BooksFebruary 24, 2017

Unity Books best-seller list for the week ending February 25


This week’s best-sellers at the two best bookstores in the Western world.



1 Norse Mythology (Bloomsbury, $30) by Neil Gaiman

Kvasir, the god of knowledge and diplomacy, was killed by two dwarves.

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

Any minute now Joshua Hetherington will file his Spinoff review of one of the best non-fiction books of the past 12 months.

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


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


5 Pachinko (Head of Zeus, $37) by Min Jin Lee

Publisher’s blurbology:Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl…Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.”

6 Wish Child (Victoria University Press, $30) by Catherine Chidgey

“Your new novel is an incredible piece of writing”: puff piece, the Listener.

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

Amazon customers who bought this novel also bought The Vegetarian.

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

Amazon customers who bought this novel also bought The Sellout.

9 Goneville: A Memoir (Awa Press, $39) by Nick Bollinger

They smoked pot and went looking for New Zealand.

10 Hera Lindsay Bird (Victoria University Press, $25) by Hera Lindsay Bird

“Bravo!”: Landfall.



1 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Famly and Culture in Crisis (William Collins, $25) by JD Vance

2 Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the American Circus (WH Allen, $40) by Matt Taibbi

We look forward to the forthcoming review by Toby Morris.

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

Short stories by the author of The Sympathizer.

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

5 Commonwealth (Bloomsbury, $33) by Anne Patchett

It’s actually pretty lame.

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

“A great American work of art”, remarked Max Porter, author of the amazing Grief is a Thing with Feathers, in a DM conversation on Twitter this week.

7 Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers (Vermillion, $38) by Timothy Ferris

Includes advice on food supplements, and exercises to perform in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

8 Lines in the Sand: Collected Journalism (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, $38) by AA Gill

“Gill has never revealed a first-rate mind; he expresses something more interesting, an original mind”: The Spinoff Review of Books, in a 2015 interview with the author, who died last year.

9 Fates and Furies (Windmill Books, $26) by Lauren Groff

Novel about a marriage; Barack Obama liked it.

10 A Manual For Cleaning Women (Picador, $25) by Lucia Berlin

Short stories taken from the life of the late American author, who by the age of 32 had been married three times and was battling a chronic alcohol addiction.

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
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