Sonoma’s Bestseller List

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1. “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate” by Al Franken

The U.S. Senator and former comedy writer’s memoir of his Senatorial campaign and service in government.

2. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Short and sweet explanation of the nature of space and time.

3. “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)” by David Sedaris

40 years of the bestselling humorist’s personal diaries, providing glimpses into his life, much of which has formed the basis for his essays.

4. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance

Yale Law School graduate’s examination of the struggling white middle class and his upbringing among it.

5. “”You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships” by Deborah Tannen

Georgetown University linguistics professor’s essays on female friendships, specifically examining the different methods of communication


1. “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century: by Timothy Snyder

Slim volume of essays, warning of a new threat of totalitarianism in our country.

2. “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays” by Samantha Irby

Second collection of humorous essays from the popular blogger.

3. “The Bonjour Effect: The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed” by Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau

Gleeful yet substantive essays that unravel the mysteries of the spoken French language.

4. “Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal?” by Jeanette Winterson

Memoir from the acclaimed British novelist of being adopted by fundamentalist Christians and later in life, the search for her biological mother.

5. “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond

Pulitzer Prize winner, study of Milwaukee families caught in a chronic cycle of evictions.

Children’s titles

1. “The Wave” by Todd Strasser

Young Adult, ages 12+. Based on a true story of a teacher who conducted classroom experiments dealing with group pressures.

2. “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World” by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger

Illustrated, ages 4-8. Profiles of 13 American women who left their mark on U.S. history, with beautiful watercolor illustrations.

3. “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

Young Adult, ages 12+. A teenage girl who is literally allergic to everything.

4. “The Trials of Apollo, Book Two: The Dark Prophecy” by Rick Riordan

Science Fiction, ages 12+. Clashes of mythic figures and pop culture.

5. “Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel” by Adam Rubin

Illustrated, ages 4-8. Sequel to its popular predecessor, featuring time traveling dragons in search of a fresh supply of tacos.

The best-selling nonfiction titles at Readers’ Books, the week ending June 10.

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