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Books Inc. best-seller list

  1. The Girl on the Train: A Novel, by Paula Hawkins
  2. City of Thieves: A Novel, by David Benioff
  3. Cool Gray City of Love, by Gary Kamiya
  4. Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel Brown
  5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo
  6. The I Love You Book, by Todd Parr
  7. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel, by Anthony Doerr
  8. Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, by Ina Garten
  9. The Blackhouse: The Lewis Trilogy, by Peter May
  10. The Michelin Guide: San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Restaurants 2015


We Are Pirates: A Novel

by Daniel Handler

The man behind Lemony Snicket is back with a topsy-turvy tale of modern-day pirates in the San Francisco Bay, and the father-daughter relationship at the heart is a revelation. Weird, wacky, but heart warming and true, this is a great book for those for whom the old standbys aren’t cutting it.

The Sculptor

by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud is a name well known in comics circles for his classic text Understanding Comics. Now McCloud throws his mind into the art form he so clearly loves, and has produced a work of art that Neil Gaiman proclaims is “the best graphic novel I’ve read in years.” It tells the story of a young sculptor who has struck a Faustian bargain for his art, and now has found love. With twists, turns, and clever writing, and a remarkable emotional depth, The Sculptor is an amazing achievement and a must-read for all fans of a story well told.

A Small Indiscretion: A Novel

by Jan Ellison

Local author Ellison has crafted a taut, time-spanning story of a woman’s life and loves, and how her summer of decadence in London decades ago comes back to haunt her life in the Bay Area today. This is one for your afternoon read — a thrilling, up-and-down story that will remind you of the fragility and strength of our relationships.


by Gordon Korman

Best-selling children’s author Korman casts a group of young, idyllic children as seekers of truth as their carefully constructed lives start to crack when they realize that they live in a town of criminal masterminds — and the masterminds are their parents! Cleverness and intrigue abound as the children seem to understand the what and the why of their lives and find their own way into the larger world. A great, great read.

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