Sunday, June 23, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending June 22, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending June 22, 2024

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Same as It Ever Was, by Claire Lombardo
2. Sandwich, by Catherine Newman
3. The War Begins in Paris, by Theodore Wheeler
4. James, by Percival Everett
5. The Sicilian Inheritance, by Jo Piazza
6. One Perfect Couple, by Ruth Ware
7. North Woods, by Daniel Mason
8. Familiaris, by David Wroblewski
9. Farewell Amethystine V16, by Walter Mosley
10. The Women, by Kristin Hannah

Set in 1970 Los Angeles, Farewell, Amethystine is the latest Easy Rawlins mystery. Four positives in BookMarks, including this from EA Aymar in The Washington Post: " When Amethystine’s husband is found dead and enemies emerge from the shadows, Rawlins realizes that the case extends far beyond the confines of a marriage. And Mosley’s beloved protagonist, dealing with the recurrent visions of his past and the complications of trust in his present, is credibly faced with losing the identity he’s carefully constructed...The space that Mosley occupies in literature is distinctly his own, but his efforts and immense talent have afforded others the chance to join him."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Good Judgment, by Richard Davis
2. On Call, by Anthony Fauci
3. Holding It Together, by Jessica Calarco
4. The Demon of Unrest, by Erik Larson
5. An Unfinished Love Story, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
6. A Walk in the Park, by Kevin Fedarko
7. The Backyard Bird Chronicles, by Amy Tan
8. The Creative Act, by Rick Rubin
9. When the Clock Broke, by John Ganz
10. Challenger, by Adam Higginbotham

Our buyer was curious as to whether readers would respond to Anthony Fauci's memoir, On Call: A Doctor's Journey into Public Service, but at least here, there was a nice pop. Fauci has a similar BookMarks profile (3 positives) includng a New York Times review from Alexandra Jacobs: "On Call is a well-pressed gray flannel suit of a book with a white coat buttoned over it: a calm reply to deranged calls for this distinguished public servant’s head on a pike. Is it measured and methodical in sections? Sure. So is science."

Paperback Fiction:
1. Not in Love, by Ali Hazelwood
2. The Most Fun We Ever Had, by Claire Lombardo
3. The Three Body Problem, by Cixin Liu
4. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
5. Happy Place, by Emily Henry
6. The Goddess of Warsaw, by Lisa Barr (Shully's June 27 event)
7. To & Fro, by Leah Hager Cohen
8. The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
9. A Death in Door County, by Annelise Ryan
10. Restoring Prairie, by Margaret Rozga

To & Fro is, per the publisher, "a tale of two girls - one living in a parable, the other in Manhattan - each half of the tale is published back-to-back," much the way Carol Sheilds's Happenstance was published in the United States. Two raves, a positive, and a mixed in BookMarks, with the rave being from Wendy Smith in The Washington Post: "Its two storylines form a satisfying jigsaw puzzle of cleverly interlocking parts, yet these separate narratives, each following a young girl in search of something she can’t quite define, are also profoundly mysterious, charged with the conviction that many aspects of life cannot — and should not — be explained. Cohen sends both her protagonists on odysseys that lead not to conclusions but to 'Two Beginnings and No End.'"

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. We Had Fun and Nobody Died, by Amy Waldman and Peter Jest (Events July 13 and 20 - see upcoming event page for details)
2. Grief Is a Sneaky Bitch, by Lisa Keefauver (Boswell July 29 event)
3. What an Owl Knows, by Jennifer Ackerman
4. Random Acts of Medicine, by Anupam B Jena and Christopher Worsham
5. Murdle V1, by GT Karber
6. Baseball 100, by Joe Posnanski
7. Noodles Rice and Everything Spice, by Christina De Witte
8. Fatherland, by Burkhard Bilger
9. Poverty, by America, by Matthew Desmond
10. Fire Weather, by John Valliant

I just wrote to Jason and asked for Random Acts of Medicine: The Hidden Forces That Sway Doctors, Impact Patients, and Shape Our Health to go back on my staff rec shelf when it has finished it's run on our new paperback table. All you have to do is quote Alex Tabarrok, writing in The Wall Street Journal: "Jena and Worsham are the Freakonomicists of the medical realm." If you would like to hand-sell a book to me, just say it's the Freakanomics of just about anything.

Books for Kids:
1. Good Night Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann
2. King Bidgood's in the Bathroom, by Audrey Wood
3. Piggies, by Audrey Wood
4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See board book, by Bill Martin, illustrations by Eric Carle
5. Children Just Like Me, from DK
6. Past Present Future, by Rachel Lynn Solomon
7. Buffalo Fluffalo, by Bess Kalb, illustrations by Erin Kraan
8. The Rabbit Listened, by Cori Doerrfeld
9. Ferris, by Kate DiCamillo
10. Call Forth the Fox, by Markelle Grabo

Shelf Awareness describes Call Forth the Fox as such: "Markelle Grabo remakes the classic 'Snow White, Rose Red' fairy tale into an imaginative fantasy affair, filled with faeries, animal transformations, and family secrets." Kirkus calls this "An enchanting adventure anchored by a queer romance; this is a welcome spin on a familiar story."

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