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Copperfield's Announces the Bestselling Books of 2015

There’s nothing better than a gripping story as Copperfield’s Books 10 bestselling book list of 2015 attests. The list tilts more toward fiction with 6 of the top 10, but that is less important than whether the story captivates. While four of the top sellers claimed their spots through their initial publication as hardcovers in 2015, four of the six remaining were bestselling books that experienced another boom once released in trade paper this year. The adult coloring book trend was captured in the top 10 this year, as was the impulse people had to re-evaluate their lives from a material and ethical standpoint.
 
Copperfield’s Top 10 Bestselling Books of 2015
1.     The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 
2.     All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 
3.     The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
4.     The Martian by Andy Weir 
5.     The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown 
6.     Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee 
7.     Being Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End by Autl Gawade 
8.     Euphoria by Lily King 
9.     The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 
10.    Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Colouring Book

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up topped the bestsellers list at Copperfield’s for 2015.  The translated book from Japanese author Marie Kondo reveals her system of decluttering and organizing that involves purging one’s house of things that no longer are useful or give joy. The $16.99 book has been on Copperfield’s bestseller list for weeks running, and according to Copperfield’s buyer Michele Bellah, this extreme form of paring down obviously speaks to the American consumer who has been overwhelmed by “stuff” while simultaneously searching for a less encumbered life and one infused with more meaning.
 
The second top selling book is the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel from Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See. Copperfield’s Books’ buyer Sheryl Cotleur reports, “Our readers have loved this beautifully written book about resilience in occupied World World II France. They loved it from the beginning, before it won the Pulitzer and even before it was nominated for a National Book Award.”
 
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins swept the collective imagination. The novel took third position on the list with a suspenseful story told by a largely inebriated narrator who viewed a possible murder from a passing train.
 
Also out in paperback, and helped by the release of the movie, The Martian by Andy Weir claimed the fourth position with a detailed assessment of what it might take to live on Mars from the first person viewpoint of an astronaut left behind as well as his audience on earth who roots for his survival.
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown, first published in 2013, continues to sell now in paperback and, as such, claimed the fifth place.
 
The phenomenon of Harper Lee’s undiscovered novel, Go Set A Watchman, set bestsellers lists afire over the summer and resulted in the novel claiming the sixth overall position for 2015.
 
Atul Gawande challenged traditionally held views about the role of medicine with his nonfiction work, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End. In writing the book, Gawande employed both his knowledge as a doctor and his personal life as a son who had to make difficult choices when his aging father became ill. It claimed the seventh position.
 
Two works of fiction brought up the eighth and ninth spots--both released in 2015 as tradepaper editions of the bestselling hardcovers--Euphoria by Lily King and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
 
And in the 10th position was Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Colouring Book by Johanna Basford, the author who started the trend in adult coloring books. Another of Basford’s books, Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt & Colouring Book, claimed the 12th spot. Both were published by Chronicle Books.
 
Other books in the top 20 included David McCullough’s biography The Wright Brothers (11); A Man Called Ove (13), a novel now in paper by Fredrick Backman, a book that was loved and handsold by Copperfield’s booksellers; Wild (14) now in paperback by Cheryl Strayed;  Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (15) by Erik Larson; How To Love (16) by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh; Ruth Reichl’s novel Delicious (17) in paper (helped by Copperfield’s event with the author); H is for Hawk, a compelling first person story of training a goshawk and dealing with grief by Helen MacDonald, The Road to Character (19) by David Brooks, which plumbs the value of humility, integrity, and other moral attributes, and Gumption by Nick Offerman, a humorous but also engaging overview of Americans whose “gumption” inspire Offerman. Book sales were aided by a sell out Copperfield’s event with this author.
 



 

Happy Holidays from Copperfield's Books!

Thanks for being part of the great community of readers here in the North Bay! Copperfield's Books is honored to be your local independent bookstore. Copperfield’s offers you wonderful book and gift selections with booksellers who love to read, ready to help you find the perfect gift. Whether you’re shopping for a fiction fiend, a biography buff, a science nerd, a self-help aficionado, a watcher of current events, a lover of cookbooks, or that person who loves the unusual gift book, we have it at Copperfield’s. See our complete lists above and also in display in all of our stores.

For parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others who love to share the joy of reading with that special child in your life, we've created wonderful age-appropriate book lists with displays in our stores. Just check out the bookmarks describing each book to see if it's a match for your reader. And as always, our children's specialists are there to answer any questions and help.

For those who are buying for folks who are particular, save yourself the stress of trying to find the right thing by purchasing a gift card. Everyone loves a gift card from Copperfield's and they can choose to spend it on books, gifts, magazines, audio books, stationery, journals, book lover socks and t-shirts, or whatever appeals to them. 

You're invited to visit our stores this holiday season in Sebastopol, Montgomery Village, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Calistoga, Napa, and San Rafael. We will be opening a store in Novato in 2016! And Copperfield’s is always open at copperfieldsbooks.com.

The Best Author Season in 35 Years!

Drum Roll Please...

It’s that time of year when booklovers in the know can rejoice. Copperfield’s Books announces its 2015 Fall Author Event Season and we’ve got Literary Giants, Food Gurus, Musical Icons, Spiritual Teachers, Motivational Athletes, Popular Memoirists and a Wicked Underground Halloween Party­. CAPITAL LETTERS, man!

Okay, we’ll name drop: Elvis Costello, Don Miguel Ruiz, Ruth Reichl, Diana Nyad, Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth George, Amy Stewart, Christopher Moore, Simon Winchester, Kay Ryan, Tom Killion, William Gibson, Jim Butcher….and more coming.

It’s true, we’ve been working with publishers all year to bring authors to Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties, and it seems this year everyone is coming. It may well be our best season ever in terms of the caliber and variety of authors. Here’s the overview of these ticketed and free events. Info and tickets are available in our stores or here on the website. READ MORE

The Muse — A Love Story to Literature

What a lovely, lovely, love story to literature; to the written and read word; and to those inspired, crazy, wise, reckless, hallucinatory, rational and brave souls: the writers.  Galassi has fashioned a story around these voyagers into the unknown as well as their publishers who grab what seems incomprehensible and fashion it into story or poem with a touch both delicate and broad. The Muse fuses a time in history with the creative act of writing and the herculean efforts to make some kind of business out of it. All done with a panache that underscores why we write books, publish books, read books, and do it all for the most part, with precious little remuneration but a great deal of awe.

Elvis Costello: There's a Story in HIS Voice

Who knew I was a fangirl? Copperfield’s hosts as many as 500 events a year and that’s a lot of authors coming through. I’m delighted to meet each one when I get that opportunity, but luckily that giddy, head-spinning fan feeling that can render a person incapable of speech doesn’t happen to me. (Though I admit there was definitely some stuttering when I met Neil Gaiman a few years ago during an event we hosted in Santa Rosa.) But in general, I’m cool. So this year when we went to the annual BookExpo in New York City, I accepted an invitation to a private party where Elvis Costello would be speaking and talking about his new book coming this fall, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. As you can imagine, this was a coveted ticket and it only admitted one person at 10 pm to the 54 Below night club and, holy cow, I was that person. There were 50 or so of us booksellers from across the country, all giggling fiendishly and seriously pumped (Pump It Up) as we waited for him to come onto the small stage for an in-conversation chat. I was seated 10 feet away at a small table with a band of other local independent booksellers. We described how long we had been fans, though Alison from Diesel Books had the biggest claim we thought.

When Elvis spoke, we hung on every word as he took us into his childhood and charmed us with stories from his musical career. His memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, is billed as unusual (how could it not be?) in that it’s not an unveiling of inside celebrity facts, but more his attempt to make meaning of his life. And then at the end of the talk, he broke out his guitar and sang a song. Later, someone told me that, looking across the club, every one of our jaws fell open as his voice resonated through the room. Love Went Mad really.

After it was over, I bolted (this is an accurate description and my aim was true) to the front of the stage and used my 15 seconds to request a photo with him, which he agreed to. It’s a photo I’ve shared with the crew at work, my family, and a few distant cousins who I thought might be interested.

But the good news for you all is that, yes, we’ve now booked an event with Elvis Costello for October 23 at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, Napa County. (More on getting your tickets later this summer.) Of course, I will have to introduce him at that event and the 1200 people in the room won’t make it hard for me, but it’s possible that the presence of Elvis himself might.

Fangirl. There’s no other word for it. Do You Know What I Am Saying?

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