The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. bestseller list

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, by J.K. Rowling


  1. City of Thieves: A Novel, by David Benioff (paperback)
  2. The Girls, by Emma Cline (hardcover)
  3. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan (paperback)
  4. The Tender Bar: A Memoir, by J.R. Moehringer (paperback)
  5. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, by Bill Browder (paperback)
  6. The Sympathizer, by Viet Nguyen (paperback)
  7. Sweetbitter: A Novel, by Stephanie Danler (hardcover)
  8. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth (hardcover)
  9. China Rich Girlfriend, by Kevin Kwan (paperback)
  10. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes (paperback)



House at the Edge of Night, by Catherine Banner

Described as Beautiful Ruins meets Isabel Allende, this magical novel tells the story of the island of Castellamare, and nearly 100 years of lives and loves among the residents. Lush prose and a magical story make this one of the year’s most intriguing summer reads.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, by J.K. Rowling

Based on a story of Harry Potter 25 years later, this is the script for the play being performed in London, following Harry Potter and his family and friends. Both familiar and shockingly different, this is a fantastic gift for the Harry Potter fan in your life.


The Voyeur’s Motel, by Gay Talese

A controversial story basically disavowed by the author before release, this book chronicles a motel owner’s voyeuristic life over decades of spying on his guests. Tawdry and sensational, inconsistencies in the story make some doubt its veracity. You’ll have to decide for yourself.

Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel, by Nicolaia Rips

The Chelsea Hotel has been home to many luminaries over the years — Andy Warhol, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, to name a few. This memoir embraces the weird of growing up in Manhattan and in the Chelsea while offering a sparkling insight into the life of a modern girl. The author is a current high-school student and still lives in the Chelsea.


Sunday, Aug. 28, 1:30 p.m.: Join special guest Karlin Gray, author of Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still, an illustrated picture book biography of the famous gymnast Nadia Comaneci and her journey from a small-town Romanian girl who did cartwheels in the schoolyard to five-time Olympic Gold Medalist. (Ages 5 and up)


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Brian Pettus is the manager of Books Inc. in the Marina.