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What people are reading in the Northside
By Rich Ciccotelli

The Help

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Fiction Best-seller List

1. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson
2. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
3. Spies of the Balkans, by Alan Furst
4. The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman
5. Innocent, by Scott Turow
6. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
7. Island Beneath The Sea, by Isabel Allende
8. 61 Hours, by Lee Child
9. Heart of the Matter, by Emily Giffin
10. Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes


Books Inc. staff picks

The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter, by Jason Kersten
Here’s a fascinating account of how a brilliant and persistent counterfeiter succeeds in producing virtually perfect hundred dollar bills – at home! 
Bob Deloria

The Bolter, by Frances Osborne
This is a story about the scandalous affairs of British aristocracy in Edwardian England through the Jazz Age. Irina Sackville’s life of sex, money and glamour make for a wonderfully interesting read. I felt Irina’s greatest pleasure was her love for Africa, which the author describes beautifully. This book brings a vanished age to life. Now in paperback.
Bill Dito


Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory,
by Ben Macintyre
Let’s face it – war is a game. A horrible game at that, but still not without its fun side. Like chess or football, outwitting the enemy can be very rewarding. This book is about how British Intelligence (M15) conceived a plan to fool the Nazis. It’s not a gore-war story, it’s a rollicking good ride told by a skilled writer. If you like spy stories, this is highly recommended. 
– Bill Dito

When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories From a Persuasive Man,
by Jerry Weintraub
I read this book because a customer who worked for Disney said Weintraub was one of the nicest guys she’d ever met, and I think she’s right. His stories are fun, fast and interesting. I particularly enjoyed his outlook on life and his values. He obviously loves people. For those who love the Hollywood culture, forget those weekly magazines, and take a good look at what it’s really like. Get this book.  
– Bill Dito

For Kids

Pierre The Penguin: A True Story, by Jean Marzollo
The true tale of one of our very own S.F. neighbors, Pierre, who lives in the California Academy of Sciences. Adorable rhymes and cute illustrations make this a must!
Maggie Tokuda-Hall

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

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