The Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 4


The only best-selling independent books 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 The passenger by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf, $50)

For 16 years, no McCarthy novel has graced the novelty shelves. Today, at 89, Cormac McCarthy has released a new dose of fiction. And it’s not just a novel! The Passenger is the first in a two-part saga, with Stella Maris releasing in early December – so fire up your reading game.

The Guardian is thrilled, describing Le Passager as “like a sunken ship itself; a gorgeous ruin in the form of a hard-boiled noir thriller. McCarthy’s generational saga covers everything from the atomic bomb to the assassination of Kennedy to the principles of quantum mechanics. It’s by turns muscular and tearful, immersive and indulgent. Every novel, said Iris Murdoch, is the wreckage of a perfect idea. This one is huge. There are locked doors and blind turns. It contains skeletons and buried gold.

2 Liberation Day: Stories by George Saunders (Random House, $33)

Another mammoth of literature has a new version! Christmas must be approaching.

George Saunders is the king of the American short story, and The Daily Telegraph gives his approval: “Liberation Day is great art…readable in a winning way…Saunders never denies us the solid satisfactions of plot, jokes, of the character, the rhythm and the beautiful formulation of sentences. Fivefold threat.

3 Course by Ian McEwan (Jonathon Cape, $37)

The most recent McEwan, which has the reading world buzzing according to.

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

Lucy Barton, a seaside cottage, Covid lockdowns and ex-husband William. Read this and cry.

5 people person by Joanna Cho (Te Herenga Waka University Press, $30)

A first collection of poetry that you can taste on the right this way.

6 Wawata – Moon Dreaming: daily wisdom guided by Hina, the Maori moon by Hinemoa Elder (Penguin, $30)

The long-awaited sequel to the best-selling Aroha. Jessica Hinerangi Thompson-Carr wrote a smashing (in a positive sense) exam“I personally look forward to carrying this pukapuka with me through every phase of the moon, re-reading and referencing, dreaming my own dreams. Wawata is an intimate and generous text, lovingly stitched with self-reflection, of sacred knowledge and the rich life experiences of an incredible wahine.It will serve as an anchor for many Maori who are on their journey of reconnection, and it is a taonga to hold throughout the year, throughout life.

seven It starts with us by Colleen Hoover (Simon & Schuster, $35)

The sequel to It ends with us. Visit the Good reads page for many revealing reproaches, in the sense of…

“Haven’t read but hate to see Colleen Hoover fans happy. Update: It was really terrible. – Aurora

“Alternatively titled: bland man does the bare minimum and people eat him like he’s an Austen character.” – She

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

A fun, smart, award-winning novel that makes Aucklanders feel better about Auckland.

9 The end of the world is only the beginning: mapping the collapse of globalization by Peter Zeihan (HarperCollins, $38)

New non-fiction from geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan, with a rather chilling prediction for the end of globalization (think chaos and disaster). Read it if you’re feeling brave and brave, and take comfort in Kirkus Review’s words that “lots of grains of salt” should be taken.

ten Bedrooms: portraits of remarkable New Zealand interiors by Jane Ussher and John Walsh (Massey University Press, $85)

Beautiful and unique interiors from the best photographer in the country. Charlotte Fielding saw again this aesthetic delight for us – here is an excerpt: “Rooms is a balm for my homebody soul. The images in this book invite you in, offer you a seat and a cup of tea, and give you some 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 a centerpiece. There is no grandstanding in these images, and it looks very New Zealand. They are environments where their owners have carefully organized spaces and objects, leaving this question in the air: what do our rooms say about us when we are not there?


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

It’s exactly what the title says: the story of New Zealand, told through 100 objects.

But what objects? Here are a few: an 18th century Maori woman’s sewing kete; the Endeavor guns that fired at the waka in 1769; the bagpipes of Irish publican Paddy Galvin; the Biko shields that tried to protect protesters during the 1981 Springbok tour; and the oldest working television in New Zealand, made by Winston Reynolds.

2 The passenger by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf, $50)

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

Imagine how many copies were sold at Unity Wellington? We are, and our estimate is in the millions.

4 Shrines of Cheerfulness by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday, $37)

The short story Kate Atkinson, described by The New York Times as a “sparkling picaresque” set in post-Great War London. FYI, according to our friend Wikipedia, a picaresque is a novel retracing “the adventures of a mischievous but endearing hero, generally from a lower social class, who lives off his head in a corrupt society”. Thank you my friend.

5 Woman convenience store by Sayaka Murata (Granta, $25)

A bestseller whose time has come – again – after the recent English translation of the author’s strange and wonderful collection of short stories, Life Ceremonies.

6 Wawata – Moon Dreaming: daily wisdom guided by Hina, the Maori moon by Hinemoa Elder (Penguin, $30)

seven Short films by Tate Fountain (We’re Babies, $25)

A first collection of local poetry. Poet Leah Dodd says, “Respectfully, you’d be foolish not to read this book.

8 He Reo Tuku Iho: Tangata Whenua and Te Reo Maori by Awanui Te Huia (Te Herenga Waka University Press, $30)

New non-fiction about the experiences of tangata whenua and te reo retrieval, based on the national Manawa ® ki te Reo Māori research project. Author Awanui Te Huia wrote a writing for us about his book, so you can dip your toes into it.

9 Course by Ian McEwan (Jonathon Cape, $37)

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

People ask Google, “What is the book Lessons in Chemistry about?”

Google Says: “A charmingly fun feminist, Bonnie Garmus’s novel Lessons in Chemistry follows singular single mother Elizabeth Zott, a brilliant chemist in a man’s world – 1960s America – as she becomes an unlikely entertainer. cooking shows and the role model her daughter deserves. .”

What a bite! That Google, so talkative.


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