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The Books Inc. Marina bestseller list

Chelsea Lately Bang Bang

1. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
(nonfiction, paperback)
2. Deadlines by Paul McHugh (fiction, paperback)
3. City Of Thieves by David Benioff (fiction, paperback)
4. The Heart And The Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
(kids’ picture book, hardcover)
5. Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend by James S. Hirsh
(memoir, hardcover)
6. Three Weissmanns Of Westport by Cathleen Schine
(fiction, hardcover)
7. Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman (kids’ fiction, hardcover)
8. Drive by Daniel Pink (nonfiction, hardcover)
9. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
(memoir, hardcover)
10. Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann
(fiction, paperback)

Books Inc. staff picks

Happiness Project

Nonfiction: The Happiness Project
by Gretchen Rubin

  Gretchen decides to take a year in which she takes on a new happiness focus for each month – Make Time For Friends, Be Serious About Play, Remember Love – and each chapter outlines her experience trying out each of these resolutions. She doesn’t make any drastic changes, like moving across the globe, she simply applies each focus to her existing life. Very funny and readable.
– Rich Ciccotelli

Nonfiction: The Tablehopper’s Guide To Dining And Drinking In San Francisco
by Marcia Gagliardi
  This is the coolest S.F. guide to come along in a while. The subtitle says it all: “Find the right spot for every occasion.” Marcia breaks it down with great themed sections such as Girls’ Night Out, Bromance, Meat Eater and Vegetarian Coexistence – great humor and solid advice.
– Rich Ciccotelli

Fiction: The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
Powerful and sad and tender and brutal. It might break your heart – but you’ll love it anyway.
– Bob Deloria

Fiction: Once A Spy by Keith Thomson
This is a comic thriller featuring a retired master spy, Drummond Clark, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. When former associates and adversaries threaten his freedom and his life, the Alzheimer’s recedes and his erstwhile spycraft reasserts itself. His son (who had always believed the cover story that he was a successful appliance dealer) is astonished by the transformation. My wife Debby and I both read it and found it immensely entertaining. Drummond Clark is a great character I couldn’t help rooting for. I can’t wait to see what Thomson comes up with next. As Debby said (and I think she’s right), “He could be the next Carl Hiaasen.”
– Bob Deloria

Fiction: The Infinities by John Banville
The new book by the winner of the Man Booker Prize is another good one. As the family of Adam Godly gathers around his deathbed, they are not alone. Greek gods, such as Zeus and Hermes, are present to cause some trouble among the mortals. A playfully smart tale about what it is to be human.
– Rich Ciccotelli

Nonfiction: Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
She’s done it again! A new collection of hilarious essays covers everything – her family, her childhood and, of course, her love life.
– Bob Deloria


Story time for kids

Heart and the Bottle

Authors: What’s so cool about Oliver Jeffers?
    Covering topics from lost penguins to boys who eat books, Oliver Jeffers’ books are perfectly suited for reading aloud to children, people who used to be children, or as gifts for people who were never children at all. Sweet without being saccharine, profound without being didactic, and always evocatively illustrated, Oliver Jeffers is a children’s author to keep your eye on. Be sure to check out his latest, The Heart And The Bottle, his first book with a female protagonist!
 – Maggie Tokuda-Hall

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Rich Ciccotelli is the manager of Books Inc. in the Marina.