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Chevalier’s Elizabeth Newstat Shares Thoughts on August Bestsellers

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Chevalier’s Elizabeth Newstat shares her take on the bestselling titles from August 2015, listed below. For your perusal…


– Purity by Jonathan Franzen
“Mixed reviews, but Franzen’s the literary “It Boy” so it’s up to you.”

– Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
“The 4th volume of Steig Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander novels, written by another Swedish author after Steig died; reviews say it’s fine, but Larsson’s partner, Eva Gabrielsson, isn’t happy.”

– Wind/Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami
“Two early Murakami novels, written in the 1970s. Go for it, Murakami fans!”

– Go set a Watchman by Harper Lee
“Worth reading, at least for the literary history, ignore the bad reviews and see for yourself.”

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
“From customer reports, it seems everyone likes this Pulitzer prize winning novel about WWII in France.”

Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
“Just as popular as Gone Girl!”

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-Martian by Andy Weir
“Everyone loves this brilliant techno sci-fi.  Read it before the film comes out!”

-My Brilliant Friend  by Elena Ferrante
“The first volume of the tetralogy about two girlfriends growing up in 1950s Napoli. The fourth book, The Story of the Lost Child, has just been published and all four are wildly popular.”

 -Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
“Another before and after the pandemic novel, but everyone loves it.”

-Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
“2044, a virtual utopia, and the teenage Wade Watts has to figure out the puzzles and confront the real world if he’s going to survive.”

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– Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
“Probably anyone who likes Larson’s previous bestsellers will enjoy this book.”

– Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex by Michael Hiltzik
“A terrific book for anyone interested in science, history or the history of science.”

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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
“A powerful book by the Yale roommate of Robert Peace – about race, class, drugs, family, and, finally, Peace’s tragic life.”

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– Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“A quote from Toni Morrison, “I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of “Between the World and Me,” like Coates’ journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory. This is required reading.”

– I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
“A remarkable, inspirational tale.”

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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? ”

– How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
“One of the most revered Zen Buddhist teachers in the world today explains the essentials of mindfulness practice and how to love.”

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PICTURE FICTION (4-8 years):

– What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
“A never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss! Irrestistible.”

– The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
“Hilarious follow-up to The Day the Crayons Quit.

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– Me and Earl and the Dying Girl  by Jesse Andrews
“Funny and heartbreaking.”

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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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