New releases dominate the local Top 10


Top-selling titles from Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma for the week of September 20-20. 26, 2021

Petaluma readers absolutely gobble up recent book releases, their apparent appetite for something fresh and new, the result of growing boredom with bestsellers that remain at the top of bestseller lists for weeks to come. and weeks, or just because the book industry has suddenly released a lot of great material in recent weeks.

Maybe a little of each.

Whatever the reason, only two of this week’s top 10 books – “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik (# 5) and “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (# 9) – have ever been on the list. listing. Less than half of the total list – including the two named above plus Alice Hoffman’s “Magic Lessons” (# 8) and Jodi Picoult’s “Book of Two Ways” (# 10) – have more than a few weeks. And for what it’s worth, three of those older books – No. 8, No. 9, and No. 10 – just came out in paperback, so you could say they’re a bit new as well.

Of the first 7, only one – it would be “A Deadly Education” – is more than a few weeks old.

This week’s # 1 is the highly anticipated latest book in journalist-author Bob Woodward’s trilogy of Trump-themed literary novels, which includes 2018’s “Rage” and 2020’s “Fear”. Co-authored with l ‘historian and novelist Bob Costa, the book examines the dangerous few months between the election of Joe Biden and the eventual exit from the White House of Donald Trump, during which the foundations of American democracy seemed to be on the verge of breaking down. collapse as incumbent president. hesitated, conceding his obviously unquestionable defeat. The new book shows how close we have come to a successful dictatorial dissolution of constitutional law, and argues that the danger to democracy set in motion during these months is far from over.

Another non-fiction work takes second place, as Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe release “Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Democracy,” telling the centuries-old story of the American family of which Cooper is a descendant of the side. from his mother. The next two new releases are novels: “Beautiful World, Where Are You” by Sally Rooney (# 3), the story of two friends in Ireland and how their lives overlap and diverge, and “Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead (# 4), a 1920s detective novel set in Harlem, already has people saying Whitehead (author of Pulitzer’s award-winning novels “The Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys”) might go for a triple turn .

The latest two newcomers are “Bewilderment” (No. 6), an intimate novel about fatherhood and grief by Richard Powers (“The Understory”) and “Fuzz” (No. 7), a non-fiction take on attacks on humans by savages. animals, birds to bears, delivered by the author of “Stiff”, “Grunt” and “Gulp”.

There’s a good chance at least some of these newcomers will stick around, becoming the next bestseller to make the list for the weeks to come.

Have you guessed which – or more than one – it will be?

Here’s the full list of the top 10 books on Copperfield’s Fiction and Non-Fiction List, plus the full list of kids and young adults.


1. ‘Danger, ‘by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa – The latest in a behind-the-scenes trilogy examining the start, middle and end of Trump’s tumultuous presidency, “Peril” not only details how close we are to a dictatorial dissolution successful achievement of American Democracy, it shows that this danger is far from over.

2. ‘Vanderbilt, ‘by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe – Subtitled “The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty,” this elaborate exploration of the Vanderbilt family’s place in American history is full of startling twists and buried revelations since a long time.

3. ‘Beautiful people, where are you, ‘by Sally Rooney – A new novel from the author of “Normal People” follows the relationships and correspondence of two friends who live and work in Ireland but are often on different worlds.

4. ‘Harlem Shuffle, ‘by Colson Whitehead – The author of the Pulitzer-winning novels “The Underground Railroad” and The Nickel Boys “returns with a rowdy detective novel set in Harlem in the 1920s.

5. ‘A deadly education, ‘by Naomi Novik – Yes, the Novik 2020 fantasy novel features a less than safe boarding school for promising young magic users, but this one, called the Scholomance – filled with terrifying and deadly monsters and a ritual of surrender breathtaking degrees, makes Hogwarts look like Mister Roger’s neighborhood.


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