August 2, 2021

DCTRS

Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies

Bestsellers List Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021

SoCal Bestsellers

Hardcover Fiction


1. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Riverhead: $27) Identical twin sisters run away from their small Black community in the South and live very different lives.

2. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Viking: $26) A reader in an infinite library is torn between versions of the life she is leading and the life she could be leading.

3. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Knopf: $27) An Elizabethan tale of love and grief in 16th century Stratford-Upon-Avon.

4. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Tor: $27) In 1714 France, a desperate young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever but is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

5. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey: $27) A woman is summoned to a mysterious home in rural Mexico to rescue her newlywed cousin.

6. The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. (Putnam: $27) A forbidden relationship between two enslaved men is torn apart when a fellow slave begins preaching the master’s gospel.

7. Outlawed by Anna North (Bloomsbury: $26) In the Old West a married, childless woman joins a gang of desperados.

8. The Searcher by Tana French (Viking: $27) A recently divorced retired Chicago cop settles down in a quiet Irish village, where he gets dragged into a mystery.

9. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (Ballantine: $29) A return to the world of OASIS in a sequel to “Ready Player One.”

10. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (Atria: $28) After a botched bank robbery, the perpetrator takes eight hostages in an apartment.

Hardcover nonfiction


1. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders (Random House: $28) A masterclass for writers using Russian short stories.

2. A Promised Land by Barack Obama (Crown: $45) The first Black president of the U.S. offers a personal account of the issues he faced early in his presidency.

3. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House: $32) A hidden caste system influences the lives of Americans.

4. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne: $23) A modern fable explores life’s universal lessons through four archetypes.

5. Breath by James Nestor (Riverhead: $28) New research yields breathtaking results.

6. Exercised by Daniel Lieberman (Pantheon: $30) The professor of human biology debunks myths and answers questions about exercise.

7. The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler (Harper Wave: $29) The performance expert reveals the secrets of elite athletes, scientists, CEOs and artists.

8. Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Dial: $28) The activist explores the peace that comes when we stop striving to meet the world’s expectations.

9. The Beauty of What Remains by Steve Leder (Avery: $26) The rabbi shares his experience with loss.

10. Kamala’s Way by Dan Morain (Simon & Schuster: $28) A biography of the U.S.’ first Black female vice president.

Paperback fiction


1. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Grove Press: $17)

2. Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Vintage: $16)

3. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper: $17)

4. Circe by Madeline Miller (Back Bay: $17)

5. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (Scribner: $18)

6. When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (Morrow: $17)

7. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano (Mariner: $15)

8. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Ecco: $17)

9. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Anchor: $16)

10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (HarperOne: $17)

Paperback nonfiction


1. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed: $18)

2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen: $13)

3. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (TarcherPerigee: $17)

4. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder (Tim Duggan Books: $10)

5. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk (Penguin: $19)

6. The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris (Penguin: $18)

7. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Vintage: $14)

8. How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan (Penguin: $18)

9. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Seal Press: $17)

10. How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell (Melville House: $18)