The Popular Crowd | Vroman’s Bookstore’s Bestselling Books of 2013

by Rachel on December 27, 2013

It’s always exciting to see which books make it on our bestsellers list each week, so it’s especially fun to see a year in review.  I know we still have a couple days left, but here’s a selection of titles from our bestselling books of 2013.  It’s a snapshot of our customers and a great place to look for new book ideas if you feel like you’re in a bit of a reading rut.

So, here are the bestselling titles, in no particular order, organized by sections in the store:

Hardcover Fiction
And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini
Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra*
*Join us on Wednesday, February 26 at 7pm for Anthony Marra’s event!
Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
Someone, Alice McDermott
The Woman Upstairs, Claire Messud
The Son, Philipp Meyer
Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri

Paperback Fiction
This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Maria Semple
The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
The Barbarian Nurseries, Hector Tobar
Dear Life, Alice Munro
The Dinner, Herman Koch
Elizabeth the First Wife, Lian Dolan
The Round House, Louise Erdrich
Wool, Hugh Howey

History & Biography
Team of Rivals,  Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Black Count, Tom Reiss
Empty Mansions, Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman
The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe
Dearie (Julia Child), Bob Spitz
I Am Malala,  Malala Yousafzai
Shirley Jones: A Memoir, Shirley Jones

Bossypants, Tina Fey
F in Exams, Richard Benson
T. Rex Trying, Hugh Murphy
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Ian Doescher
How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You, The Oatmeal

Psychology & Sociology
David & Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell
Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks
Moonwalking with Einstein, Joshua Foer
Quiet, Susan Cain
Subliminal, Leonard Mlodinow
You Are a Badass, Jen Sincero
The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson
Maphead, Ken Jennings
Stiff, Mary Roach

The Boys in the Boat, Daniel Brown
Eleven, Phil Jackson
Long  Shot, Mike Piazza

Paris in Love, Eloisa James
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
A Fine Romance, Susan Branch
Zagat Los Angeles, Zagat

Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
Thinking, Fast & Slow, Daniel Kahneman
Your Network is Your Net Worth, Porter Gale

The Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler
Little Flower, Christine Moore
The Barefoot Contessa:  Foolproof, Ina Garten
Cooked, Michael Pollan
Medium Raw, Anthony Bourdain

8 Habits of Love, Ed Bacon
Break Out!, Joel Osteen
Going Clear, Lawrence Wright
Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh
Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander
Tattoos on the Heart,  Gregory Boyle
Zealot, Reza Aslan
Stitches, Anne Lamott

Law & Current Affairs
Real Talk for Real Teachers, Rafe Esquith
Drift, Rachel Maddow
The Future, Al Gore
Things That Matter, Charles, Krauthammer
This Town, Mark Leibovich

Gulp, Mary Roach
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
The Particle at the End of the Universe,  Sean Carroll
Periodic Tales, Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Poetry, Essays, & Literary Criticism
Chasing Utopia, Nikki Giovanni
A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, David Sedaris
Literary Pasadena, edited by Patricia O’Sullivan