1. A Dance With Dragons, by George R.R. Marin
2. The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
3. State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
4. The Magician King, by Lev Grossman
5. Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
6. Portrait of a Spy, by Daniel Silva
7. House of Holes, by Nicholson Baker
8. This Beautiful Life, by Helen Schulman
9. Unsaid, by Neil Abramson
10. Cold Vengeance, by Douglas Preston
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created,
by Charles C. Mann
Charles Mann, author of 1491, has done it again. We learn how a Spaniard named Legazpi, long after Columbus, built the Columbian Exchange, the first global network of goods and trade, which pretty much sets the stage for the rest of human history. An amazing read.
Mission Street Food, by Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz
Published by McSweeney’s (that should tell you something about the quality), this unique cookbook and foodie delight is entertaining and practical. The story of an institution made up of rotating chefs tucked in a small Chinese joint that is part restaurant, part taco truck, and also a charitable organization.
Menus for Chez Panisse, by Patricia Curtan
If you’ve ever eaten at Chez Panisse or looked at the cookbooks, you know Patricia Curtan’s beautiful letterpress and art. This book collects over 40 years of menus, and includes some special menus done for famous guests like Hillary Clinton and Julia Child. With a forward by Alice Waters herself.
Book Inc.'s Staff Picks
Shark vs. Train, by Chris Barton
Which is better – a shark or a train? Well that depends on what they’re doing. Who’s better at roasting marshmallows? How about flying a hot air balloon? Find out in this awesome book!
Rich Ciccotelli is the manager of Books Inc. in the Marina. The best-seller list is based on sales in Books Inc.’s stores in the Marina and Laurel Village during the first three weeks of April.