The Best of Books

Monsters, penguins, hiccups, and Jimmy Carter

Books Inc. best-seller list

  1. The Tender Bar: A Memoir, by J.R. Moehringer
  2. The Day the Crayons Came Home, by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
  3. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes (paperback)
  5. City of Thieves: A Novel, by David Benioff (paperback)
  6. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, by Johanna Basford
  7. Good Night San Francisco (Good Night Our World), by Adam Gamble and Santiago Cohen
  8. Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City, by David Talbot
  9. Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel Brown
  10. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo


A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

by Jimmy Carter

President Carter has written several books about his life, and this one details more of his childhood and early life. His plainspoken style and clear devotion to what makes America great makes this an illuminating read from one of the great figures of the 20th century.

Bream Gives Me Hiccups

by Jesse Eisenberg

Eisenberg, best known for his screen role as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, is also an active writer, and this book is a collection of a number of his works. Filled with piquant humor and perhaps unconsciously aping David Foster Wallace in some spots, this is a denser and more meaningful collection than you expect.

Monsters Love School

by Mike Austin

The sequel to Monsters Love Colors, this hyperkinetic book prepares your little one for going to school. Vividly illustrated, with lots of zany characters and fun details about school, this is a great book for the fall.

Penguin and Pumpkin

by Salina Yoon

Another adorable book from California author Salina Yoon, and another in her series of Penguin books, this one tells the story of Penguin wanting to see what fall looks like away from the snow and ice. He and his friends travel to land where they discover the quiet beauty of the harvest time. Charmingly illustrated and with a simple story about family, this is great for young kids heading into pumpkin season.

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