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BooksJune 29, 2018

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending June 29


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


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

Ondaatje’s Facebook page features a photo of himself as a young, really good-looking guy, lying on his side, wearing jeans, looking all soulful and brooding; the caption is a line from his book, Handwriting: “I want to die on your chest but not yet she wrote sometime in the 13th century of our love.”

2 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury, $22)

“The novel begins with an airport interrogation. A Londoner of Pakistani descent, Isma, has a student visa and is flying to study sociology at Amherst College. Because she’s Muslim and wears a hijab, she knows to expect delays and perhaps worse at security. The interrogation is no joke. It lasts hours….It’s a scene that sets the tone for this ingenious and love-struck novel”: New York Times.

3 Matariki: The Star of the Year by Rangi Matamua (Huia, $35)

Dr Rangi Matamua (Tuhoe) is an associate professor at the University of Waikato, and his research fields are Maori astronomy and star lore.

4 Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World & Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling & Ola Rosling (Sceptre, $30)


5 Calypso by David Sedaris (LittleBrown, $35)

“Sedaris is practically his own genre now. You probably already know whether you like his wry, well-shaped, almost-true stories from his own life…Sedaris is fascinated and repelled by people, but he needs them around to feed his clever misanthropy. But his most fruitful subject, as it has been for years, is his family. It is the source of both his best humor and his deepest pathos”: Washington Post.

6 Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft (Text, $37)


7 Pamper Me to Hell & Back by Hera Lindsay Bird (Smith/Doorstop, $20)

I think it’s okay to admit the people you love are better than you

I wouldn’t date anyone who wasn’t

imagine dating someone worse than yourself on purpose

that’s the kind of fucked up thing only everyone I’ve ever loved would do

8 Less by Andrew Sean Greer (LittleBrown, $25)

“For someone who is only 47 and has won a Pulitzer Prize, Andrew Sean Greer certainly knows how to get inside the head of someone who is 50 and hasn’t. Less is, among other things, a novel about the aches and pains of midlife, real and imagined; its hero, Arthur Less, turns 50 in the course of the book:” The Spectator.

9 Infinite Game: How To Live Well Together by Niki Harre (Auckland University Press, $30)

“When we worship winning and hand leadership to the victors of cut-throat, competitive games, what do we expect to be valued in our chambers of power – compassion, wisdom, inclusion, beauty? Hardly…My book is for anyone who is concerned about how we, collectively, are going about life and is looking for alternatives”: from the Monday Extract at The Spinoff Review of Books.

10 The New Animals by Pip Adam (Victoria University Press, $30)



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

“Manson preaches acceptance of worries and concerns – the need to let things fly, to probe and question what it is you value in life rather than blindly striving for some vague notion of success….He rails at the modern culture of narcissism, but his book is about the individual, and the neoliberal notion that we only have ourselves to thank or to blame for our lot in life”: John Summers, The Spinoff Review of Books.

Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour Hersh (Allen Lane, $55) 

We look forward to the forthcoming review by Nicky Hager.

3  The Power by Naomi Alderman (Penguin Random House, $26)


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Windmill Books, $26)


Money by Yuval Noah Harari (Vintage, $10)

Publisher’s blurbology: “How did money come to be invented? Does it make us happier or unhappier? And what does the future hold for it? Harari takes the reader on a journey from the very first coins through to 21st century economics and shows us how we are all on the brink of a revolution, whether we like it or not.”

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (Bloomsbury, $25)

“Good food, good eating, is all about blood and organs, cruelty and decay. It’s about sodium-loaded pork fat, stinky triple-cream cheeses, the tender thymus glands and distended livers of young animals. It’s about danger—risking the dark, bacterial forces of beef, chicken, cheese, and shellfish. Your first two hundred and seven  oysters may transport you to a state of rapture, but your two hundred and eighth may send you to bed with the sweats, chills, and vomits…” RIP.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Jonathan Cape, $35)

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Jonathan Cape, $37)

“In this quietly ambitious novel, Rachel Kushner upholds the tradition of an alternative American canon of female writers – Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, and the rest – who honour life’s messy margins“: Louisa Kasza, The Spinoff Review of Books.

Baby by Annaleese Jochems (Victoria University Press, $30)


10 The New Animals by Pip Adam (Victoria University Press, $30)

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