The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best-seller list

Hardcover Fiction

1. Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel, by Bonnie Garmus

2. Desert Star: A Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch Novel, by Michael Connelly

3. Small Things Like These, by Claire Keegan


1. I’m Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy

2. Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships, by Nina Totenberg

3. New Kids in the World Cup: The Totally Late ’80s and Early ’90s Tale of the Team That Changed American Soccer Forever, by Adam Elder


1. It Starts With Us: A Novel, by Colleen Hoover

2. It Ends With Us: A Novel, by Colleen Hoover 

3. The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides


1. Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find — and Keep — Love, by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

2. Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind, by Judson Brewer

3. The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade, by Benjamin T. Smith


1. Stellarlune (Keeper of the Lost Cities Book 9), by Shannon Messenger 

2. Construction Site, Merry and Bright, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Ag Ford

3. Enemies (Berrybrook Middle School #5), by Svetlana Chmakova


Dangerous Business, by Jane Smiley

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Smiley goes for history and mystery in a tale set in 1850s Monterey, Calif., featuring Eliza Ripple, who’s been working as a prostitute since her husband’s death in a bar fight. When young women are found murdered in and around town, Eliza decides to emulate Edgar Allan Poe’s detective Dupin and pulls friend Jean into a hunt for the killer. As their madam says, “Being a woman is a dangerous business.”

Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon, by Kate Andersen Brower

Brower’s book takes the reader into the private world of the most famous celebrity of the 20th century. Elizabeth’s heart, mind, and passion come vividly alive on each page. We see her as a woman who struggled and ultimately survived to rewrite the playbook on celebrity and power. I never wanted it to end!  – Brooke Shields

A Private Spy: The Letters of John Le Carré, by John Le Carre and Tim Cornwell

The never-before-seen correspondence of John le Carré, one of the most important novelists of our generation, is collected in this beautiful volume. During his lifetime, le Carré wrote numerous letters to writers, spies, politicians, artists, actors, and public figures. This collection is a treasure trove, revealing the late author’s humor, generosity, and wit — a side of him many readers have not previously seen.

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