The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best-seller list

Hardcover Fiction

1. Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell

2. The Midnight Library: A Novel, by Matt Haig

3. Anxious People: A Novel, by Fredrik Backman

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. A Promised Land, by Barack Obama

2. Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House, by Rachel Maddow

3. Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City, by Gary Kamiya and Paul Madonna

Paperback Fiction

1. The Dutch House: A Novel, by Ann Patchett

2. The Channel Sisters, by Judith Little

3. Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu

 Paperback Nonfiction

1. Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA, by Amarylis Fox

2. Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation, by Steve Vogel

3. Uncanny Valley, by Ann Wiener

Children’s Best Sellers

1. Ambitious Girl, by Meena Harris

2. Joey: The Story of Joe Biden, by Jill Biden

3. Pirate Stew, by Neil Gaiman 


Keep Sharp, by Sanjay Gupta

Keep Sharp debunks common myths about aging and cognitive decline, and explores whether there’s a “best” diet or exercise regimen for the brain. Gupta answers all your questions and provides a personalized 12-week program featuring practical strategies to strengthen your brain every day.

Ridgerunner, by Gil Adamson

After nearly 20 years, the notorious thief known as the Ridgerunner has returned. Set against the backdrop of a distant war raging in Europe and a rapidly changing landscape in the West, Adamson’s follow-up to her award-winning debut, The Outlander, is a vivid historical novel that draws from the epic tradition and a literary Western brimming with a cast of unforgettable characters touched with humor and loss, and steeped in the wild of the natural world.

The Prophets, by Robert Jones Jr.

With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Jones fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike. The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

Perestroika in Paris, by Jane Smiley

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author, a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals and a young boy whose lives intersect in Paris. Smiley’s beguiling new novel is itself an adventure that celebrates curiosity, ingenuity, and the desire of all creatures for true love and freedom.

Kevin McCarthy can help you find your next book at Books Inc. in the Marina (2251 Chestnut Street, 415-931-3633,

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