I have a new favorite way to get my news from World related to trivial news: the Apple news app. I don’t even have to subscribe to any of the magazines or newspapers!
Anyways, about a week ago, I was scrolling through and came across this cool article from Vanity Fair about what the bestsellers were for the different well-known Indie bookstores in the US. I recognized most of the titles, but I thought it would still be interesting to read over. It also gives me other bookstores to visit if I ever plan to travel to these different cities.
Here are the some of the bestsellers and their respective bookstores:
Los Angeles: Skylight Books
I live near LA, so I was naturally curious. The bestseller for them (among several others) was Purity by Jonathan Franzen. Apparently this novel is popular nationwide, probably worldwide. I, however, have never heard of this author or book, but that’s just me – one reader out of what, millions?
Goodreads description: Young Pip Tyler doesn’t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she’s saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she’s squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother–her only family–is hazardous. But she doesn’t have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life.
Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world–including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn’t understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.
It definitely sounds interesting!
Portland, OR: Powell’s
I went to college in Oregon and I absolutely love the city of Portland! A part of that love is of course Powell’s! It is amazing and huge! If you ever get the chance, check it out (and the city of course)! The bestseller was The Martian by Andy Weir, which isn’t surprising considering the movie just came out. However, I have seen that many people love this book.
Goodreads description: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Sounds like I just might add this to my TBR pile …
So, the list isn’t crazy long, but either check out the featured image, which shows a map with the books in the respective places or the original article from Vanity Fair.
Have you read any of the books listed? Have you visited any of the bookstores listed? Leave a comment! :)