Saturday, November 15, 2014

 

Inkwell's Bestsellers

Inkwell Recent Fiction Bestsellers

Still Alice by Lisa Genova1. Still Alice
By Lisa Genova
Pocket Books, $15.00

Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by a first-time author who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind and Ordinary People, this work packs an emotional punch.


Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger2. Time Traveler's Wife
By Audrey Niffenegger
Harvest Books, $14.95
A dazzling debut novel told in a most untraditional fashion; this is the story of a passionate love affair that endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap. The remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course, is captivating.

I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass3. I See You Everywhere
By Julia Glass
Anchor Books, $15.00
From the author of the bestselling Three Junes comes an intimate tale of two sisters, together and apart, told in their alternating voices over 25 years. I See You Everywhere offers a piercingly candid story of companionship and sorrow, life and death.



That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo4. That Old Cape Magic
By Richard Russo
Knopf, $25.95
In this follow-up to Bridge of Sighs, Russo delivers a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it is he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
By Stieg Larsson

Vintage, $14.95
In this European publishing sensation, a crusading journalist joins forces with a 24-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker to investigate the whereabouts of a missing woman from one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.



The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Dial Press, $14.00
In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.


Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout7. Olive Kitteridge
By Elizabeth Strout
Random House, $14.00
Pulitzer Prize winner Strout binds together 13 rich, luminous narratives through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge, who offers profound insights into the human condition.



The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti8. The Good Thief
By Hannah Tinti
Dial Press, $15.00
A staff favorite! Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies Tinti as an exciting new talent.


Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay9. Sarah's Key
By Tatiana De Rosnay
St. Martin's Griffin, $13.95
Haunting and suspenseful, life-affirming and beautiful, Sarah's Key offers a compelling portrait of occupied Paris and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this little-known episode in French history.

  
South of Broad by Pat Conroy10. South of Broad
By Pat Conroy
Nan A. Talese, $29.95
The one and only Pat Conroy returns with a big, sprawling novel that is at once a love letter to Charleston, South Carolina, and to lifelong friendship--a long-awaited work from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett11. The Help
By Kathryn Stockett
Putnum, $24.95
In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.


The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein12.
The Art of Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein

Harper, $14.99
Meet Enzo, the unforgettable canine narrator of this bittersweet and transformative story of family, love, loyalty, and hope. Enzo is a philosopher with a nearly human soul, and he's gained a wealth of knowledge from hours spent in front of the TV.


Netherland by Joseph O'Neill13. Netherland
By Joseph O'Neill
Vintage, $14.95
The author of the New York Times Notable Book Blood-Dark Track delivers a mesmerizing novel about a man trying to make his way in an America of shattered hopes and values, and the unlikely occurrences that pull him back into an authentic, passionately engaged life.


City of Thieves by David Benioff14. City of Thieves
By David Benioff
Plume, $15.00
Benioff follows up The 25th Hour with this hard-to-put-down novel based on his grandfather's stories about surviving World War II in Russia.



The Elegance of the Hedgehog15. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
By Muriel Barbery
Europa Editions, $15.00
In this enthralling international bestseller, two girls live inconspicuous lives in the center of an elegant Paris apartment building. It is only when a stranger moves into their building--and sees through the girls' disguises--that Paloma and Rene discover their kindred spirits.
 

Inkwell's Bestsellers

Inkwell Recent Nonfiction Bestsellers

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall1. Born to Run
By Christopher McDougall
Knopf, $24.95
Part adventure story, part extreme sports, Born to Run is a riveting story about one journalist's quest to discover the secrets of the world's greatest distance runners, a reclusive Indian tribe living deep in the Copper Canyon of northern Mexico. With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America.

Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel2. Red Leather Diary
By Lily Koppel
Harper, $14.99
A New York Times journalist discovers a discarded old diary--a find that introduces her to an extraordinary woman--Florence Wolfson--and a glamorous, forgotten time. Evocative and entrancing, The Red Leather Diary recreates the romance and glitter of 1930s New York.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami3. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
By Haruki Murakami
Vintage, $15.00
Perennial staff favorite Murakami's new book is by turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical; this memoir is both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running. Full of vivid memories and insights, including the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer.

A Colossal Failure of Common Sense4.
A Colossal Failure of Common Sense
By Lawrence G. McDonald
Crown Business, $27.00
McDonald, a former vice president at Lehman Brothers, offers an intimate look inside the mad house that Lehman became, and shows beyond a doubt that Lehman's top executives were totally out to lunch, allowing Lehman's risk profile to reach gargantuan proportions.

We Two by Gillian Gill5. We Two: Victoria & Albert
By Gillian Gill
Ballantine, $35.00
Gill presents a 21st-century perspective on a giant of English history, Queen Victoria, and her marriage to German Prince Albert. As Gill shows, the marriage of Victoria and Albert was great not because it was perfect, but because it was passionate and complicated. Wonderfully nuanced, surprising, often acerbic–and informed by revealing excerpts from the pair’s journals and letters–We Two is a revolutionary portrait of a queen and her prince.

The Soloist by Steve Lopez6. The Soloist
By Steve Lopez
Berkley, $15.00
A moving story of a remarkable bond between a journalist in search of a story and a homeless, classically trained musician. When Steve Lopez saw Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’ skid row, he found it impossible to walk away. More than thirty years earlier, Ayers had been a promising classical bass student at Juilliard, ambitious and charming, until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

The Family by Jeff Sharlet7. The Family
By Jeff Sharlet
Harper, $15.99
Part history, part investigative journalism, The Family presents an eye-opening examination of the spiritual awakenings that have convulsed this nation from its very beginning. Behind the scenes at every National Prayer Breakfast since 1953 has been the Family, an elite network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerful.

Three Cups of Tea8. Three Cups of Tea
By Greg Mortenson
Penguin, $15.00
Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert9. Eat Pray Love
By Elizabeth Gilbert
Penguin, $15.00
A celebrated writer pens an irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.


When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris10. When You Are Engulfed in Flames
By David Sedaris
Back Bay Books, $15.99
In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, his sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell11. The Tipping Point
By Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay Books, $14.99

This celebrated bestseller, now in paperback, is a book that is changing the way Americans think about selling products and disseminating ideas. The new Afterword by the author describes how readers can constructively apply the tipping point principle in their own lives and work.

The Finest Hours by Michael Tougias12. The Finest Hours
By Michael J. Tougias
Scribner, $25.00
From the author of Ten Hours Until Dawn comes a new work brimming with excitement and suspense, and packed with gripping authentic descriptions of an actual Coast Guard rescue adventure.


My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler13. My Horizontal Life
By Chelsea Handler
Bloomsbury, $14.95
In this raucous collection of true-life stories, actress and comedian Handler recounts her time spent in the social trenches with that wild, strange, irresistible, and often gratifying beast: the one-night stand.


Wilderness Warrior by Douglas Brinkley14. Wilderness Warrior
By Douglas Brinkley
Harper, $34.99

Brinkley, a New York Times bestselling historian, has written an extraordinary and timeless biography that looks at the influence the natural world played on Theodore Roosevelt.

Cod by Mark Kurlansky15. Cod
By Mark Kurlansky
Penguin, $15.00
A delightful romp through history with all its economic forces laid bare, Cod is the biography of a single species of fish, but it may as well be a world history with this humble fish as its recurring main character. Cod, it turns out, is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic, and it is the only reason they could. Here, for scientist and layperson alike, is a startlingly complete and rational synthesis of disciplines, and a new, optimistic message about existence.



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