Sunday, February 26, 2023

(Some) Boswell bestsellers for the week ending February 25, 2023

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending February 25, 2023

Hardcover Fiction:
1. I Have Some Questions for You, by Rebecca Makkai
2. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin
3. Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver
4. Victory City, by Salman Rushdie
5. How to Sell a Haunted House, by Grady Hendrix
6. Someone Else's Shoes, by Jojo Moyes
7. Trust, by Hernan Diaz
8. Really Good Actually, by Monica Heisey
9. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt
10. All This Could Be Different, by Sarah Thankam Mathews

Our big debut this week is Rebecca Makkai's I Have Some Questions for You, which follows up her prize-winning The Great Believers. Makkai is the featured speaker of the Milwaukee Public Library Literary Lunch on April 27. Tickets are going on sale in early March. According to Book Marks, this was also the best reviewed fiction book of last week, with nine raves and three positive reviews. And we're not talking review organs you've never heard of, but Tom Nolan in The Wall Street Journal, who called the book "enthralling," and Ron Charles in The Washington Post, who wrote: "All of this makes I Have Some Questions for You a kind of meta murder mystery that deconstructs its own tropes. Bodie’s voice, so nakedly candid and bravely confessional, is absolutely convincing. I felt as captivated as though someone were whispering this whole novel just to me. By the end, it’s not the brutality of Thalia’s case that’s so terrifying, it’s the commonness of it."

We'll have the live ticket link on our upcoming events page.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Great Escape, by Saket Soni
2. It's OK to Be Angry About Capitalism, by Bernie Sanders
3. The Climate Book, by Greta Thunberg
4. Young Forver, by Mark Hyman
5. The Light We Carry, by Michelle Obama
6. Beaverland, by Leila Philip
7. B.F.F., by Christie Tate (Register for March 10 in-person event here)
8. The Half Known Life, by Pico Iyer
9. Wintering, by Katherine May (Enchantment comes out on Tuesday!)
10. Iron and Blood, by Peter H Wilson

Bernie Sanders, with the help of Madisonian John Nichols, offers in It's OK to Be Angry About Capitalism, per the publisher, "a blueprint for addressing and changing the growing income and wealth inequalities in America." Zoe Williams in The Guardian writes "...his book is easily as frustrating and depressing as it is galvanising and uplifting; reading one story or statistic after another, about growing inequality, child poverty, financial insecurity – 77% of Americans are now anxious about their financial situation – one’s very lack of surprise reinforces a sense of hopelessness."

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Adventure Zone V5: The Eleventh Hour, by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Justin McElroy, with illustrations by Carey Pietsch
2. Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
3. The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
4. Night of the Living Rez, by Morgan Talty
5. The Paris Apartment, by Lucy Foley
6. The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, by Shehan Karunatilaka
7. The Maid, by Nita Prose
8. The Thursday Night Murder Club, by Richard Osman
9. The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich
10. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, by Sangu Mandanna

When I'm writing up titles, our inventory database includes the lead writer but no featured cowriters or illustrators. I would update our info on The Eleventh Hour, the latest Adventure Zone entry, but I simply don't have enough room. Per the publisher: "Based on the blockbuster podcast where the McElroy brothers and their dad play a tabletop RPG, and illustrated by cartooning powerhouse Carey Pietsch, The Adventure Zone: The Eleventh Hour is a thrilling new chapter in this #1 New York Times bestselling series." About this entry, though you'd hardly start here: "The Bureau of Balance has located yet another Grand Relic, and this time it’s...time? A small mining town called Refuge has been locked away behind an arcane bubble, and somewhere inside it the Temporal Chalice is causing unknown mayhem."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan (The March 7 event is at capacity)
2. Brewtown Tales, by John Gurda
3. The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
4. All About Love, by bell hooks
5. Dancing with History, by George Lakey (Register for February 27 in-person event here)

Yes, we're at capacity on Dan Egan's Schlitz Audubon Nature Center program for The Devil's Element. Needless to say, interest has been reawakened in Egan's previous book, The Death and life of the Great Lakes. In just two months of 2023, we've sold more than half of what we old of the book in all of 2022. We're hoping to be able to announce another program soon.

Books for Kids:
1. The Assignment, by Liza Weimer
2. City of the Dead V4: City Spies, by James Ponti
3. Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee, by Barbara Joosse, illustrations by Renée Graef
4. Legendborn V1, by Tracy Deonn
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Easter Egg Hunt, by Eric Carle (Register for Very Hungry Caterpillar visit on March 8 here)

This week's list includes older bulk orders and combining that with not a great weather situation, several of this week's bestseller lists are abbreviated. One series that popped well this week with a new release is James Ponti's City of the Dead, volume four in City of Spies series. He's visited Milwaukee for school visits for a past entry, and it looks like he'll be back for the newest. I don't think there will be a public event, but we'll let you know if that's changed. Of the series, People Magazine's reviewer called it "Ingeniously plotted, and a grin-inducing delight." I should also note that Ponti is an Edgar Award winner!

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