The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best-seller list

  1. What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton (hardcover)
  2. Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley (paperback)
  3. I’ll Never Tell: The Odyssey of a Rock and Roll Priest, by Harry Schlitt (paperback)
  4. The Trespasser: A Novel, by Tana French (paperback)
  5. I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy, by Erin Carlson (hardcover)
  6. A Legacy of Spies: A Novel, by John LeCarre ((hardcover)
  7. Behind Closed Doors: A Novel, by B.A. Paris (paperback)
  8. Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson ((hardcover)
  9. Milk & Honey, by Rupi Kaur (paperback)
  10. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande (paperback)


China Girl: And Other Stories, by Ho Lin: Oct. 5, 7 p.m.

In its nine tales, China Girl documents the collisions between East and West, the power of myth and the burden of history, and loves lost and almost found. The stories in this collection encompass everything from contemporary vignettes about urban life to fable-like musings on memories and the art of storytelling. Wide-ranging and playful, China Girl is a journey into today’s Asia as well as an Asia of the imagination. Join San Francisco author Ho Lin at this launch party.

Unique Eats and Eateries of San Francisco, by Kimberley Lovato: Oct. 15, 2 p.m.

Local writer Kimberley Lovato chronicles the best and most-San Francisco foods and restaurants in this delightful guide. She’ll be talking about writing the book, the perils of being a food writer, and whatever else comes to mind, as well as answering your questions at this launch event.

Bay Area Cocktails, by Shanna Farrell: Oct. 12, 7 p.m.

An American invention, the cocktail fluctuated in popularity until the Bay Area played a significant role in reviving it — as much as New York and London. From the distillers who pioneered craft spirits and Alice Waters’s revolutionary take on simple, fresh food at Chez Panisse to the bartenders who cared enough to grow a dedicated cocktail community, this is the story of how the Bay Area shaped the art of elevated drinking in America. Through oral history interviews and recipes, author Shanna Farrell chronicles the narrative history of the modern cocktail renaissance. Plus, she’ll be making drinks!

Love Reconsidered, by Phyllis Piano: Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

When Aleen Riddick’s marriage falls apart after her 18-year-old daughter, Sunny, loses her beloved boyfriend in a tragic accident, they look to the dead boy’s father, grief-stricken Ted Hammand, to help them heal and redefine life. When shocking developments force them to confront those who deceived them, Aleen, Ted, and Sunny must decide if forgiveness will drive them back to the pain of the past or forward to a future of possibilities. Love Reconsidered is about families — their grief, guilt, compassion, love, forgiveness, and hope. Join the author at this launch event.

Four Authors Walk Into a Bar Showcase Event: Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

Susan Alexander, Emily Gallo, Brian Marshall, and Alesa Lightbourne are all published authors, and they’re coming together to talk about their work (including their newest releases), their lives as authors, and generally have a grand time talking with each other and with you. Come on out and enjoy!

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