Sunday, June 30, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending June 29, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending June 29, 2024

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Glassmaker, by Tracy Chevalier
2. Sandwich, by Catherine Newman
3. Craft, by Ananda Lima
4. The Women, by Kristin Hannah
5. Familiaris, by David Wroblewski
6. The Paradise Problem, by Christina Lauren
7. James, by Percival Everett
8. Table for Two, by Amor Towles
9. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride
10. All the Colors of the Dark, by Chris Whitaker

Chris Whitaker followed Amy Einhorn from Holt to Crown for his latest novel, All the Colors of the Dark. It's got blurbs from Kristin Hannah, Gillian Flynn, Alex Michaelides, and Patricia Cornwell, plus it's the latest selection of the Read with Jenna Book Club. I'm trying to get the plot right and I'm coming up with serial killer epic love story. From Publishers Weekly: "With deeply affecting characters and ambition to spare, Whitaker has conjured a dazzling epic that defies easy categorization. It's astonishing."

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Soul of Civility, by Alexandra Hudson
2. The Backyard Bird Chronicles, by Amy Tan
3. The Demon of Unrest, by Erik Larson
4. On Call, by Anthony Fauci
5. The Anxious Generation, by Jonathan Haidt
6. Wisconsin Supper Clubs, by Ron Faiola
7. American Civil Wars, by Alan Taylor
8. An Unfinished Love Story, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
9. Challenger, by Adam Higgin botham
10. The Situation Room, by George Stephanopoulos

Madi had a staff rec card for Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space, but when she left for Virginia, it was replaced with Jason's recommendation, who notes, " I couldn't put this story down - Higginbotham brilliantly digs out the story and gives us a step-by-step guide for how not to run a space program." It's also got seven raves and a positive from BookMarks, including Rachel Slade's New York Times review: "Higginbotham is an intrepid journalist and skillful storyteller who takes care to humanize the dozens of major and minor players involved in NASA’s many successful, and occasionally catastrophic, space missions."

Paperback Fiction:
1. A Taste for More, by Phyllis R Dixon
2. The Goddess of Warsaw, by Lisa Barr
3. Only One Left, by Riley Sager
4. The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
5. Just for the Summer, Abby Jimenez
6. Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier
7. Intermission, by Phyllis R Dixon
8. Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood
9. The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
10. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin

Phyllis Dixon returned to Milwaukee for an event at East Library with Joan Prince and included a Milwaukee trivia contest. A Taste for More is Dixon's fourth novel, but the first set in Milwaukee. The next one will be in Texas. From Booklist: "Margo is a fictional character, but her journey rings true, and readers will share in both the joy and the pain of a life well lived. It's a sprawling story, full of drama, love, and humor." I agree!

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Beer Can Chicken, by Steven Raichlen
2. Be Prepared to Be Lucky, by Paul Grogan and Kathryn Merchant
3. We Had Fun and Nobody Died, by Amy Waldman and Peter Jest (see upcoming events)
4. A Philosophy of Walking, by Frédéric Gros
5. The Barbecue Bible, by Steven Raichlen
6. The Art Thief, by Michael Finkel
7. Wisconsin for Kennedy, by BJ Hollars
8. The Hundreds Year War on Palestine, by Rashid Khalidi
9. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
10. What an Owl Knows, by Jennifer Ackerman

First week out in paperback for The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession with a nice sale off our new paperback tables. They took the bat off the jacket, which I think is probably a good thing, not that it hurt hardcover sales for us. Nine raves, two positives, and a pan on BookMarks. Often when the one negative review is in The New York Times, it can really damper sales as there are a lot of customers, who don't seem to see anything else. But in this case, not the case. Moria Hodgson had one of the raves in The Wall Street Journal: "As the authorities close in and Breitwieser takes increasing risks, The Art Thief develops the tension of a French policier, where the crook (for whom you alternately feel sympathy and disgust) has Maigret or Poirot hot on his trail. The final outcome is a shock. Mr. Finkel tells an enthralling story. From start to finish, this book is hard to put down."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Children of Anguish and Anarchy V3, by Tomi Adeyemi
2. Buffalo Fluffalo, by Bess Kalb, illustrations by Erin Kraan
3. The Yellow Bus, by Loren Long
4. Peekaboo Moon, by Camilla Reid, illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius
5. Merci Suarez Changes Gears, by Meg Medina
7. The Reappearance of Rachel Price, by Holly Jackson
8. Pete the Cat Screams for Ice Cream, by James Dean
9. The One and Only Family, by Katherine Applegate
10. Seasick, by Kristin Cast

It's been five years since Tomi Adeyemi's last book, but it appears that fans were willing to wait for Children of Anguish and Anarchy. What with all the sprayed edges on genre books these days, it's hard to find a proper two-dimensional jacket for display. And on top of that, volume three won't exactly match volumes one and two - I hear that is a thing. That said, I love these edges, so no complaint from me! And you already probably know that Tomi’s Legacy of Orïsha trilogy is being developed into a feature film with Paramount Pictures. Here's the latest.

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