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October’s Bestsellers from Chevalier’s Books

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Ready to read? Select some titles from Chevalier’s Books October Bestsellers list below.  Chevalier’s own Elizabeth Newstat shares her input. For your perusal…

– City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
“The most hyped novel of the season – not the ‘70s NYC I remember, but hard to put down in spite of its  weighing in at (a too long) 900 pages; would have worked well serialized, like Dickens.”

– A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
“Harrowing, brutal, tender, brilliant, it will move you to tears! I hope she wins the National Book Award this month.”

– Submission by Michel Houllebec
“Proof that we have highly intellectual (or pseudo) customers.”

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– Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
“Winner of the Man-Booker Prize! From everyone I’ve talked to, just great! I’ve been meaning to read it for months, and now I will, and hope you will too.”

My Brilliant Friend, and the other three in the tetraology by Elena Ferrante
“Can’t keep them in stock! Neapolitan friendship from girlhood to womanhood. I didn’t love the first one, but liked it, and nobody has told me they didn’t enjoy these books.”

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– Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawaii by Susanna Moore
“A well researched, elegantly written history of Hawaii.”

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– Empty Mansions : The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
“Scandalous, haunting, riveting…”

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– Freeman’s: Arrival
“The first publication of John Freeman’s  biannual anthology of new writing with the first theme being arrival – makes sense, arrival of this new anthology, right?  Fiction, non-fiction, poetry by well-known and not so well-known authors from around the world.  Please believe me, absolutely brilliant!  Not to be missed!!  And you’ll find spectacular writing by authors you may not yet have heard of.”

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– M Train by Patti Smith
“For everyone who loved Patti’s beautiful memoir, Just Kids, in M Train Smith explores her life through visits to the places she loves.”

– I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malaa Yousafzai
“A well-deserved bestseller by the Nobel Peace Prize Winner; inspirational, remarkable.”

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– The  Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
“A master class on the art of the memoir” – NYT Book Review

“Everyone I’ve talked to who’ve read (or heard Karr giving a talk) says this is an “it” book. For all of you memoir writers!” – Liz

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The book is addressed to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ adolescent son, but needs to be read by everyone.”

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Life- Saving Magic of Tidying Up:The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
“Most customers say it’s for a gift. Hmm? And would someone please give this to me before guests have to crawl around my stacks and stacks of books and magazines?”

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– Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
“Purported to be even better and funnier than her last collection of essays.”

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– The Wrenchies by Farel Dairymple
“A violent futuristic (what else?) world, original, as to be expected from Farel Dairymple.”

– Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! a Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton
“Beaton’s satire is mightier than the sword.”

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“Everything from our bestseller, Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book by Bun B and Shea Serrano, to Mandala Magic: Amazing Mandalas Coloring Book for Adults are crazy popular – crazy to me, but then coloring between the lines just hasn’t calmed me down. Nonetheless studies show they’re therapeutic (whose studies, the authors’ studies?)”

– The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak
“Silly, funny, a winner!”

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MIDDLE READER (9-12 years)
– Mary Anne Saves the Day (Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #3) by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier
“Raina Telgemeier’s graphics are revitalizing the Baby-Sitters Club.”

– Dork Diaries #10 by Rachel Renee Russell
“#10 of the series and still going strong!”

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– Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
“Not one bad review of Bardugo’s latest (not part of her last series). Plot and writing are rumored to be terrific!”

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– Nopi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
“As always, a brilliant cookbook by the great Ottolenghi, this time with another of his chefs who has brought new flavors to the mix; intended for serious home cooks, more difficult than the previous Ottolenghis.”

– Thug Kitchen Party Grub by Thug Kitchen
“Another hip vegan cookbook by the Thugs.”

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Want more information on any of these books? Come in and talk directly to Liz, or to another one of Chevalier’s booksellers!

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