Sonoma’s Bestseller List, the week ending April 12

Arthur Dawson's book launch events around the county and local interest in his topic catapulted the book he co-authored to the top of Readers' hardcover bestseller list.

Hardcover nonfiction

1. 'Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images' by Arthur Dawson and others

A beautifully photographed book, celebrating Sonoma Mountain, its sense of place and the importance of that sense to our species.

2. 'Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook' by John McReynolds, Mike Emmanuel, Fiorella Butron and Leslie Sophia Lindell

The latest cookbook from the popular Stone Edge Farm Cookbook, focuses on 10 ingredients to help harvest, shop, stock one's pantry and cook everyday meals.

3. 'Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir' by Ruth Reichl

The latest memoir from the former editor of Gourmet, chronicles her 10 years at the magazine.

4. 'Becoming' by Michelle Obama

Memoir from the former First Lady.

5. 'The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming' by David Wallace-Wells

The deputy editor of New York magazine offers a meditation on the devastation of climate change as well as a call to action.

Paperback Nonfiction

1. 'Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood' by Trevor Noah

From the popular host of late night TV's 'The Daily Show,' an inspiring coming of age memoir during the early days of apartheid.

2. 'I Am, I Am, I Am: 17 Brushes With Death' by Maggie O'Farrell

The British novelist's string of vignettes of her many near death experiences, all in differing tones ranging from somber to comedic.

3. 'On Grand Strategy' by John Lewis Gaddis

Yale University history professor analyzes how leaders make strategic decisions, using examples from ancient through contemporary history.

4. 'Alexander Hamilton' by Ron Chernow

The bestselling biographer turns his attention to the turbulent life of one of the founding fathers; the basis for the award-winning Broadway musical.


1. 'Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid' by Jeff Kinney

Graphic Novel, ages 8-12. The latest installment from the popular 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series.

2. 'Sweety' by Andrea Zuill

Illustrated, ages 4-7. A bespectacled naked mole rat stays true to her awkward self.

3. 'The World's Greatest Detective' by Caroline Carlson

Middle Reader, ages 8-12. An 11-year-old orphan joins forces with his detective uncle to solve a murder case, invoking a Sherlock Holmes-like atmosphere.

4. 'The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise' by Dan Gemeinhart

Middle Reader, ages 9-12. A 12-year-old and her father, traveling for five itinerant years in a school bus, return to their hometown to rescue a memory box buried by her deceased mother and siblings.

5. 'Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself' by Matthew Gray Gubler

Early Chapter Book, ages 4-8. A sewer dwelling 'monster' and his sidekick learn about the joy of individuality and the magic of belonging.

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