East Bay Best-Sellers 

What's on your neighbor's nightstand this month.

East Bay Best-Sellers lists this month's top-selling books as reported by independent bookstores in the East Bay, including: Avenue Books, Black Oak, Cody's, Collected Thoughts, Diesel, Pegasus, and Walden Pond.

NONFICTION

1. Fast-Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser (Harper Collins, $13.95). Feces in the meat and the unsavory secret of Secret Sauce are but two of the revelations sizzling herein.

2. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich (Metropolitan, $23). Wondering how welfare reform was working out, the author took minimum-wage jobs to see if she could survive.

3. The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan (Random House, $24.95). A "plant's-eye view" of humanity's struggle to control nature explores the histories of apples, tulips, potatoes, and cannabis.

4. Stupid White Men, by Michael Moore (Regan Books, $24.95). Comic iconoclast Moore skewers, barbecues, and gleefully humiliates the Washington power elite.

5. 9/11, by Noam Chomsky (Seven Stories, $8.95). Chomsky out-Chomskys himself, blaming America for the September 11 attacks and branding it a "terrorist nation."

6. Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House, $24.95). A horse is a horse, of course -- but no horse could ever run like this champion.

7. Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, by Gore Vidal (Thunder's Mouth, $10). In this loose assemblage of previously published articles, Vidal lambastes the US as a Nazi-like police state.

8. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, by Greg Palast (Stylus, $25). Corruption, greed, and economic atrocities on a global scale are exposed to the harsh light of day.

9. NEW A Map of Berkeley's Pathways, (Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, $3.95). This map/guide to Berkeley's myriad hidden pedestrian-only paths has become essential gear for East Bay walkers.

10. NEW Despite Everything: A Cometbus Omnibus, by Aaron Cometbus (Last Gasp, $14.95). Excerpts from the mesmerizing handwritten diary/zine of an introspective punk drummer and East Bay scene chronicler.

FICTION

1. Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins, $13.95). This offbeat epic follows a band of South American terrorists who seize an embassy, a Japanese industrialist, and an opera singer.

2. Empire Falls, by Richard Russo (Vintage Books, $14.95). A dysfunctional cast of colorful characters spirals toward oblivion in a dilapidated and dying New England mill town.

3. NEW The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, (Little, Brown, $24.95). Narrated by a murdered girl watching her family from heaven, this debut effort plumbs the outer reaches of emotion.

4. The Amazing Adventurews Of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon (Random House, $15). A Berkeley author's swashbuckling tale of two cousins who create a comic-book hero.

5. Everything Is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer (Houghton Mifflin, $25). A twentysomething seeks his grandfather's shtetl in this pyrotechnical, multilayered marvel.

6. How To Be Good, by Nick Hornby (Riverhead, $24.95). Extramarital shenanigans and a surplus of good intentions threaten to drive a marriage onto the rocks.

7. Atonement, by Ian McEwan (Doubleday, $26). Booker Prize-winning McEwan's latest epic examines the nature of perception.

8. Nanny DiariesS, by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (St. Martin's, $24.95). Two Mary Poppinses rip into the elitism and hypocrisy of a barely fictionalized socialite mater.

9. Emperor of Ocean Park, by Stephen L. Carter (Knopf, $26.95). A Yale prof penned this suspenseful thriller exposing Beltway corruption.

10. Choke, by Chuck Palahniuk (Anchor, $13). Palahniuk's long-suffering antihero juggles sex addiction, choking-for-profit con games, and the fear that he is Jesus reborn.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Latest in Books

Author Archives

  • What We Read in 2010

    The East Bay's bestsellers.
    • Nov 24, 2010
  • What We Read in 2009

    Before reflexively buying a bestseller, consider this critical evaluation of the top books in the East Bay.
    • Nov 25, 2009
  • More»

Most Popular Stories

Special Reports

Summer Guide 2016

Your definitive guide to summertime entertainment, outings, eating, drinking, and more.

Sustainable Living 2016

Everything you need to know about saving water, energy efficiency, sustainable farming and eating, and more.

© 2016 East Bay Express    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation