The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best sellers

What are your neighbors reading these days? Here is a list of the most popular books sold last month at Books Inc. in the Marina:


  1. Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros
  2. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin
  3. The Bee Sting: A Novel, by Paul Murray


  1. Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity, by Peter Attia
  2. The Creative Act: A Way of Being, by Rick Rubin
  3. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, by James Clear


  1. Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sara J. Maas
  2. The Housemaid, by Freida McFadden
  3. Court of Mist and Fury, by Sara J. Maas


  1. The Way Forward, by Yung Pueblo
  2. Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir, by Dolly Alderton
  3. How to Tell a Story: The Essential Guide to Memorable Storytelling from The Moth, by The Moth


  1. Caraval, by Stephanie Garber
  2. The Coquíes Still Sing: A Story of Home, Hope, and Rebuilding, by Karina Nicole Gonzales
  3. Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel (Book 7: Winter Turning), by Tui T. Sutherland


The Women: A Novel, by Kristin Hannah

Good-girl nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows her brother to Vietnam but finds herself unprepared for the brutality of war and the tumult of a divided United States when she returns home.

Wandering Stars: A Novel, by Tommy Orange

Star, a young survivor of 1864’s Sand Creek Massacre (in present-day Colorado), is held at the Fort Marion Prison Castle and compelled to eschew his language and heritage by a brutal prison guard — as is Star’s son Charles a generation later, at the Carlisle Industrial School for Indians. Charles survives with the help of fellow student Opal Viola, whose own story brings us to 2018 Oakland and events in Orange’s Pulitzer Prize finalist, mega-award-winning There There.

Cahokie Jazz: A Novel, by Francis Spufford

This gritty noir murder mystery by Spufford (Light Perpetual) will hook readers with its fully realized tableau of an alternative history where the Indigenous populations in North America thrive rather than being decimated after encountering colonial forces. Realistically envisioned characters populate the pages, while the historical 1920s are on full display. Jazz, Prohibition, and political corruption are tightly and vividly interwoven with the subtle changes to society and culture that such an alternative trajectory may have produced. The Mississippian cultural capital of Cahokia is a flourishing city-state within the United Sates and is the gateway to the West. However, there are tensions behind the scenes in this metropolitan city, and one murder may undo centuries of progress. When Cahokia police detective Joe Barrow and his partner are called to a rooftop crime scene, little do they realize how this case will upend their lives and push them, and their city, on a path leading to either redemption or destruction.

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

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