Sunday, April 9, 2023

Boswell bestsellers, week ending April 8, 2023

Boswell bestsellers, week ending April 8, 2023

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Romantic Comedy, by Curtis Sittenfeld
2. Hello Beautiful, by Ann Napolitano
3. Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus
4. Pineapple Street, by Jenny Jackson
5. Intrigue in Istanbul, by Erica Ruth Neubauer
6. Homecoming, by Kate Morton
7. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt
8. Birnam Wood, by Eleanor Catton
9. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin
10. When in Rome, by Liam Callanan

From the publisher on Homecoming: "The highly anticipated (first in five years) novel from The New York Times bestselling author of The Clockmaker’s Daughter, a sweeping saga with a thrilling mystery at its heart tracing a shocking crime whose effects echo across continents and generations." The Publishers Weekly reviewer called it her best yet.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The New Art of Coffee, by Ryan Castelaz
2. A Fever in the Heartland, by Timothy Egan (Register for April 12 event here)
3. Bad Vibes Only, by Nora McInerny
4. The Devil's Element, by Dan Egan
5. Poverty, by America, by Matthew Desmond (Register for May 23 MPL event here)
6. All the Presidents' Gardens, by Marta McDowell
7. Smitten Kitchen Keepers, by Deb Perelman
8. Outlive, by Peter Attia with Bill Gifford
9. Building Boys, by Jennifer LW Fink (Register for April 11 event here)
10. The Nation That Never Was, by Kermit Roosevelt III

It's always a bit of a nail biter when you host a launch event for a book that has a street smart date; that is, a book where you're required not to sell the book early, as opposed to the old fashioned pub date, where the book goes on sale when it shows up. And so it's a good thing that the publisher put through our event order for Ryan Castelaz's The New Art of Coffee, as our original stock order for the book didn't show up until Wednesday, the day after our April 4 event. I met up with Ryan at Discourse Coffee Workshop after the event and got our stock signed. Castelaz told us the book is ranked #2 on the coffee and tea list of a major bestseller list.

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Killer Speech, by Kevin Kluesner
2. The Candy House, by Jennifer Egan
3. Groundskeeping, by Lee Cole
4. The Killer Sermon, by Kevin Kluesner
5. Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
6. Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers, by Jesse Q Sutanto
7. The Cartographers, by Peng Shepherd
8. A Court of Thorn and Roses, by Sarah J Maas
9. The Maid, by Nita Prose
10. The Last to Vanish, by Megan Miranda

Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers made the April 2023 Indie Next list and has a staff rec from Boswellian Jen Steele: "I enjoyed every moment and found myself rooting for Vera at every turn." And Tristan Draper for School Library Journal calls her latest, "A mystery with warmth, humor, and many descriptions of delicious teas and foods. Recommended for fans of Sutanto and of character-driven cozy mysteries."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei (Tickets for April 18 UWM event here)
2. Fighting Times, by Jon Melrod (Register for April 19 Boswell event here)
3. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
4. All About Love, by bell hooks
5. Brewtown Tales, by John Gurda
6. Body Horror, by Elizabeth Anne Moore
7. It's Okay to Laugh, by Nora McInerny
8. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan
9. Last Call at the Hotel Imperial, by Deborah Cohen
10. Invisible Child, by Andrea Elliott

Deborah Cohen visited Boswell to discuss Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took on a World at War in hardcover. She's coming back to Milwaukee for the College Endowment Association lecture series, but not until the 2023-2024 season. From Krithika Varagur in The New Yorker: "Last Call is as effervescent, for more than four hundred pages, as its winsome and hyperactive characters, and it blends scholarly attention to ideas like psychoanalysis and Wilsonian liberal internationalism with novelistic renderings of these writers’ dizzying trajectories abroad. Group biographies sometimes fail to congeal, but the members of this cohort did in fact have deeply enmeshed lives."

Books for Kids:
1. Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea V11, by Dav Pilkey
2. Peekaboo Chick, by Camilla Reid, illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius
3. I Am a Bunny, by Ole Risom, illustrations by Richard Scarry
4. Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee, by Barbara Joosse, illustrations by Renée Graef
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Garden Friends, by Eric Carle
6. Dog Man V1, by Dav Pilkey
7. The Moth Keeper, by K O'Neill
8. What Feelings Do When No One's Looking, by Tina Ozeiwicz, illustrations by Aleksandra Zajac
9. How to Write a Poem, by Kwame Alexander
10. Pete the Cat and the Easter Basket Bandit, by Kimberly and James Dean

Today is Easter and that means the kid bestseller list is filled with chicks and bunnies and Easter baskets. While neither Peekaboo Chick or I Am a Bunny are holiday specific, I'm guessing that the pop is not accidental. More holiday specific is Pete the Cat and the Easter Basket Bandit, and bubbling below the top 10 is Happy Easter, Little Pookie Pookie is a pig, but in this book, he is wearing a rabbit ear hat, much like Louise Belcher.

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