Sonoma’s Bestseller List, the week ending Sept. 2
Previews for the film adaptation of “The Hate U Give” have propelled the young adult title onto many nonfiction bestseller lists, including here in Sonoma.
1. “The Soul of America: The Battle For Our Better Angels” by Jon Meacham
The Pulitzer Prize winning Presidential historian investigates how many former Presidents faced crises, giving a long term perspective of American history, and concluding the American soul is one of kindness and caring, not rancor and paranoia.
2. “Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises and Essays” by Rebecca Solnit
The bestselling essayist presents a searing call-to-arms on a range of social and political problems in America.
3. “House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia” by Craig Unger
A comprehensive investigation into the decades-long relationship among Trump, Putin and the Russian Mafia that ultimately helped Trump win the U.S. Presidency.
4. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover
Debut book from a recent Cambridge Ph.D., raised in rural Idaho by her survivalist parents and without schooling.
1. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance
Memoir of growing up in the Rust Belt, his Ivy League education and the plight of America’s angry white middle class.
2. “An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic” by Daniel Mendelsohn
Mathematician father joins his son’s college seminar class on Homer; they then embark on a journey to Greece in this scholarly yet poignant memoir of a father-son relationship.
3. “The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris” by Tom Sancton
The former Paris bureau chief for Time magazine exposes the scandal of a wealthy French family, the heirs to the L’Oreal fortune.
4. “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder
Yale history professor points out dangerous trends in current American politics.
5. “The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies” by Jason Fagone
In 1916, a young Quaker schoolteacher and poetry scholar is hired by an eccentric tycoon to decode secret messages he believes are embedded in Shakespeare’s plays; eventually moving on to the National Security Agency.
1. “Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas” by Dav Pilkey
From the creator of the Captain Underpants series comes the 5th installment of his popular Dog Man adventures.
2. “The Second Life of Ava Rivers” by Faith Gardner
YA, ages 14-plus. At 6 years of age, Vera’s twin sister disappears; 12 years later, her life is turned upside down when her sister Ava returns.
3. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
YA, ages 14-17. A 16-year-old girl witnesses her childhood friend’s death at the hands of a police officer; her life is then complicated by both the police and a local drug lord, when trying to find out from her the truth of the shooting.