Books Inc. best-seller list
1. City of Thieves: A Novel, by David Benioff
2. Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. This is San Francisco, by Miroslav Sasek
5. Glitter and Glue: A Memoir, by Kelly Corrigan
6. Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love, by David Talbot
7. Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, by Gary Kamiya
8. Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter
9. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
10. Life After Life: A Novel, by Kate Atkinson
STAFF PICKS FOR ADULTS
Wash, by Margaret Wrinkle
This is a beautifully written, powerful novel of slaves and slave owners in the first decades of 19th-century Tennessee. It will resonate with you for a long time.
— Bob Deloria
The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, by Olivia Laing
A gusto-driven look at the alcoholic insanity of six famous authors who wrote some of the best prose of the last century. Laing’s dedication and scholarship, in addition to making you wonder about the relationship between creativity and alcoholism, makes for a most interesting and enjoyable read.
— Bill Dito
Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
An absolute page-turner! This novel expertly combines the genres of Victorian mystery, thriller, and even a little erotica to create a masterpiece to be read repeatedly. Sue Trunder, a petty thief living in squalor, is chosen to con a wealthy heiress out of her fortune, and all goes according to plan until the best plot twist ever occurs, followed by exciting adventures and even more plot twists. This story keeps you on your toes like nothing else, and the plot twists are anything but cliché.
— Amylia Pounds
STAFF PICKS FOR KIDS
(Ages 4 and older)
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbably Life of Paul Erdos, by Deborah Heiligman and LeUyen Pham
Young Paul loves math, his friends, and fellow mathematicians, but can’t live in one place. What’s a genius to do? This fun, exuberant story is perfect for every ilk of math geek.
— Marie Siegenthaler
29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy, by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown
Always a cause for celebration when these two local treasures collaborate, this book is a curious, elliptical and mysterious look at a curious, elliptical and mysterious place. An investigation ensues, two detectives try to figure it all out, and, well … I’m not at liberty to say anymore.
— Sandy Mullin