The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best-seller list

One Italian Summer

Hardcover Fiction

1. One Italian Summer: A Novel, by Rebecca Serle

2. The Paris Apartment: A Novel, by Lucy Foley

3. Violeta: A Novel, by Isabel Allende

San Fran-sicko

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities, by Michael Shellenberger

2. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner

3. In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing, by Elena Ferrante

Woman On Fire

Paperback Fiction

1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel, by Taylor Jenkins

2. Circe, by Madeline Miller

3. Woman on Fire: A Novel, by Lisa Barr


Paperback Nonfiction

1. Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell

2. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, by Bill Browder 

3. Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness, by Rick Hanson



Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole, by Susan Cain

In her first adult book since 2012’s best-selling Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Cain explores how a bittersweet perspective can help people overcome individual and collective pain, while encouraging compassion and unity. Timely in its focus, this latest work by Cain delivers an eloquent and compelling case supporting the transformative possibilities of embracing sorrow.

The Candy House: A Novel, by Jennifer Egan

Egan returns to the fertile territory and characters of A Visit from the Goon Squad with an electrifying and shapeshifting story that one-ups its Pulitzer-winning predecessor. Twisting through myriad points of view, narrative styles, and divergent voices, Egan proves herself as perceptive an interpreter of the necessity of human connection as ever, and her vision is as irresistible as the tech she describes. This is Egan’s best yet.

Sea of Tranquility

Sea of Tranquility: A Novel, by Emily St. John Mandel

From the author of the curiously uplifting postapocalyptic sensation Station Eleven, this captivating and imaginative tale involves a time traveler who must resist changing both the past and the future. Characters living centuries apart all have the same brief, puzzling experience. What does this mean about the nature of time? Mandel grounds her rich metaphysical speculation in small, beautifully observed human moments. By turns playful, tragic, and tender, this should not be missed.

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