The Best of Books

What you’re reading (September 2013)

Books Inc. hardcover best-seller list
Frog Trouble: … and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs
  1. The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith
  2. Zealot, by Reza Aslan
  3. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, by Ian Doescher
  4. This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America’s Gilded Capital, by Mark Leibovich
  5. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
  6. City of Thieves: A Novel, by David Benioff
  7. The Sound of Things Falling, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
  8. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg
  9. Beautiful Ruins: A Novel, by Jess Walter
  10. The Bat, by Jo Nesbø


Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
by Joseph Ellis
This book is comfort food for history buffs. There is nothing more pleasing than reacquainting yourself with the American Revolution and the birth of our great democracy. I consider the founding fathers family, and there’s no better historian than Ellis to take you on the journey with intelligence, clarity, and style. Five stars.
— Bill Dito

The Sound Of Things Falling
by Juan Gabriel Vasques
I breezed through this short but brilliant novel that paints a startling picture of life in Bogata, Columbia. It is a novel of depth and an intelligent look at contemporary issues (e.g., drugs, The Peace Corps), and how outside forces (and flukes) can affect our lives.
— Bill Dito


A Tangle Of Knots
by Lisa Graff
Action! Adventure! Baked goods! This novel from veteran middle-grade author Lisa Graff promises all that and delivers a lovely, sweet story you will eat up, like my baking puns. Read it!
— Elizabeth Freeman


Frog Trouble: … and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs
by Sandra Boynton
In this latest collection of silly songs (this time in a country music vein), Sandra Boynton (Philadelphia Chickens, Moo Baa La La La) serenades us (with help from Dwight Yoakam, Ryan Adams, and Alison Krauss, among others) with songs like “Alligator Stroll,” “I’ve Got a Dog” and “When Pigs Fly.” Fun for the whole family!
— Sandy Mullin

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Sandy Mullin is the manager at Books the Marina.