Here are the current top ten best-selling titles at Writer’s Block Book Shop, courtesy of co-proprietor Drew Cohen:
1. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
2. We Are Called to Rise, by Laura McBride
3. One More Thing, by B.J. Novak
4. Station 11, by Emily St. John Mandel
5. Magicians, by Lev Grossman
6. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
7. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, by Jill Leovy
8. Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries, by Ander Monson
9. How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I’ve Learned from Reading too Much, by Samantha Ellis
10. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
As always, this top ten chart provides a fascinating look into what Downtown Las Vegas has on its mind these days … and as in months past, that something is strong women, both at the keyboard and on the page. Both Laura McBride and Amy Poehler are holdovers from last month’s chart—the former from moving up number three to number two, the latter falling from number one to number six. Gillian Flynn’s perpetual bestseller Gone Girl pops up on the chart for the first time, perhaps buoyed by the rapid ascension of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, which the New York Times’ Janet Maslin likens to Gone Girl in its “fun with unreliable narration.” Considering this company, it’s not at all surprising that Samantha Ellis’ memoir, in which the London-based playwright considers how the literary heroines of her youth shaped her life, made the top ten; the surprising thing is that she landed near the bottom of the chart, even below B.J. Novak. Better watch your ass next month, Benjamin Joseph.
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