The Best of Books

Best sellers: Marina Books Inc.

compiled by brian pettus

Books Inc. best-seller list

  1. 111 Places in San Francisco That You Must Not Miss, by Floriana Peterson (paperback)
  2. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes (paperback)
  3. The Blackhouse: The Lewis Trilogy, by Peter May (paperback)
  4. Cool Gray City of Love, by Gary Kamiya (paperback)
  5. The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time, by Cameron Diaz (hardcover)
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo (hardcover)
  7. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (hardcover)
  8. Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín (paperback)
  9. My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One, by Elena Ferrante and Ann Goldstein (paperback)
  10. The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (hardcover)


The Little Red Chairs

, by Edna O’Brien (hardcover)

A fiercely beautiful novel from one of the greatest storytellers of our time about one woman’s struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal. Moving from Ireland to London and then to The Hague, The Little Red Chairs is Edna O’Brien’s first novel in 10 years — a vivid and unflinching exploration of humanity’s capacity for evil and artifice as well as the bravest kind of love.


The Summer Before the War

by Helen Simonson (hardcover)

The new book from the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is [a] novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal … a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community. — The Washington Post. A wonderful read!


The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss

by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt (hardcover)

Though Anderson Cooper has always considered himself close to his mother, his intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS affords him little time to spend with her. After she suffers a brief but serious illness at 91, they resolve to change their relationship by beginning a year-long conversation unlike any they had ever had before. The result is a correspondence of surprising honesty and depth in which they discuss their lives, the things that matter, and what they still want to learn about each other.

Lab Girl

by Hope Jahren (hardcover)

This is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done with both the heart and the hands. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahrens forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii. Great, great stuff.

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Brian Pettis is the manager of Books Inc. in the Marina.