The Books Inc. Northside best-seller list
1. The Big Short, by Michael Lewis (nonfiction, hardcover)
2. Solar, by Ian McEwan (fiction, hardcover)
3. The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson (fiction, hardcover)
4. The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine
5. The Male Brain, by Louann Brizendine (nonfiction, hardcover)
6. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson (fiction, hardcover)
7. Postmistress, by Sarah Blake (fiction, hardcover)
8. Mapping of Love and Death, by Jacqueline Winspear (fiction, hardcover)
9. Surrendered, by Chan-Rae Lee (fiction, hardcover)
10. Alice I Have Been, by Melanie Benjamin (fiction, hardcover)
Books Inc. Staff Picks
Parrot & Olivier in America, by Peter Carey
The main character, Olivier, is loosely based on the great French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville, and his overseer, the Englishman called Parrot. Each gives their observations on the United States and its new democracy soon after the American and French Revolutions. Peter Carey creates a dual narrative with two great characters with excellent insights into our way of life. You’ll want to follow them around forever.
– Rich Ciccotelli
Ransom, by David Malouf
Get your Homer on with this wonderful retelling of Achilles’s desecration of Hector’s corpse, one of the great heroic revenge stories of all time. Malouf follows the story of Priam, king of Troy, as he tries to pay a ransom to get his son’s body back. Malouf’s language is moving, real and full of detail. Read this along with the new book The Lost Books Of The Odyssey by Zachary Mason to fill your ancient Greek fix.
– Cec Ichinose
The First Tycoon, by T.J. Stiles
Local author and Books Inc. customer Stiles won the National Book Award earlier this year and now has been awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Not too shabby. This epic tale of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s life is a vastly researched and a well-told narrative of Vanderbilt’s struggles, troubles and successes.
– Rich Ciccotelli
Young Adult Crossovers
The Young Adult (YA) category has been producing some great books for kids, and great for adults too. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher is one of these crossover books. The plot twists are plentiful in this crazy-cool tale of true identities, political skullduggery and mystery. An exciting page-turner that may appeal to lovers of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
– 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 April.