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Best-seller list

  1. Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel Brown
  2. This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper
  3. City of Thieves, by David Benioff
  4. The Tender Bar, by J.R. Moehringer
  5. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
  6. Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
  7. The Circle, by Dave Eggers
  8. Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
  9. Season of the Witch, by David Talbot
  10. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

New favorites

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A Novel

by Haruki Murakami

A new book by the Japanese master, Colorless is a mind-bending return to Murakami’s classics like Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. A sweet, sorrowful novel of friendship and memory, it comes highly recommended.

The Dog: A Novel

by Joseph O’Neill

Netherland took the world by storm when it was published in 2008, and O’Neill’s long-awaited next novel arrived Sept. 9. It tells the story of a young man looking for answers in Dubai, and O’Neill’s marvelously humane style presents both his characters and their surrounding geography in stark light. He once again reveals to us the terrible cruelty of the world and the strength of people’s spirit. Books Inc. is pleased to welcome him to our store Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. for a reading and signing.

The Bone Clocks: A Novel

by David Mitchell

The literary world always waits expectantly for a new David Mitchell book, and he once again delivers a stunning work of fiction spanning time and space in his very distinct style. Lovers of Cloud Atlas and Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet will once again marvel at Mitchell’s ability to weave parallel narratives into a powerfully emotional revelation.

The Rush: America’s Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848–1853,

by Edward Dolnick

The Gold Rush shaped San Francisco in many ways; in fact, one could argue it created San Francisco. Dolnick doesn’t go quite that far, but he does illuminate the many fascinating ways our city — and indeed the entire country — was shaped by the promise of gold and riches in California. Using firsthand accounts and diaries, this is history from the ground up and an excellent read.

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette

by Hampton Sides

Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Hellhound on His Trail has done it again with this gripping history of Arctic exploration and survival. It tells the story of the USS Jeannette and the 33 men who became marooned in polar ice and faced a 1,000-mile journey across the ice to survive. This is an unbelievable tale for lovers of gripping adventure history. Our very own Bill Dito recommends it.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

by Randall Munroe

Munroe, the erudite author and illustrator of the popular Web comic xkcd lets his scientific mind go wild in this superb book of hypothetical questions seriously answered. Ever wonder what would happen if you tried to hit a baseball going the speed of light? Ever considered cooking your steak via reentry into Earth’s atmosphere? Or wondered when the number of dead people profiles on Facebook will outnumber live ones? Munroe takes each to task with a through exploration, using humor, math and popular culture. This is a fun book and a great gift for any science lover in your life.

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