls are raised amidst tightly wound limitations and underestimation."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Nature's Best Hope, by Douglas W Tallamy
2. Magic Season, by Wade Rouse (signed copies available)
3. The Geography of Wisconsin, by John A Cross
4. Gangsters Vs. Nazis, by Michael Benson
5. The Midwest Survival Guide, by Charlie Berens
6. How the Word Is Passed, by Clint Smith
7. The Wisconsin Supper Clubs Story, by Ron Faiola
8. Atlas of the Heart, by Brené Brown
9. Don't Trust Your Gut, by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
10. Every Good Boy Does Fine, by Jeremy Denk

From two professors of Geography at UW-Oshkosh comes The Geography of Wisconsin, noted by Jim Higgins in the Journal Sentinel as "An engaging introduction to the physical features of this state. Authors John A. Cross and Kazimierz J. Zaniewski, both emeritus professors of geography at UW-Oshkosh, also devote considerable attention to the human geography of Wisconsin, including settlement patterns and economic activity.” Chapters include geology and landforms, natural hazards, settlement-fur trading ad mining, and cultural landscapes and demographics. We ran out our first week but we're hoping to get more in soon.

We just got word that How the Word Is Passed is not coming out in paperback until 2023.  

Paperback Fiction:
1. Book Lovers, by Emily Henry
2. The Glass Hotel, by Emily St John Mandel
3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
4. Shady Hollow, by Juneau Black
5. Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro
6. Leonard and Hungry Paul, by Rónán Hession
7. Once There Were Wolves, by Charlotte McConaghy
8. The Guide, by Peter Heller
9. The Music of Bees, by Eileen Garvin
10. In My Dreams I Hold a Knife, by Ashley Winstead

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife is a reprint of a 2021 thriller that came out in paperback in April. It's set at a class reunion where an unsolved murder fractured the class, with one alum committed to solving the murder. From the Booklist review: "(Ashley)Winstead paints Jessica as an ambitious striver who's been consistently overlooked and a woman unable to fully remember a night she can't forget. Packed with intrigue, scandal, and enough twists and turns to match Donna Tartt's The Secret History, this is a solid psychological-thriller debut."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, by Jason Schreier
2. Gianis, by Mirin Fader
3. Trauma Stewardship, by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky
4. The Splendid and the Vile, by Erik Larson
5. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, by George Saunders
6. Pocket Guide to the Constitution, edited by Andrew Arnold
7. Critical Race Theory, edited by Kimberle Crenshaw et al
8. Midwest Native Plant Primer, by Alan Brenhagen
9. Rand McNally Road Atlas 2023
10. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

George Saunders's writing guide, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, also came out in paperback in April and also finally reached our paperback bestseller list in May. Such is how a trained engineer came to be one of the giants in the field - by studying Chekhov, Gogol, Tolstoy, and Turgenev. From Tessa Hadley in The Guardian: "I love the warmth with which he writes about this teaching, and agree wholeheartedly that there’s not much on earth as good, if you’re that way inclined, as an afternoon spent discussing sublime fiction with a class of eagerly intelligent apprentice writers, saturated in the story and greedy for insight and understanding (everyone saturated and greedy, the teacher along with the rest)."

Books for Kids:
1. The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza, by Mac Barnett, illustrations by Shawn Harris (Register for free event on May 26)
2. The Circus of Stolen Dreams, by Lorelei Savaryn
3. Q and U Call It Quits, by Stef Wade, illustrations by Jorge Martin
4. The Edge of In Between, by Lorelei Savaryn
5. Heartstopper V1, by Alice Oseman
6. Heartstopper V4, by Alice Oseman
7. Heartstopper V2 by Alice Oseman
8. Heartstopper V3, by Alice Oseman
9. A Place for Pluto, by Stef Wade, illustrations by Melanie Demmer
10. I Kissed Shara Wheeler, by Casey McQuiston

The #6 show on Netflix last week is Heartstopper, which was inspired by the graphic novel series that dominates this week's top 10. The series was named best books of the year by the New York and Chicago Public Library systems. A review in the Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books gives a little backstory: "Readers familiar with Oseman's Solitaire (BCCB 5/15) will recognize these formerly minor characters and take comfort in knowing a happy end awaits them, while those who know the online version will appreciate seeing it get the mainstream publisher treatment."

More tomorrow!

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