Monday, June 13, 2011

Top 5 bestselling hardcover nonfiction, June 9 - 16 (according to NPR.org)

List by NPR.org

There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house."
- Joe Ryan

Howdy & gidday! Just a quick warning that one of today's book titles uses the F-bomb. Not in my post, though. I've used *expletive deleted* but the correctly catalogued title of Mansbach's book will display in our catalogue with the F-bomb. If you're still with us at this point (whether for reasons of titillation, curiosity or pure cussedness), then read on. Are you on the hunt for new titles, like I am? I was scouring the interwebs over the weekend (I know, my idea of 'fun' is a little bit geeky) and ended up at NPR.org looking for ideas for book requests and found a fair few from this week's bestselling hardcover nonfiction list that are totally worth my time and attention. Interesting, though, is the inclusion of the much written/talked about/debated Facebook status-turned book Go the *expletive deleted* to sleep by Adam Mansbach. Is it purely curiosity that makes me request Mansbach's book? Yes. And no. I want to see, for myself, what the fuss is about. I want to see why illegally leaked galleys (and a huge amount of copyright infringement) still saw the title hit #1 on Amazon's list (with over 100,000 pre-orders). I want to know why Family First leader Bob McCoskrie labelled it offensive in the Herald on Sunday without even having read it. And I'd like to know if my amusement with Jeremy Corbett's statement that McCoskrie 'lighten up' was justified. I'd like to also point out that no, I'm not going to let my nephews/niece read it. For those of you not so interested in the frustrations of trying to get a child to sleep this list also offers oh so much more. So...on to the top 5 bestselling hardcover nonfiction books for June 9 - 16 2011 as listed on NPR.org.



Honourable mention:
  • The social animal : the hidden sources of love, character, and achievement by David Brooks
  • Incognito : the secret lives of the brain by David Eagleman
  • SEAL Team Six : memoirs of an elite Navy seal sniper by Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin
  • Does the noise in my head bother you? : a rock 'n' roll memoir by Steven Tyler
  • Area 51 : an uncensored history of America's top secret military base by Annie Jacobsen
  • On China by Henry Kissinger
  • Blood, bones, & butter : the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
  • Go the *expletive deleted* to sleep by Adam Mansbach
  • The Dukan diet : 2 steps to lose the weight, 2 steps to keep it off forever by Pierre Dukan


  • Lies that Chelsea Handler told me / by Chelsea's family, friends, and other victims ; introduction by Chelsea Handler
    "My tendency to make up stories and lie compulsively for the sake of my own amusement takes up a good portion of my day and provides me with a peace of mind not easily attainable in this economic climate."--Chelsea Handler, from Chapter 10 of Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. It's no lie: Chelsea Handler loves to smoke out "dumbassness," the condition people suffer from that allows them to fall prey to her brand of complete and utter nonsense. Friends, family, co-workers--they've all been tricked by Chelsea into believing stories of total foolishness and into behaving like total fools. Luckily, they've lived to tell the tales and, for the very first time, write about them." -- Publisher description.

    Tosca's comment: Last time I read a Handler book I laughed so hard I cried. Which did garner a few odd looks on my morning bus ride to work. Totally worth it, though, and I can't wait to get my hands on this!

    Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption / Laura Hillenbrand
    "On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit." -- Publisher's description.

    Bossypants / Tina Fey
    From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

    The greater journey : Americans in Paris, 1830-1900 / David McCullough
    McCullough mixes famous and obscure names and delivers capsule biographies of everyone to produce a colorful parade of educated, Victorian-era American travelers and their life-changing experiences in Paris.

    In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin / Erik Larson
    The bestselling author of "Devil in the White City" turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

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