The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best-seller list

Hardcover Fiction

1. The Candy House, by Jennifer Egan

2. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin

3. Horse: A Novel, by Geraldine Brooks

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to  Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, by James Clear 

2. Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy, by Henry Kissinger

3. Happy-Go-Lucky, by David Sedaris

Paperback Fiction

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

2. Verity, by Colleen Hoover

3. Book Lovers, by Emily Henry

Paperback Nonfiction

1. Sidecountry: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of Sports, by John Branch 

2. The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War, by Malcom Gladwell

3. The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, by Michael Lewis


Afterlives, by Abdulrazak Gurnah

In Gurnah’s first book since winning the Nobel Prize, Ilyas is taken from his East African home by German colonial troops in the late 1800s and compelled to fight against his own people. Years later, he returns to find his parents dead and his sister, Afiya, effectively enslaved to their self-professed aunt and uncle. Hamza, too, returns home after having been sold into service and left badly scarred, not just emotionally but physically, and he falls in love with beautiful, unbreakably determined Afiya. As these three young people try to get on with their lives, war is coming after them again, with decades of rebellion and suppression to follow.

I’ll Never Know: The Rock and Roll Priest Looks at 80, by Harry George Schlitt

With 80 fading fast in the rearview mirror and handball, health, and other lifelong joys littering the roadside, retired San Francisco Monsignor Schlitt relates the realities, indignities, and sometimes hilarity of recognizing he’s not the man he once was. Drawing from a lifetime of media ministry to a global congregation ranging from the ragtag to political leaders, the military to peaceniks, from teens to the incarcerated and dying, this soulful tonic is two parts grin and one part wry.

Mercury Pictures Presents: A Novel, by Anthony Marra

Leaving 1920s Italy for Los Angeles after inadvertently causing her father’s arrest, movie-besotted Maria eventually becomes an associate producer at Mercury Pictures. As World War II dawns, she is struggling with her personal life while the studio struggles financially, but soon it’s flooded with refugee European artists — modernist poets writing racy movie scripts. Then a stranger who knew her father arrives to remind her of his fate. 

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