The Best of Books

What you’re reading: Best sellers and recommendations

Books Inc. hardcover best-seller list

  1. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, by Michael Lewis
  2. Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel Brown
  3. City of Thieves, by David Benioff
  4. This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper
  5. Frozen (a Little Golden Book), by R.H. Disney
  6. Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
  7. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  8. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
  9. The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner
  10. The Pigeon Needs a Bath!, by Mo Willems


Flash Boys
by Michael Lewis
Lewis’s newest nonfiction work is another thrill ride of interesting characters, extraordinary stories, and some mildly disturbing lessons about our economic systems. A fun, quick read!
— Brian Pettus

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
Tartt’s timing is split-second perfect with each revelation in this rich and layered novel. I won’t say more but would like to discuss with any readers what they considered the basic elements of the story — I have my own conclusions. It’s one great read.
— Bill Dito
If there was an “it” book last year, it was this one. This gorgeous tale of art, family, love, and loss has polarized readers, and many come away transformed.
— Brian Pettus


Frozen (a Little Golden Book)
by R.H. Disney
The newest Disney classic to take over our hearts (and the airwaves), Frozen is an update on the classic Snow Queen myth of Hans Christian Andersen. The Golden Book version isn’t just stills from the movie; the Disney artists went all out creating a beautifully illustrated summation of the story, sure to please the youngest fans in your house.
— Brian Pettus

Pigeon Needs a Bath!
by Mo Willems
Pigeon is back and just as great as ever. This is a great series to read to your children and for them to read on their own.
— Brian Pettus


City of Thieves
by David Benioff
Bill Dito, one of our booksellers, just sold his 5,000th copy of this World War II thriller! It’s a great read — if you weren’t one of the 5,000, be sure to pick up your copy.

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