Sunday, June 9, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending June 8, 2024

Boswell bestsellers, week ending June 8, 2024

Hardcover Fiction:
1. The Women, by Kristin Hannah
2. Table for Two, by Amor Towles
3. Exhibit, by RO Kwon (signed and stamped copies)
4. Mirrored Heavens V3, by Rebecca Roanhorse
5. James, by Percival Everett
6. One Perfect Couple, by Ruth Ware
7. The Comfort of Ghosts, by Jacqueline Winspear
8. Apostles of Mercy V3, by Lindsay Ellis
9. Camino Ghosts V3, by John Grisham
10. Funny Story, by Emily Henry

Mirrored Heavens, by Rebecca Roanhorse has a nice starred Booklist review: "Political intrigue, a war between god-touched avatars, and grand machinations both magical and mundane provide the epic sweep of Roanhorse's finale to her Between Earth and Sky trilogy." Roanhorse has been nominated for the Nebula, Locus, Hugo, and Lambda Awards and received an Alex Award from the American Library Association.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Backyard Bird Chronicles, by Amy Tan (MPL June 13 event)
2. Dane County Farmers Market Cookbook, by Terese Allen
3. The Demon of Unrest, by Erik Larson
4. The Power Foods Diet, by Neal D Barnard (Boswell June 13 event)
5. In the Time of My Dying, by Sebastian Junger
6. When the Sea Came Alive, by Garrett M Graff
7. When Women Ran Fifth Avenue, by Julie Satow
8. The Creative Act, by Rick Rubin
9. Correction, by Ben Austen
10. Star Wars Dad Jokes, by Kelly Knox

I'm not going to ignore a book about department stores (with a caveat that at least two of them were specialty stores) that hits our top ten, so let's give a shout out to When Women Ran Fifth Avenue: Glamour and Power at the Dawn of American Fashion. I found the book quite fascinating! The book got seven positives on BookMarks, including Rachel Tashjian in The Washington Post, which I would have categorized as a rave: "Compelling as their stories are, the book is just as appealing for the details of the bygone wonder that was the mid-century department store. Reading about these too-good-to-be-true spaces feels a bit like reading about the Titanic - freighted as it was with thousands of pounds of bread, a lounge modeled on Versailles and a gym with an electric 'camel,' it’s no wonder the thing sank."

Paperback Fiction"
1. Trust, by Hernan Diaz
2. The River We Remember, by William Kent Krueger (Boswell September 7 event)
3. The Searcher, by Tana French
4. A Question of Time, by Kathleen Dale
5. The Assassin's Bride, by Sarah J Maas
6. Birnam Wood, by Eleanor Catton
7. Horse, by Geraldine Brooks
8. City of Last Chances V1, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
9. Birding with Benefits, by Sarah T Dubb
10. Silver Nitrate, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Take one of the most popular nonfiction subjects, birding, and combine with perhaps the most popular fiction genre, romance, and you've got Birding with Benefits, which hits our top ten this week. From Publishers Weekly: "Dubb pulls off the fake-boyfriend trope with ease and mines her own experiences with birding in Tucson to add authenticity to John's passion. Celeste's bestie, Maria, and John's bestie, Chris, steal every scene they're in, adding humor and a sense of community to the romance. Dubb is a writer to watch."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Dear Readers and Riders, by Lettie Teague (signed copies)
2. It Didn't Start Out That Way, by Judy Bridges (Boswell June 14 event)
3. The Hundred Year's War on Palestine, by Rashid Khalidi
4. Master Slave Husband Wife, by Ilyon Woo
5. John Gurda's Milwaukee, by John Gurda
6. Wisconsin for Kennedy, by BJ Hollars
7. Building, by Mark Ellison
8. Grief Is a Sneaky Bitch, by Lisa Keefauver (Boswell July 29 event)
9. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
10. What an Owl Knows, by Jennifer Ackerman

It's four weeks out for Building: A Carpenter's Notes on Life and Work, and Mark Ellison's carpenter memoir follows in the footsteps of the hardcover by hitting our top ten. I'm told the book has a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance vibe. From Kirkus: "While Ellison is clearly attentive to technical prowess and skillful craft, his real subjects are philosophy and the existential aspects of living in the modern world. In a prologue, the author calls it a 'book for people who are interested in doing anything well.'"

Books for Kids:
1. Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids, by Megan Olivia Hall
2. The End is Just the Beginning, by Mike Bender
3. Oh the Places You'll Go, by Dr Seuss
4. Magic Tree House V1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, by Mary Pope Osborne
5. Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, by Richard Scarry
6. Powerless, by Lauren Roberts
7. Sector Seven, by David Wiesner
8. The Last Rhee Witch, Jenna Lee-Yun
9. Shock the Monkey, by Neal Shusterman
10. Orris and Timble V1: The Beginning, by Kate DiCamillo illustrated by Carmen Mok

The Last Rhee Witch came out May 14 and I wish I had given this book a shout out for our event with RO Kwon, as Exhibit also draws on Korean folktales. It's a bout a girl, the daughter of single dad who himself was adopted by White parents, who doesn't really know much about her Korean heritage, but things change at summer camp when she learns that the grounds ar haunted by a vengeful gweshin. From School Library Journal: " Drawing on Korean folklore, the ghost story is suspenseful enough to keep readers engaged, but it's the exploration of family, friendships, and community that give this debut novel extra weight."

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