Happening:

Maria’s Bookshop Top Sellers

10/18 – 10/24

1. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel (fiction)

2. The Martian, by Andy Weir (fiction)

3. The Mountain, Shadow by Gregory David Roberts (fiction)

4. Do Unto Animals, by Tracey Stewart (non-fiction)

5. Euphoria, by Lily King (fiction)

6. I Could Pee On This, by Francesco Marciuliano (humor/poetry)

7. Spookie Pookie, by Sandra Boynton (children’s)

8. A Sudden Light, by Garth Stein (fiction)

9. The Sword of Summer, by Rick Riordan (young adult)

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition, by J.K. Rowling (juvenile)

This week’s staff pick, from Roger Cottingham

A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James

A cup of historical fiction, a tablespoon of mystery, and a healthy handful of political thriller, all combined with main Ingredients of an international music superstar and the national – and international – politics of Jamaica in the latter half of the 20th century, make for a terrific mix in this novel that won the 2015 Man Booker Prize and American Book Award.

Think “The Wire” set in Jamaica, Miami and New York, all circling around Bob Marley (referred to as The Singer) and populated with colorful characters that include names like Josey Wales, Shotta Sherriff and Bam Bam. This book is a fun read, but it also provides deep cultural and political insight that can make you rethink your knowledge of the world during this time period.

Definitely the best book I’ve read this year.