BooksMay 5, 2017

The Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending May 5


The best-selling books at the two best bookstores in the Western world.


1 The Man Who Ate Lincoln Road by Steve Braunias (Luncheon Sausage Books, $25)

Book of the year, obv! The editor of the Spinoff Review of Books eats a street and ponders matters of life and death.

2 The New Zealand Project by Max Harris (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

He was number one until The Man Who Ate Lincoln Rd stole his lunch.

3 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson (Macmillan, $35)


4 South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion (Fourth Estate, $23)

Opening sentence: “In New Orleans in June the air is heavy with sex and death, not violent death but death by decay, over-ripeness, rotting, death by drowning, suffocation, fever of unknown etiology.”

5 Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo (Particular Books, $40)

Smash hit book for girls.

6 Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, $38)

Classic tagline for 1990s horror movie, Dr Giggles: “The doctor is out…of his mind!”

7 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Fleet, $25)

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

8 The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between by Hisham Matar (Penguin, $28)

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction,

9 The Sympathizer by Viet Nguyen (Corsair, $28)

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

10 The North Water by Ian McGuire (Scribner, $23)

“Imagine if Jack London had given up describing more wholesome Arctic adventures, and written a nasty story filled with brutal violence, rampant drug use, bloody deaths and the rape and murder of at least two young boys”: PK Stowers, New Zealand Herald.



1 The New Zealand Project by Max Harris (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

2 Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo (Particular Books, $40)

3 Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young (Victoria University Press, $30)

Great essayists in New Zealand literature: Holcroft, Pearson, Stead, Edmond, Wells, Walker, Cox, the editor of the Spinoff Review of Books, Young.

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

He’s coming to the AWF.

5 How Did We Get into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature by George Monbiot (Verso, $22)

Question and answers.

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

“Hillbilly Elegy offers a unique and valuable insight into Trump’s America, and Vance’s timing couldn’t have been better”: Josh Htherington, the Spinoff Review of Books.

7 Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney (Hachette, $38)

“A gripping story of drugs and descent into Cork’s criminal underworld “: The Guardian.

8 Thirst #11: Harry Hole by Jo Nesbo (Harville Secker, $37)

Crime fiction in which a killer is on the loose in Oslo, targeting Tinder users, and swiping them out.

9 Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari (Vintage, $30)

Popular non-fiction.

10 Lifting by Damien Wilkins (Victoria University Press, $30)

“Genius”: Linda Burgess, the Spinoff Review of Books.

The Spinoff Review of Books is proudly brought to you by Unity Books, recently named 2020 International Book Store of the Year, London Book Fair, and Creative New Zealand. Visit Unity Books Wellington or Unity Books Auckland online stores today. 

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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