The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending August 12


The only best-selling independent book chart published and available in New Zealand is the Top 10 list recorded each week at Unity Books stores in High St, Auckland and Willis St, Wellington.


1 Blue blood by Andrea Vance (Harper Collins, $37)

The story of the National Party’s internal war continues to illuminate the top spot. Supplement your reading with a treasure trove of additional goodies from Toby Manhire, including his interview with the author and special edition of Passed by lunch time podcast. The plus: an excerpt, excellently titled with the word “fuckery”.

2 The Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott (Hutchinson, $40)

It is on the fourth floor of this shelter, at a north-facing window, that Dasani now sits watching. Almost a quarter of her childhood was spent at the Auburn family residence, where Dasani’s family – a total of 10 people – live in one room. Beyond the walls of the shelter, as of fall 2012, Dasani belongs to an unseen tribe of more than 22,000 homeless children – the highest number on record, in America’s most unequal metropolis. Nearly half of New York’s 8.3 million residents live near or below the poverty line.

3 How to hang out in a turf war by Coco Solid (Penguin, $28)

A short excerpt from the interview of Jessica Hansell, aka Coco Solid, with RNZ:

Gentrification is a personal subject for Hansell, who describes the transformation of the suburbs, where her whānau lived for years, as if she had her “world rewritten before her”.

“I was living on Karangahape Road when my grandmother, who recently passed away, had to be cared for and leave Gray Lynn and it was a big separation anxiety for me between my cultural connections and my history with the area. And then just seeing those cranes go up and the power dynamics turning into a comedy of errors, I would say, but it wasn’t very funny.

Another excerpt, just from us: give this novel a boost. Full review to come.

4 Eddy, Eddy by Kate DeGoldi (Allen & Unwin, $30)

The new novel by Kate De Goldi, author of The 22pm Question, aka a local literary legend.

5 Atomic Habits by James Clear (Random House Business, $40)

Good habits this winter consist of dragging yourself out of a cozy bed in the morning and remembering to close the curtains and turn on the heating in the evening. Anything beyond that is superhuman.

6 The Secret World of Weather: How to Read the Signs in Every Cloud, Breeze, Hill, Street, Plant, Animal and Dewdrop by Tristan Gooley (Scepter, $30)

The Telegraph describes it as “a sensitive study that combines theoretical physics with beautiful nature writing”. The perfect gift for the leading atmospheric physicist in your life.

seven The three-body problem by Cixin Liu (Head of Zeus, $20)

The first novel in Cixin Liu’s best-selling science fiction trilogy, published in 2008. Its moving reappearance may be related to the recent to chatter about the upcoming Netflix adaptation.

8 Poor people with money by Dominic Hoey (Penguin, $37)

The new novel by Auckland poet/playwright/novelist Dominic Hoey. Musician Tom Scott gives a cute lol rec: “Dominic couldn’t spell academia if he tried. He is dyslexic. But he is a seasoned storyteller. Her super power makes the ugly sexy. He writes for the marginalized. In our country of right-wing sheep farmers and working-class ram raiders, we need him to report live from the scene of the crime. He is all we have.

9 Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber & David Wengrow (Penguin $30)

Two Davids underwent a thorough push from traditional narratives about human history and the origins of civilization. The book was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing and garnered to rent out as “Graeber and Wengrow do to human history what [Galileo and Darwin] done to astronomy and biology respectively”. Big shoes, those.

ten Joan by Katherine J. Chen (Random House, $30)

A terrific new novel that humanizes the legend that is Joan of Arc. The New York Times writes that it is “difficult to imagine a character more incomprehensible to the modern ear than the French mystic, martyr and war hero of the fifteenth century. In Joan, her touching and adventurous new novel, Katherine J. Chen takes a sharp shot, imagining the illiterate teenager as an abused child who uses her anger (and a remarkable tolerance for pain) to become a vengeful warrior. Impressing the crowds with feats of strength, breaking bones with bare hands, this is Joan of Arc, Action Hero.

