The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith - J.K. Rowling may have just released a short story about Harry Potter and the crew at age 34, but readers are really digging her alter-ego's crime novels. Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott plunge into literary London as they try to solve the mystery surrounding the disappearance of novelist Owen Quine.
2) Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty - For two weeks during the spring this tome published by Harvard University Press was completely out of stock, awaiting the next printing. When we received boxes of it later we all had the same fear: was this one of those flash in the pan crazes or the real thing? We've had it in stock for months now and it's the book that just keeps on selling.
3) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - Now with brand a brand new Pulitzer Prize gold seal, The Goldfinch has an engrossing plot and crazy characters and an opening that will have you totally hooked.
4) The Keillor Reader by Garrison Keillor - A not-so-big secret: We love Garrison Keillor. No really, we do. And apparently so do our customers. This book of poems, stories, essays and anecdotes offer a great collection of Mr. Keillor's work.
5) My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit - In hardcover since November, My Promised Land keeps popping up on our bestseller list. The only thing that keeps a book going this long after initial publication is word of mouth. And this book has received some fantastic endorsements - like this New York Time's Columnist suggesting that both President Obama and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu read it.
6) The Arsonist by Sue Miller - A New England summer, houses ablaze, and passionate affairs. This book is hot all around, and debuts on our weekly best hot off the presses.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Pick your reasons for wanting to read it: a) for a deeply moving story of teenage love. b) to read the book that everyone is talking about. c) because you like to weep on the beach.
2) The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert - Turns out the author of Eat, Pray, Love is a damn good fiction writer too. And if you need convincing, come hear her read from her novel at the Coolidge Corner Theatre this Sunday.
3) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - If you ask me for a recommendation, I will hand you this book. Smart and relevant and funny and AND a love story. I adore Americanah.
4) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - This pocket sized paperback is a memoir of the early years of one our most beloved writers. Shockingly, she is also one of the most banned authors in the USA. I think I know what I'm reading next.
5) The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith - The mystery by an author who no one had heard of turned out to be a book by an author who most people have heard of. This book will be nothing like Harry Potter but, arguably, just as engrossing.
6) My Struggle: Book One by Karl Ove Knausgaard - Norwegian literary sensation writes about his life in six books. Three have been translated, and as he's recently become the talk of the literary world. The first book has been flying off our shelves. This is Jamie's beach read of choice.
7) The Circle by Dave Eggers - Dave Eggers does have a new novel out but everyone has been into this dystopian novel set in a faux Silicon Valley.