Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

  1. Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

  2. Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love by Yotam Ottolenghi & Noor Murad

  3. Home by Stephanie Alexander

  4. Beautiful World Where Are You (Special Edition) by Sally Rooney

  5. Wild Abandon by Emily Bitto

  6. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

  7. Whole Notes by Ed Ayres

  8. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

  9. The Luminous Solution by Charlotte Wood

  10. The Magician by Colm Toíbín

Our best-seller from the past week is the long-awaited novel from Jonathan Franzen, Crossroads. Set in 1970s Chicago, this is a multigenerational story about a Midwestern family in crisis and it seems the story will satiate both old and new Franzen fans. You can read our review here.

Other books making an appearance on our bestseller list this week include life lessons we can lean through music from Ed Ayres. Our reviewer Stella Charls noted, ‘you’d be hard-pressed to find a book more fitting for these uncertain times than this one. With his collection of essayistic reflections on the beauty of music and what the process of learning it can teach us about life, Ayres has gifted his reader with something truly generous and utterly joyful.’ You can read the full review here.

A second collection of essays from a local voice is Charlotte Wood’s, The Luminous Solution. This insightful work was described by reviewer Tye Cattanach as ‘an invitation to connect to your own curiosity, to see and think differently, to explore and to unearth the unique sense of wonder we all possess, that may have been buried under the weight of grief we are collectively experiencing in this strange moment in history. It is a gift of a book that feels like a decades-long conversation with an old and trusted friend.’ You can read the full review here.

And if the thought of reading into your creativity doesn’t inspire joy, perhaps it is time to reach your heart through your stomach. We recommend both cookbooks appearing in the best seller this week, with Shelf Love perfect for those wanting to master the art of using what’s already in the pantry and Home for those of us who are hanging out to entertain guests.

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