The Best of Books

What you’re reading (June 2013)

Best-sellers and recommendations

Books Inc. hardcover best-seller list

  1. Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg
  2. Inferno: A Novel, by Dan Brown
  3. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, by David Sedaris
  5. Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
  6. City of Thieves: A Novel, by Davis Benioff
  7. It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great, by Gwyneth Paltrow
  8. Istanbul Passage: A Novel, by Joseph Kanon
  9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel, by Maria Semple
  10. Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe 1944-1945, by Rick Atkinson


All That Is

by James Salter

This is a novel to be savored and pondered from start to finish; one of the most emotional novels I have ever read. In a series of vignettes, Salter can summon up the intensity of a young man’s sexual desire to midlife maturity’s need to find what life is all about. But truly, there is much, much more to this novel; it’s a brilliant, entrancing work of art!

— B. Dito

The People of Forever are Not Afraid: A Novel

by Shani Boianjiu

Never has a book tested my nerves, my emotions, or my heart so much. Required!

— E. Freeman

Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon

by Matt Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido

Beautiful artwork and hilarious writing! Hawkeye is on a break from the Avengers but now must contend with mysterious damsels in distress and fishing stray arrows from his neighbor’s satellite dish.

— C. Lutes


This is What Happy Looks Like

by Jennifer E. Smith

A teen idol! Fateful e-mails! A tiny summer-vacation town in Maine! Love! A pet pig! Political scandal! This book has it all.

— E. Freeman



by Birgitta Sif

I love this story about a boy who likes to spend his time alone. As a shy young lady, a story like this would have really spoken to me when I was a girl. Though Oliver likes to be by himself, one day he sets out on an adventure that changes everything about how he sees the world.

— E. Freeman

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Sandy Mullin is the manager at Books Inc. in the Marina.