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What people are reading in the Northside
By Rich Ciccotelli

The Three Weissmann's of WestportThe Books Inc. Northside best-seller list
1. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (fiction, hardcover)
2. The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine (fiction, hardcover)
3. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson (fiction, hardcover)
4. Postmistress, by Sarah Blake (fiction, hardcover)
5. Angelology, by Danielle Trussoni (fiction, hardcover)
6. The Surrendered, by Chang-rae Lee (fiction, hardcover)
7. Alice I Have Been,by Melanie Benjamin (fiction, hardcover)
8. The Infinities,by John Banville (fiction, hardcover)
9. The Man From Beijing, by Henning Mankell (fiction, hardcover)
10. If You Follow Me,by Malena Watrous (fiction, paperback)


Ordinary Thunderstorms,
by William Boyd

This one starts right up and grips you when our main character, Adam Kindred, who is in London for a job interview, loses everything in a blink of an eye – his passport, credit cards … essentially his identity. Now on the run, he is thrust into the vast underworld of London as he tries to find a new identity for himself. Great writing. Great story.  
Rich C.

The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine
After 48 years of marriage, 75-year-old Betty Weissmann finds herself divorced and booted from her Upper West Side apartment in favor of her ex-husband’s mistress. She moves in to a beach house with her two grown and unmarried daughters. That’s when the high jinx begins in this loose take on Sense and Sensibility. This is the next must-read book, for sure.
Rich C.


Homer & Langley,
by E. L. Doctorow
A feat of authorial craftiness – narrated by a blind man going progressively deaf, this novel reads like a surreal slideshow of contemporary American history. It’s surprisingly funny to boot. 
Maggie T.

Making Toast,

by Roger Rosenblatt

An amazing and painful memoir
of a broken family put back together. After their daughter’s sudden death, the grandparents move in with their son-in-law to care for their three grandchildren. Put back in the position of caring for young kids, we see the family sustained through their grief with the strength of their love.
Rich C.

For Kids
The Heart and the Bottle

The Heart and the Bottle,
by Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers is my favorite picture-book author, and this new book from him might be my favorite. It’s a stunning story of curiosity, love, loss, and recovery.
– Maggie T.

Rich Ciccotelli is the manager of Books Inc. in the Marina. The best-seller is list based on sales in Books Inc.’s stores in the Marina and Laurel Village during the first three weeks of March.

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