Sunday, August 16, 2009

If We Were Hipper, We'd Juke These Lists

8/9 - 8/15
Inkwell's Fiction Top Sellers:

1. Still Alice
By Lisa Genova
Pocket Books, $15.00
Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by a first-time author who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind and Ordinary People, this work packs an emotional punch.

2. Time Traveler's Wife
By Audrey Niffenegger
Harvest Books, $14.95
A dazzling debut novel told in a most untraditional fashion. Fall in love with the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course.

3. I See You Everywhere
By Julia Glass
Anchor Books, $15.00
From the author of the bestselling Three Junes comes an intimate tale of two sisters, together and apart, told in their alternating voices over 25 years. I See You Everywhere offers a piercingly candid story of companionship and sorrow, life and death.

4. That Old Cape Magic
By Richard Russo
Knopf, $25.95
In this follow-up to Bridge of Sighs, Russo delivers a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it is he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.

5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
By Stieg Larsson
Vintage, $14.95
In this European publishing sensation, a crusading journalist joins forces with a 24-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker to investigate the whereabouts of a missing woman from one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

8/9 - 8/15
Inkwell's Nonfiction Top Sellers:

1. Born to Run
By Christopher McDougall
Knopf, $24.95
Part adventure story, part extreme sports, Born to Run is a riveting story about one journalist's quest to discover the secrets of the world's greatest distance runners, a reclusive Indian tribe living deep in the Copper Canyon of northern Mexico.

2. Red Leather Diary
By Lily Koppel
Harper, $14.99
A New York Times journalist discovers a discarded old diary - a find that introduces her to an extraordinary woman - Florence Wolfson - and a glamorous, forgotten time. Evocative and entrancing, The Red Leather Diary recreates the romance and glitter of 1930s New York.

3. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
By Haruki Murakami
Vintage, $15.00
Murakami's new book is by turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical; this memoir is both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.

4. A Colossal Failure of Common Sense
By Lawrence G. McDonald
Crown Business, $27.00
McDonald, a former vice president at Lehman Brothers, offers an intimate look inside the mad house that Lehman became, and shows beyond a doubt that Lehman's top executives were totally out to lunch, allowing Lehman's risk profile to reach gargantuan proportions.

5. We Two
By Gillian Gill
Ballantine, $35.00
Gill presents a 21st-century perspective on a giant of English history, Queen Victoria, and her marriage to German Prince Albert. As Gill shows, the marriage of Victoria and Albert was great not because it was perfect, but because it was passionate and complicated.