If you liked Circe, and many of you do, you’ll love this.


1 imagining decolonization by Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Ripeka Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton and Amanda Thomas (Bridget Williams Books, $15)

Auckland is all about the Nats, while Wellington seems to have made a healthy habit of buying Imagining Decolonisation.

2 Godfrey Cheathem’s Last Letter by Luke Elworthy (Nationwide Book Distributors, $35)

A flamboyant New Zealand novel, written as a series of letters from Godfrey Cheathem to his younger sister while serving time in Paparua Prison for an unknown crime. A dissection of family dynamics, the world of art and publishing that Karen McMillan describe as “a variant of a memoir on misery”.

3 Blue blood by Andrea Vance (Harper Collins, $37)

4 You probably think this song is about you by Kate Camp (Te Herenga Waka University Press, $35)

Let us take you amidst Kate Camp’s new memoir, with a tangy taste.

“Just a note: never tell someone who is having trouble getting pregnant, have you thought about adoption? Yes, they did. It’s really not that easy. Not surprisingly, most babies given up for adoption have young parents, and they want their baby to go to a young couple who live on a farm and have horses and a trampoline, not some sad old people living in town. I knew people who had done international adoption: a guy I worked with had twin girls from China, a friend’s sister had adopted a violent and disturbed Romanian orphan. I knew I wouldn’t adopt. And I knew why. It’s because I didn’t want it enough. I didn’t want to exhaust all options, travel abroad, find a surrogate, find an adoptive child. I didn’t want to keep doing this. I just wanted to stop.

For another bite, read the whole extractand for the whole meal… well, you know what to do.

5 Eddy, Eddy by Kate DeGoldi (Allen & Unwin, $30)

6 The collections by Patricia Donovan (Mary Egan, $30)

A new dystopian novel set in 2041 New Zealand, which launched at the Unity Wellington Fair this week.

Chills, induced by New Zealand book lovers“It’s a recognizable future with life as we know it today, but the world’s population has exploded and the planet is in crisis. So the government has legalized what they call “Collections” where anyone over the age of 70 is euthanized for the good of society in “Collections Depots”…The Collections is a very intimate read, as we are drawn into the increasingly claustrophobic world of Claris. , as she nears the dreaded age of 70, and she makes the decision to somehow avoid being collected.

seven Chemistry class by Bonnie Garmus (Doubleday, $37)

A neat summary of this first novel, Guardian“As the novel opens in 1961, Elizabeth is a 30-year-old single mother and the reluctant, ‘permanently depressed’ star of a housewife cooking show called Supper at Six. Trained, she is researcher in chemistry, even though her academic career has plummeted despite her obvious talent, and as the story goes back 10 years, we understand why Women scientists have been viewed with suspicion by their male colleagues since her early days in undergraduate, Elizabeth has been the subject of attacks on her reputation and person, from the most serious – sexual assault and theft of her job – to the occasional daily misogyny inflicted by people, including other women, who see her independence and stubbornness as a threat.Even when she reunites with her soul mate, Nobel-prize nominated chemist Calvin Evans, their happiness is an added spur to jealous rivals and doomed not to harsh st.

8 The Book of Form and Void by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate, $32)

Winner of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, and the newest and juiciest (translation: longest) novel from the author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being. Catherine of Goodreads calls the novel “a treasure trove of characters, ideas, beliefs, challenges and other worlds to explore, exactly what you expect and hope for from a good book”, while Lisa notes: “It There’s a lot of weirdness going on in. A tantalizing combination.

9 Greta and Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly (Te Herenga Waka University Press, $35)

One of our 2022 favoritesalways sitting on the bestsellers. A few more pieces by the author can be read here and here.

ten Architecture of Wellington: A Walking Guide by John Walsh and Patrick Reynolds (Massey University Press, $25)

Trit-trot, trit-trot.


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