The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best-seller list – November 2017

  1. Really Big Lunch: The Roving Gourmand on Feed and Life, by Jim Harrison (hardcover)
  2. Origin: A Novel, by Dan Brown (hardcover)
  3. Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, by Benjamin Percy (paperback)
  4. The Girl from Venice, by Martin Cruz Smith (paperback)
  5. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, by Bill Browder (paperback)
  6. Manhattan Beach: A Novel, by Jennifer Egan (hardcover)
  7. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, by Elena Favilli (hardcover)
  8. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (paperback)
  9. Unique Eats and Eateries of San Francisco, by Kimberley Lovato (paperback)
  10. What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton (hardcover)


Renegades, by Marissa Meyer (Nov. 7) The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone … except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Artemis, by Andy Weir (Nov. 14) The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller — a heist story set on the moon. Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself — and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Don’t Save Anything, by James Salter (Nov. 14): One of the greatest writers of American sentences in our literary history, James Salter’s acute and glimmering portrayals of characters are built with a restrained and poetic style. This collection gathers Salter’s thoughts on writing and profiles of important writers, observations of the changing American military life, evocations of Aspen winters, musings on mountain climbing and skiing, and tales of travels to Europe, which first appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, People Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, the Aspen Times, and many other publications.

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

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