Book Notes

The Marina Books Inc. best-seller list


1. The Goldfinch: A Novel, by Donna Tartt(paperback)

2. Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, by Mike Isaac (hardcover)

3. A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel, by Amor Towles (paperback)

4. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens (hardcover)

5. Sapiens:  Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Hariri(paperback)

6. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know, by Malcolm Gladwell (hardcover)

7. The Overstory: A Novel, by Richard Powers (paperback)

8. Conversations with Friends, by Sally Rooney, (paperback)

9. Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (hardcover)

10. Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo(hardcover)


Royal Holiday, by Jasmine Guillory (Oct. 1): Vivian Forest has been out of the country only once, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to take in the British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality. Launch week event, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut Street.

Imaginary Friend, by Steven Chbosky (Oct. 1): Kate Reese flees an abusive relationship in the night with her son, Christopher, and finds her way to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, which seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes for six days. He emerges from the woods, unharmed but not unchanged, with a voice in his head only he can hear, and a mission: Build a tree house in the woods, or his mother and everyone in the town will be changed. This epic work of literary horror with rich emotion redefines the genre. Read it with the lights on.

Letters from an Astrophysicist (Oct. 8), by Neil Degrasse Tyson: Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography, by Elton John (Oct. 15): Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film Rocketman, to becoming a living legend. John writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, finding love with David Furnish, and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is John on his music and his relationships, his passions, and his mistakes.

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

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