Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 4

The only published and available independent book chart bestseller in New Zealand is the Top 10 List of Top Sellers recorded each week in Unity Books stores in High St, Auckland and Willis St, Wellington.


1 the passenger By Cormac McCarthy (Knopf, $50)

For 16 years, no McCarthy novels were on the shelves of the new edition. Now, at 89 years old, Cormac McCarthy has released a new dose of fantasy. And it’s not just one novel! The Passenger is the first in a two-part saga, as Stella Maris launched in early December – so start your reading game.

The guardian cocky, describing the passenger as “like the submerged ship itself; a gorgeous ruin in the form of a hard-boiled noir thriller. The McCarthy generational saga covers everything from the atomic bomb to the Kennedy assassination to the principles of quantum mechanics. Every novel is a wreck of a perfect idea. This one is huge. It has locked doors and blind turns. It has skeletons and buried gold.”

2 Liberation Day: Stories by George Saunders (random home, $33)

Another giant of literature has a new release! It must be nearing Christmas.

George Saunders is the king of the American short story, and The Daily Telegraph gives a nod of approval: “Liberation Day is a great art… that can be read successfully… Saunders never denies being completely satisfied with the plot, the jokes, the character, the pace, and the beautiful phraseology.” ” Five threat.

3 lessons By Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape, $37)

McEwan’s latest release, rocks the reading world by.

4 Lucy by the sea by Elizabeth Strout (Viking, $37)

Lucy Barton, beachfront shack, Covid closures, and ex-husband William. Read it and cry.

5 people person By Joanna Chu (Te Heringa Waka University Press, $30)

Poetry collection for the first time you can sample correctly In this way.

6 Wawata – Moon Dreaming: Daily Wisdom Led by Hina, the Maori Moon by Hinemoa Elder (Penguin, $30)

The long-awaited follow-up to the best-selling Aroha. Jessica Henirangi Thompson Carr wrote smashing (in the positive sense) reconsidering: “Personally, I can’t wait to carry this pukapuka with me through every phase of the moon, re-reading and references, and dreaming my own dreams. Wawata is an intimate and generous text, lovingly stitched with self-reflection, sacred knowledge, and rich life experiences for two incredible panels. It will serve as a An anchor for the many Māori who are on the journey of reconnecting with them, the soon-to-be Taonga all year, for life.”

7 start with us by Colin Hoover (Simon & Schuster, $35)

Its sequel ends with us. visit Goodreads page For many shabiha, similar to…

“I haven’t read but I hate seeing Colin Hoover fans happy. Update: It was really awful.” – Aurora

Instead it’s titled: Nice guy who does the bare minimum and people eat him like he’s an Austin character. – El

8 Greta and Walden By Rebecca K Reilly (Te Heringa Waka University Press, $35)

A hilarious, witty, award-winning novel that makes Aucklanders feel comfortable about Auckland.

9 The end of the world is just the beginning: Mapping the collapse of globalization By Peter Zeehan (HarperCollins, $38)

A new non-fiction by geopolitical strategist Peter Zeehan, with a somewhat frightening anticipation of the end of globalization (think chaos and catastrophe). Read it if you’re feeling brave and tough, and derive your sincerity from the words of the Kirkus Review that “many grains of salt” should be taken.

10 Rooms: Pictures of the gorgeous interiors of New Zealand By Jane Usher and John Walsh (Massey University Press, $85)

Gorgeous and unique interiors from the best photographer in the country. Charlotte Fielding review Such aesthetic delight for us—here’s an excerpt: “The rooms are a balm to my soul in my house. The pictures in this book invite you to attend them, give you a seat and a cup, and give you alone time to take a good look around….they make you feel like you’ve just walked into a room. In someone’s beloved home, not to an art show. There’s no grandeur in these photos, and that’s a very New Zealand feel. These are environments where the owners have carefully curated spaces and objects, leaving this question in the air: What do our rooms say about us when we’re not there?”


1 The history of New Zealand in 100 objects by Jock Phillips (Penguin, $55)

It’s exactly what the title says – the history of New Zealand, told through 100 elements.

But what are the things? Here’s a little bit of that: the sewing kitty of an eighteenth-century Mayrian woman; Endeavor cannons fired at Waka in 1769; Bagpipe from Irish Publican Paddy Galvin; Biko’s shields that tried to protect protesters during the 1981 Springbok Tour; The oldest working television in New Zealand, it was made in-house by Winston Reynolds.

2 the passenger By Cormac McCarthy (Knopf, $50)

3 Imagine decolonization By Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Rebecca Mercer, Mike Ross, Jenny Smeaton, and Amanda Thomas (Bridget Williams Books, $15)

Imagine how many copies were sold at Unity Wellington? We are, and we’d guess in the millions.

4 shrines of joy By Kate Atkinson (Doubleday, $37)

The latest edition of Kate Atkinson, described by the New York Times as a “mysterious picarisky” set in post-Great War London. FYI, according to our friend Wikipedia, a picaresque is a novel that depicts “the adventures of an evil, but charismatic, usually low-class hero, who lives intelligently in a corrupt society.” Thanks pal.

5 convenience store woman By Sayaka Murata (Granta, $25)

A bestseller whose time has come – once again – after the latest English translation of the author’s remarkable collection of short stories, The Ceremony of Life.

6 Wawata – Moon Dreaming: Daily Wisdom Led by Hina, the Maori Moon by Hinemoa Elder (Penguin, $30)

7 short films By Tate Fountain (We Are Babies, $25)

A local poetry group for the first time. Fellow poet Leah Dodd says, “Respectfully, you’d be an idiot if you didn’t read this book.”

8 Ho Ryu Toko Iho: Tangata Winoa and Te Ryo Maori by Awanui Te Huia (Te Heringa Waka University Press, $30)

A new non-fiction on the Tangata Winoa experiences and the restoration of Te Reo, based on the Manawa Ū ki te Reo Māori National Research Project. Author Awanui Te Huia wrote that article For us about her book, so you can dip your toes in it.

9 lessons By Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape, $37)

10 Chemistry lessons Bonnie Jarmus (Doubleday, $37)

People ask Google, “What is a chemistry lesson book?”

Google says, “A fun, charming, feminist novel, Bonnie Garmus’ novel follows chemistry lessons by single mother Elizabeth Zote, a brilliant chemist in a man’s world — 1960s America — as she becomes the host of an unexpected cooking show and a role model for her daughter.”

What a mouth! That Google, too chatty.

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