Sunday, May 26, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending May 25, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending May 25, 2024

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Paradise Problem, by Christina Lauren
2. One Perfect Couple, by Ruth Ware
3. Kittentits, by Holly Wilson
4. The Sicilian Inheritance, by Jo Piazza (Boswell May 30 event)
5. James, by Percival Everettt
6. You Like It Darker, by Stephen King
7. The Guncle Abroad, by Stephen Rowley
8. Funny Story, by Emily Henry
9. The Women, by Kristin Hannah
10. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride

Stephen King's new collection of stories, You Like It Darker, includes five stories never before published. Unlike many authors, it is not unusual for King's stories to be adapted for film and streaming, which makes readers wonder, which story will be the next to hit the screen? Booklist says King is "at the height of his powers," while Publishers Weekly writes: "Themes of fate, morality, and heartache crop up again and again in these tightly coiled tales, and King expertly utilizes them to make every twist of the knife all the more terrifying. This remarkably assured collection will thrill the author's fans."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Backyard Bird Chronicles, by Amy Tan (MPL June 13 event)
2. The Demon of Unrest, by Erik Larson
3. What This Comedian Said Will Shock You, by Bill Maher
4. The Anxious Generation, by Jonathan Haidt
5. Earth, by DK
6. While You Were Out, by Meg Kissinger
7. Look Away, by Jacob Kushner
8. Rebel Girl, by Kathleen Hanna
9. Get Honest or Die Trying, by Charlamagne the God
10. In My Time of Dying, by Sebastian Junger

Get Honest or Die Trying: Why Small Talk Sucks is the latest from Charlamagne the God, the cohost of The Breakfast Club, a popular national radio show. His writing offers, per Kirkus, "a compellingly honest manifesto about authenticity." From Publishers Weekly: "The most successful selections showcase Charlamagne's comic chops and idiosyncratic thinking, as when he argues that delivering big ideas in a humorous way can encourage people to engage in difficult debates."

Paperback Fiction:
1. Long After We Are Gone, by Terah Shelton Harris
2. The Air He Breathes, by Brittainy Cherry
3. Love and Other Words, by Christina Lauren
4. The True Love Experiment, by Christina Lauren
5. Something Wilder, by Christina Lauren
6. Rouge, by Mona Awad
7. Zero Days, by Ruth Ware
8. The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
9. Days at the Morisaki Bookshop, by Satoshi Yagisawa
10. Murder at the Mena House, by Erica Ruth Neubauer

While local romance writer Brittainy Cherry, author of The Air He Breathes, had not previously appeared at Boswell, she is well known not just here, but in France, where she has the same publisher as Christina Lauren, making her a natural conversation partner for their event. Known for her "emotionally charged, devastating but ultimately cathartic modern romances that are very loosely tied together but easily able to stand alone," the the crowd went crazy. Once we sold out, she signed bookplates. Cherry is often at the top of TikTok "books that make you cry" lists.

If anyone is wondering, I am following British pop music guidelines for compiling this chart, not American.

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Dear Readers and Riders, by Lettie Teague (Boswell June 5 event)
2. Murdle V1, by GT Karber
3. Poverty, by America, by Matthew Desmond
4. Master, Slave, Husband, Wife, by Ilyon Woo
5. Sweet Wild and Vicious, by Jim Higgins
6. The Hundred Years War on Palestine, by Rashid Khalidi
7. A Philosophy of Walking, by Frédéric Gros
8. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
9. Everything I Know About Love, by Dolly Alderton
10. Over My Dead Body, by Greg Melville

Selling off Madi's rec shelf is Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America's Cemeteries, which released in paperback last fall. Per the publisher, "Melville centers cemeteries within a larger cultural history and notes how cemeteries acted as our first city parks and art galleries, some of our earliest conservation projects, symbols for expressions of religious freedom, and the creation of suburban subdivisions, among other topics."

Books for Kids:
1. Finding Things, by Kevin Henkes, illustrations by Laura Dronzek
2. Dog Man V12: The Scarlet Shredder, by Dav Pilkey
3. The One and Only Family, by Katherine Applegate
4. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes
5. Peekaboo Sun, by Camilla Reid, illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius
6. The World and Everything in It, by Kevin Henkes
7. The Wheel of the Year, by Fiona Cook, illustrations by Jessica Roux
8. Kitten's First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes
9. Ursula Upside Down, by Corey R Tabor
10. May You Love and Be Loved, by Cleo Wade

It may be past Earth Day (where this book was displayed), but Fiona Cook's The Wheel of the Year: An Illustrated Guide to Nature's Rhythms continues to sell steadily. From Kirkus: "Cook's obvious wealth of knowledge and care in explaining both the light and dark of the world around us is complemented perfectly by Roux's charming, delicate illustrations of natural objects, critters both cute and crawly, and racially diverse young people. This book is, in a word, immaculate."

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