Petaluma Bestseller List: ‘Best’ triumphs, ‘Ivy & Bean” conquers “Dog Man”

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The top-selling titles at Petaluma’s Copperfield’s Book Store, for the week of Sept. 10-16, 2018.

Oh, how fickle we readers are. Or perhaps we’re just voracious, always hungry for the next great book.

Last week’s No. 1 bestseller, Ken Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” is now gone from the list, though for what it’s worth, that book’s sequel, “China Rich Girlfriend,” has now shown up in the No. 10 spot.

Best guess why? Folks who went to see the box-office smash movie adaptation of the first book, after picking up the novel to soak up more of the story’s addictive wealthy characters, have now moved on to the next book in the series.

Meanwhile, this week’s No. 1 is Berkeley author-artist Thi Bui’s sensational “The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir,” describing the writer’s harrowing exodus from Vietnam in the 1970s.

On the Kids and Young Adults list, last week’s No. 1 and No. 2 have swapped places, with “Ivy and Bean: One Big Happy Family” (by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall) bumping Dav Pilkey’s “Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas,” down a notch.

Elsewhere on the list, S.E. Hinton’s indelible 1967 novel “The Outside” has fought its way from library land onto this week’s list (in the No. 3 spot), and “Voyage of the Dogs,” by Greg Van Eekhout — who’ll be appearing at Copperfield’s this Friday night — sails into the No. 6 spot.


1. ‘The Best We Could Do: An

Illustrated Memoir,’ by Thi Bui

2. ‘Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine,’ by Gail Honeyman

3. ‘Rules of Magic,’ written by

Alice Hoffman

4. ‘Less,’ by Andrew Sean Greer

5. ‘Pachinko,’ by Min Jin Lee

6. ‘Unhinged,’ written by

Omorosa Manigault

7. ‘Column of Fire,’ written by

Ken Follett

8. ‘There There,’ written by

Tommy Orange

9. ‘Anything Is Possible,’

by Elizabeth Strout

10. ‘China Rich Girlfriend,’

by Kevin Kwan


1. ‘Ivy and Bean: One Big Happy Family,’ written by Annie Barrows

& Sophie Blackall

2. ‘Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas,’

written by Dav Pilkey

3. ‘The Outsiders,’ by S.E. Hinton

4. ‘Mac B., Kid Spy: Mac

Undercover,’ by Mac Barnett

5. ‘Baby-Sitters Club Graphix:

Kristy’s Big Day,’ written by

Ann M. Martin

6. ‘Voyage of the Dogs,’ written

by Greg Van Eekhout

7. ‘Elephant & Piggie Biggie!’

written by Mo Willems

8. ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The

Ugly Truth,’ by Jeff Kinney

9. ‘Click Clack Moo: Cows That

Type,’ by Doreen Cronin

10. ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,’

written by Michael Rosen &

Helen Oxenbury

(Data compiled by Amber-Rose Reed of Copperfield’s Books)

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