BooksMarch 3, 2017

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending March 3


The week’s best-sellers at the two best stores in the Western world.


1 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (HarperCollins, $35) by JD Vance

We will almost certainly run a review by former bFM deity Joshua Hetherington next week.

2 Lincoln in the Bardo (Bloomsbury, $33) by George Saunders

The year’s most exciting new novel.

 3 The Refugees (Corsair, $35) by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Short fiction by last year’s most exciting new novelist.

4 Lion: A Long Way Home (Penguin, $28) by Saroo Brierley

“There’s been a mistake. Lion, you guys won.”

5 Innocents and Others (Macmillan, $25) by Dana Spiotta

“Meadow Mori and Carrie Wexler grow up together in Los Angeles, Meadow rich and Carrie middle-class, which in Hollywood registers as poor. They go east together to study film  and begin to drift apart. Carrie becomes a prominent director of mainstream women’s comedies while Meadow sweats out documentaries, festival-circuit darlings devoted to exorcising the traumas of people who’ve abused their power”: Plot synopsis, New York Times.

6 Born to Run (Simon & Schuster, $50) by Bruce Springsteen

Sales possibly connected to the fact he played a show in Auckland last weekend.

 7 The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000 (Bridget Williams Books, $80) by Vincent O’Malley

Longlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards; will it make the shortlist, announced live at the Spinoff on Tuesday at 6:00am?

8 Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities (Orion Publishing Co, $38) by Bettany Hughes


9 Mauri Ora (Potton & Burton, $40) by Peter Alsop & Te Raumawhitu Kupenga


10 Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future (Ebury Publishing, $28) by Ashlee Vance



1 Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another (Penguin, $35) by Emily Writes


2 The Sellout (Oneworld, $28) by Paul Beatty


3 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis (HarperCollins, $35) by J D Vance

4 The Sympathizer (Piatkus, $28) by Viet Thanh Nguyen

By the author of The Refugees.

5 Hidden Life of Trees (Black Ink, $37) by Peter Wohlleben


6 Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, $38) by Bettany Hughes

7 Promised Land (Promised Land Entertainment Ltd, $25) by Adam Reynolds & Chaz Harris

Content filler, Stuff: “This storybook seeks to normalise multiculturalism and homosexuality for young readers. Wellington writers Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds released their much-hyped adventure and medieval love story, Promised Land, after raising more than $40,000 to fund the project. The heroes, a bi-racial gay couple from different necks of the wood, team up to fight the Queen’s evil new husband. The story’s Queen is also ‘a sword wielding bad-ass,’ co-author Chaz Harris says. There are no damsels in distress in his book.”

8 Mauri Ora: Wisdom from the Maori World (Potton & Burton, $40) by Peter Alsop & Te Raumawhitu Kupenga

9 Ghosts of Gondwana: A History of Life in New Zealand (Potton & Burton, $60) by George Gibbs

Where did our flora and fauna come from?

10 The Vegetarian (Portobello, $23) by Han Kang


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