Monday, December 7, 2009

Last Week's Top Twenty

Still looking for inspiration for gifts this month? Here are the 20 bestselling books (or book-like objects) at Broadway Books last week. Surely you can find some great ideas in this list. Wonder how it will differ from this week's list???

  • Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (very important book!)
  • The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver (her first novel in years!)
  • Stones into Schools, Greg Mortenson (continuing the fine work documented in Three Cups of Tea)
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery (life in a French apartment)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson (the first in red-hot trilogy)
  • Too Much Happiness, Alice Munro (the latest from the master of the short story)
  • Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann (National Book Award winner - just out in PB!)
  • My Life in France, Julia Child (saw the movie, finally, this weekend. Loved it!)
  • The 2010 Sierra Club Engagement Calendar (neck-and-neck with Audubon engagement)
  • The Help, Kathryn Stockett (This book just keeps selling and selling and selling)
  • Live for Your Listening Pleasure, David Sedaris (ok, not exactly a book - it's a CD - but woohee fun!)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (an epistolary novel with a heart-warming back story -- just ask!)
  • Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder (The author of Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  • Fearless Critic Portland Restaurant Guide (hot off the press!)
  • Where Men Win Glory, Jon Krakauer (Krakauer - one of our favs - writes about Pat Tillman)
  • Half-Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls (The Glass Castle author writes about grandma)
  • Open, Andre Agassi (memoir co-written with JR Moehringer of The Tender Bar fame)
  • Convictions, John Kroger (Oregon's Attorney General just won Oregon Book Award for nonfiction for this book)
  • Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel (2009 Booker Prize winner about Thomas Cromwell)
  • Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel told in stories)

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