The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best sellers

Here is a list of the most popular books sold last month and last year at Books Inc. in the Marina:


1. Iron Flame, by Rebecca Yarros

2. Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros

3. The Fraud: A Novel, by Zadie Smith


1. Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things, by Adam Grant

2. The Fund: Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates, and the Unraveling of a Legend, by Rob Copeland

3. Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon, by Michael Lewis


1. The Housemaid, by Freida McFadden

2. The House Across the Lake, by Riley Sager

3. Trust, by Hernan Diaz


1. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann

2. The Way Forward, by Yung Pueblo

3. The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, by Paul McCartney


1. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: A Novel, by Gabrielle Zevin

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

3. Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros

4. Happy Place, by Emily Henry

5. Covenant of Water, by Abraham Verghese


1. The Creative Act: A Way of Being, by Rick Rubin

2. Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity, by Peter Attia, M.D. and Bill Gifford

3. The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder, by David Grann

4. Spare, by Prince Harry

5. Elon Musk, by Walter Isaacson


THE FURY, by Alex Michaelides

Everyone loves movie star Lana Farrar, especially her closest friend, Elliot, who offers charismatic narration twisted with fantasies, Agatha Christie overtones, and self-serving asides. So when Lana discovers that her husband has been having an affair with her oldest friend, she turns to Elliot. They concoct a dramatic plan with accomplices to out the betrayal that involves a getaway on their private island, which is whipped to new heights by the Fury, a legendary wind famous for its malicious power. Even veteran crime-fiction readers will fall prey to Michaelides’s craft, nudged into shifting allegiances to the unlikable characters in this classic crime set-up and modern psychological thriller.

The House of Flame and Shadow, by Sarah J. Maas

In the third book in the sexy, action-packed Crescent City series, Bryce Quinlan never expected to see a world other than Midgard, but now that she has, all she wants is to get back. Everything she loves is there: her family, her friends, her mate. Stranded in a strange new world, she will need all her wits about her to get home again. And that’s no easy feat when she has no idea who to trust. In this sequel to the bestsellers House of Earth and Blood and House of Sky and Breath, this series reaches new heights as Bryce and Hunt’s world is brought to the brink of collapse-with its future resting on their shoulders.

The Counterfeit Countess: The Jewish Woman Who Rescued Thousands of Poles During the Holocaust, by Elizabeth B. White and Joanna Sliwa

In 1989, a typed memoir surfaced purportedly written by Janina Spinner Mehlberg, a Jewish woman who posed as a Polish noblewoman during World War II. Countess Suchodolska supposedly saved thousands of Polish prisoners incarcerated at Majdanek, a notorious work camp. For nearly three decades, researchers strove to verify the manuscript writer’s identity, and recent findings led to this engaging biography from Holocaust academics White and Sliwa. Mehlberg’s arsenal of survival tactics lends immediacy to her ever-changing circumstances and helps readers fully appreciate the risks she took as she navigated through surreal scenarios of horrific cruelty and unimaginable suffering to survive.

Chris Hsiang can help you find your next book at Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., 415-931-3633,

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