The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best-seller list

  1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (paperback)
  1. The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life, by Chris Guillebeau (paperback)
  1. Behind Closed Doors: A Novel, by B.A. Paris (paperback)
  1. Crazy Rich Asians: A Novel, by Kevin Kwan (paperback)
  1. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware (paperback)
  1. The Couple Next Door: A Novel, by Shari Lapena (paperback)
  1. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho (paperback)
  1. Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley (paperback)
  1. One Summer: America 1927, by Bill Bryson (paperback)
  1. City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett (paperback)


I’ll Have What She’s Having, by Erin Carlson: A backstage look at the making of Nora Ephron’s revered trilogy: When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle, which brought romantic comedies back to the fore, and an intimate portrait of the beloved writer-director who inspired a generation of Hollywood women. The author will be at the store Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, by Ann Powers: In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR’s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race.

Lost Boys, by Darcey Rosenblatt: Based on historical events, this unforgettable and inspiring tale for middle-grade readers is about a young boy torn from the only life he’s ever known and held captive as a prisoner of war. Friendship, heartbreak, and Reza’s very survival are at stake as he finds solace through music and forges his own path — wherever that might take him.

I’ll Never Tell: Odyssey of a Rock and Roll Priest, by Msgr. Harry Schlitt: Short on theology but long on charisma, Msgr. Schlitt began a ministry that moved from the high school classroom, to the pulpit, to the airwaves. His first broadcasting gig was as a disc jockey on AM radio in the Ozarks. An improbable series of encounters led him to work at Chicago’s legendary WLS-TV, FM radio in Las Vegas, every leading radio and TV station in San Francisco, 20 years on the Armed Forces Radio and Television network, and ultimately the ABC radio network-as Father Harry of the God Squad. He’ll be at the store Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.!

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Brian Pettus is the manager of Books Inc. in the Marina (2251 Chestnut Street, 415-931-3633,