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Local bestsellers for the week ending March 22

Bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.


Closings, cancellations, and reading recommendations

Bookstores are working to make book-buying possible in a time of COVID-19 and the practice of social distancing.


Author Paul Lisicky provides a snapshot of Provincetown in the early 1990s

“Later: My Life at the Edge of the World” is set during the height of the AIDS crisis.


Medical malevolence

Fiction can enhance our historical knowledge while adding a personalizing gaze, and Megan Giddings does just that in her debut novel, which intertwines historical fact and speculative fiction into a story about exploitative experimentation.

What to read with the kids? Escape into Tove Jansson’s Moomin books

In the US, the books never reached beyond a cult audience but also never went out of print.


Greed, crime, and ghosts

Emily St. John Mandel’s eerie, compelling follow-up to her award-winning bestseller “Station Eleven” is not your grandmother’s Agatha Christie murder mystery or haunted hotel ghost story.


‘War Fever’ recalls pandemic and pandemonium in 1918 Boston

The book arrives just in time to remind us that ours is by no means the first generation to experience the wholesale disruption of our norms and institutions by an “invisible enemy.”


A terrifying industry, a daring heist

Like the greatest social novels, “Barn 8” focuses on the individual lives of its many characters. Farmers, activists, park rangers, and even a hen get a say in how agribusiness affects them.