Sunday, May 19, 2024

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending May 18, 2024

Boswell bestsellers for the week ending May 18, 2024

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Real Americans, by Rachel Khong (signed copies)
2. The Women, by Kristin Hannah
3. All Fours, by Miranda July
4. Funny Story, by Emily Henry
5. Kittentits by Holly Wilson (Boswell May 23 event)
6. Table for Two, by Amor Towles
7. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride
8. Long Island, by Colm Toibin
9. James, by Percival Everett
10. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt

It's seven raves on BookMarks for All Fours, the second novel from Miranda July. I read something, but apparently that was a short story collection. From Shelf Awareness: "Whether it's directing films or performing in them, fashioning visual art, or writing, Miranda July (The First Bad Man) has demonstrated she's a multitalented creative. That talent manifests itself again in her second novel, All Fours, an unconventional but engaging story about one woman's attempt to navigate the sometimes perilous passage through the middle years"

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Look Away, by Jacob Kushner
2. The Demon of Unrest, by Erik Larson
3. Burn Book, by Kara Swisher
4. A Short Guide to a Happy Life, by Anna Quindlen
5. The Situation Room, by George Stephanopoulos
6. Rebel Girl, by Kathleen Hanna
7. Six Pack, by Brad Balukjian
8. My Life in Seventeen Books, by Jon M Sweeney
9. The Age of Magical Overthinking, by Amanda Montell
10. This Is Water, by David Foster Wallace

Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk chronicles Kathleen Hanna's life in the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. Library Journal called it "a raucous, rousing tale about the power of music and activism." And from Michael Calderone in Vanity Fair: "Rebel Girl is Hanna in full: politically radical, funny, and fearless. Just as Hanna has never held back as a performer, she writes unflinchingly." Three raves and three positives in BookMarks, but the publisher has several annotations on their website that haven't been captured, including a positive one from Town and Country, which is a bit ironic, isn't it?

Paperback Fiction:
1. Goodbye, Vitamin, by Rachel Khong
2. Can't Spell Treason Without Tea V1, by Rebecca Thorne
3. Birnam Wood, by Eleanor Catton
4. This Summer Will Be Different, by Carley Fortune
5. Venomous Lumpsucker, by Ned Beauman
6. When the Moon Hatched, by Sarah A Parker
7. The Cartographers, by Peng Shepherd (Boswell July 11 event)
8. A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J Maas
9. Honey Witch, by Sydney J Shields
10. Rouge, by Mona Awad

Rebecca Thorne's bestseller features a queen and her private guard who open a book and tea shop. From Booklist: "Can't Spell Treason without Tea might best be described by quoting the grandfather from cult classic The Princess Bride, since the book does contain 'fighting, torture, revenge . . .monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.' This book was a self-publishing hit that has now gotten the full Bramble treatment, including turquoise edges. For fans of the Travis Baldree cozy fantasies.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Master Slave Husband Wife, by Ilyon Woo
2. Poverty, by America, by Matthew Desmond
3. The Philosophy of Walking, by Frédéric Gros
4. Dear Readers and Riders, by Lettie Teague (Boswell June 5 event)
5. Milwaukee in Stone and Clay, by Raymond Wiggers
6. Sweet, Wild and Vicious, by Jim Higgins
7. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
8. Beyond Ethnic Loneliness, by Prasanta Verma
9. Pathogenesis, by Jonathan Kennedy
10. The Light We Carry, by Michelle Obama

After 18 months in hardcover, Michelle Obama's second book, The Light We Carry, edges into our top ten. To me, paperback publishing is a conundrum nowadays - the longer you wait, the less of a splash you will have, but if it means a longer run for the hardcover, that probably more than makes up for it. Long gone are the days of paperback contracts, where publication a year after hardcover pub date was a common clause. I am also intrigued that her photo was on the hardcover, but the paperback jacket is a type design. From Douglas Brinkley in The Boston Globe: "A complex, accomplished life recounted with confidence and candor . . . Every page sparkles with directness and grace."

Books for Kids:
1. The One and Only Family V4, by Katherine Applegate (signed copies)
2. The One and Only Bob V2, by Katherine Applegate
3. The One and Only Ivan V1, by Katherine Applegate
4. Everything Sad Is Untrue, by Daniel Nayeri
5. Finding Things, by Kevin Henkes, illustrations by Laura Dronzek (Boswell event today at 4 pm)
6. Patron Saints of Nothing, by Randy Ribay
7. Dear You, Dream Big, by Baptiste Paul, illustrations by Toni D Chambers
8. Buffalo Fluffalo, by Bess Kalb, illustrations by Erin Kraan
9. Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee, by Barbara Joosse, illustrations by Renée Graef
10. Dog Man V1: The Scarlet Shredder, by Dav Pilkey

In addition to her public event at Brookfield East Elementary, Katherine Applegate also visited two area schools to talk about her beloved series of novels based on a real gorilla. The One and Only Family is the final entry in the One and Only series and one should caveat that in real life, Ivan wasn't able to have kids. From the starred Booklist: " This is a satisfying send off, and readers will want to reread the whole series to share the laughs and the tears surrounding this memorable band of buddies one more time.

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