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Books Inc. best-seller list

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo (hardcover)
  2. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel, by Anthony Doerr (hardcover)
  3. Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel Brown (paperback)
  4. The Girl on the Train: A Novel, by Paula Hawkins (hardcover)
  5. City of Thieves: A Novel, by David Benioff (paperback)
  6. The Goldfinch: A Novel, by Donna Tartt (paperback)
  7. Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes (paperback)
  8. The Vacationers: A Novel, by Emma Straub (paperback)
  9. The Road to Character, by David Brooks (hardcover)
  10. A Book of Walks, by Bruce Bochy (paperback)


Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian

by E.L. James (paperback)

This is 50 Shades of Grey as told from Christian Grey’s perspective — if you’ve been craving more Shades of Grey, this is the real deal.

Love and Miss Communication: A Novel

by Elyssa Friedland (paperback)

This charming and telling book is the story of Evie Rosen, a hard-working lawyer who has had enough of the Internet. She abandons Facebook, Match, and all the online fripperies and rediscovers myriad ways we communicated with each other and experienced the world before being online. A fun summer beach read!

Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir

by Wednesday Martin (hardcover)

The book that has Manhattan buzzing, this purported tell-all of life among the super-wealthy on the Upper East Side speaks of relationships, power, and most of all money. Instantly decried as false by the subjects of the book, and with a disclaimer from the publisher, this is the salacious society book of the year!

Swan Song 1945: A Collective Diary of the Last Days of the Third Reich

by Walter Kempowski (hardcover)

Histories of World War II all try to bring their unique slant to the conflict, but this book comes from the hearts and minds of those who fought it. Collecting diaries, journals, letters home, after-action reports, and interviews, this book paints a picture of the end of the war as seen and felt by the men on the ground. After reading this, I felt more than ever the relief of the world at knowing this terrible period was finally ending in 1945. Russian, German, American, and British views all get play here, in one of the more interesting history books of the past years. Highly recommended.

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