Steven Adams reads with Enes Kanter and children and dogs (Photo by Zach Beeker/OKC Thunder)
Steven Adams reads with Enes Kanter and children and dogs (Photo by Zach Beeker/OKC Thunder)

BooksAugust 3, 2018

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending August 3

Steven Adams reads with Enes Kanter and children and dogs (Photo by Zach Beeker/OKC Thunder)
Steven Adams reads with Enes Kanter and children and dogs (Photo by Zach Beeker/OKC Thunder)

The week’s biggest selling books at the Unity stores in High St, Auckland, and Willis St, Wellington.


1 My Life, My Fight by Steven Adams with Madeleine Chapman (Penguin, $40)

Woah! Number one with a bullet, in its first week in the stores; and on Thursday, Penguin announced it had sold the North American rights to Hachette.

2 Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Jonathan Cape, $35)

The most in-demand literary novel of 2018.

3  Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Abacus, $25)

The most in-demand popular novel of 2018.

4 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson (MacMillan, $35)

News story, Monday, Los Angeles Times: “Superstar Will Smith will soon add book author to his many career accomplishments. ‘I’m writing a book!’ the actor confirmed on social media Thursday. ‘I got years and years of stuff I want to say, and I’m finally going to write a book for y’all.’ Smith is teaming with Mark Manson for the project. They’re currently meeting with five publishers to bid on it, he added.”

5 Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyou (Picador, $38)

A journalist exposes “the biggest corporate fraud since Enron”.

6 Tax and Fairness by Terry Baucher (Bridget Williams Books, $15)

Tax and fairness.

7 From the Corner of the Oval Office One Woman’s True Story of Her Accidental Career in the Obama White House by Beck Dorey-Stein (Bantam, $38)

“The gossip, the parties, the overseas trips and nights on Air Force One…Her storytelling is extraordinary“: Chloe Blades, The Spinoff Review of Books.

8 The Power by Naomi Alderman (Penguin, $26)

Feminist sci-fi blockbuster from 2017, still going strong.

9 Generation Rent by Shamubeel Eaqub & Selena Eaqub  (Bridget Williams Books, $15)

“Husband-and-wife team Shamubeel and Selena Eaqub call for a more accepting attitude to the rising number of tenants as well as changes to New Zealand’s construction, housing intensification and tax system”: Anne Gibson, New Zealand Herald.

10 Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (Portobello Books, $28)

“The first of 10 novels by best-selling Japanese author Sayaka Murata to be translated into English…It centers on a 36-year-old woman named Keiko Furukura, an oddball who is endlessly puzzled by human behavior.  She is blithely indifferent to sex or dating, and uninterested in leaving her dead-end job at the Hiiromachi Station Smile Mart, a ‘transparent glass box’ in a pristine and anonymous business district. (The author herself worked at a convenience store for nearly eighteen years.)…It is a love story, in other words, about a misfit and a store”: The New Yorker.


1 Is It Bedtime Yet?: Parenting … the Hilarious, the Hair-Raising, the Heart-breaking by Emily Writes (Random House, $35)

What the – ! The number one book in Auckland and the number one book in Wellington are both by genius women writers from The Spinoff.

2 Steven Adams: My Life, My Fight by Steven Adams with Madeleine Chapman (Penguin, $40)

3 Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Jonathan Cape, $35)

4 Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Little Brown, $25)

5 Poūkahangatus by Tayi Tibble (Victoria University Press, $37)

A collection of verse by the wildly talented Wellington writer.

6 My Year of Rest & Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Jonathan Cape, $38)

“Her third novel concerns an unnamed protagonist who gradually escalates her use of prescription medicine in an effort to sleep for an entire year”: Wikipedia.

7 Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus, $37)

“She is one of our greatest living fiction writers and if I were in charge, she’d have a Nobel by now”: Julie Myerson, the Guardian.

8 So Much Life Left Over by Louis De Bernieres (Harvill Secker, $37)

Nicky Pellegrino! Would you like to review this for the Spinoff Review of Books? We’d love that; please get in touch.

9 See No Evil: NZ’s Betrayal of the People of West Papua by Maire Leadbeater (Otago University Press, $50

“It’s common to hear people remark that New Zealand doesn’t speak out on human rights in West Papua because of trade concerns. Indonesia is a valued trading partner, but that’s not the full story. New Zealand makes important foreign policy decisions in consultation with its friends; diplomats are constantly exchanging information, analyses and reports with their counterparts in Washington, London, Canberra and Ottawa…We are a tag-along nation – a habit formed when we were tied to the apron-strings of mother England”: an extract from this important new study, from the Spinoff Review of Books.

10 Calypso by David Sedaris (Little Brown, $35)


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Mad Chapman, Editor
Aotearoa continues to adapt to a new reality and The Spinoff is right there, sorting fact from fiction to bring you the latest updates and biggest stories. Help us continue this coverage, and so much more, by supporting The Spinoff Members.Madeleine Chapman, EditorJoin Members

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