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Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 26th

The only published and available best-selling indie book list in New Zealand is the top 10 sales list recorded each week in Unity Books’ stores in High St, Auckland and Willis St, Wellington.


1 Shifting Grounds: Deep Histories of Auckland Auckland by Lucy Mackintosh (Bridget Williams Books, $ 60)

Shifting Grounds reveals the stories of Pukekawa / Auckland Domain, Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill and Ōtuataua Stonefields at Ihumātao. Beautifully aesthetic and an important read for Aucklanders who want to learn more about their home.

From Kete Books: “In Shifting Grounds, Lucy Mackintosh explores three places in Tāmaki Makaurau-Auckland where she says, ‘the landscape is an archive’ … We begin our hikoi with Lucy at the entrance to the Ōtuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve, a wooden farm gate, an insignificant start to the exploration of one of Tāmaki Makaurau’s oldest and most complex cultural landscapes. landscapes that unfold in thousands of years of geological time and hundreds of years of human history have roads jointly named after a Maori god and the agent behind its destruction.

2 Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout (Viking, $ 35)

Oh Auckland! You’ve bet a new Lucy Barton novel has arrived.

3 The vow by Damon Galgut (Chatto & Windus, $ 37)

The Winner of This Year’s Booker is a dark funny novel about a white family in post-apartheid South Africa. Galgut’s prose has been compared to not only Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner, but also Nabokov and James Joyce. Great boots, to say the least!

4 Taste: My life through food by Stanley Tucci (Fig Tree, $ 45)

Stanley Tucci, who you may know as the diva from The Devil Wears Prada, the lovable father from Easy A, or the monstrous killer from The Lovely Bones (what a chameleon!), Has a new memoir, told through his love of food. From the publisher’s blurb: “Taste is an intimate reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about growing up in Westchester, NY, preparing for and filming the foodie movies Big Night and Julie & Julia, falling in love over dinner, and beating with his wife to create conversational meals for their children. “

5 Sky Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster, $ 35)

NPR says: “Of all our contemporary literary fiction writers, Anthony Doerr is the one whose novels seem to be the purest answer to the original request – tell me a story.” (And do a good job with what we hurry to add).

6 Beautiful world, where are you by Sally Rooney (Faber, $ 33)

The novel that divides millennials into two camps: the Rooneyites and… non-rooneyitter.

7 Too much money: How imbalances in wealth offset Aotearoa New Zealand by Max Rashbrooke (Bridget Williams Boopcs, $ 40)

The title says it all, does not it?

8 The magician by Colm Toibin (Picador, $ 38)

New fiction about master novelist Thomas Mann, by master novelist Colm Tóibín.

9 The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $ 68)

As many as 700 pages were read according to Science news, “rewrites the history of man 40,000 years”. The authors punch holes in common notions of the supposedly primitive nature of our human ancestors, suggesting that a new conception of our past would lead to a very different understanding of the origins of civilization and our present way of life.

Loans from Science News once again: “Some social systems included ruling elites, working rigid and slaves of men. Others emphasized decentralized, collective decision-making. Some were driven by men, others by women. The big question – which the authors have not yet can answer – is why many people today after tens of thousands of years of social flexibility can not imagine how society can be effectively reorganized. “

10 Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (Hutchinson, $ 37)

New novel by the author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility, which takes place during a road trip in 1950s America. It has been described by the citizens of Goodreads as a “winner”, a “gem”, a “five-star reading” and a “madness adventure story”.


1 Too much money: How imbalances in wealth offset Aotearoa New Zealand by Max Rashbrooke (Bridget Williams Books, $ 40)

2 Mana of the Pacific: Wisdom from all over Oceania by Regina Scheyvens and Apisalome Movono (Potton & Burton, $ 40)

“Mana of the Pacific collects inspirational proverbs and beautiful photographs that highlight the strength, resilience, wisdom and innovation of people from all over the Pacific … Movono and Scheyvens say the indigenous peoples of the Pacific have long been made to feel that their culture is outdated, their traditions lack value, and the only way they can evolve is by drawing on external ideas and resources.The Mana of the Pacific challenges that mindset and shows a different path; one that is sustainable and robust. ” (Thanks again Kete Books!)

3 Tikanga: An Introduction to Te Ao Māori by Keri Opai (Upstart Press, $ 40)

The perfect first step for those who want to understand the Māori world.

4 Aroha: Māori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet by Hinemoa Elder (Penguin Random House, $ 30)

Back in June, Aroha had already sold 25,000 copies – so be it got Oprahed, and it has hardly left the bestseller list since.

5 Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love by Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad (Ebury Press, $ 55)

The cookbook that helps you turn the things stored in your freezer and in the back of the cupboard into a meal at Ottolenghi level. If you’re a foodie, expect to get three copies of OTK in your Christmas stocking this year.

6 Sky Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster, $ 35)

7 To imagine decolonization by Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Ripeka Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton, and Amanda Thomas (Bridget Williams Books, $ 15)

The right MVP.

8 Beautiful world, where are you by Sally Rooney (Faber, $ 33)

9 Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout (Viking, $ 35)

10 Things I learned in art school by Megan Dunn (Penguin, $ 35)

One of this year’s favorite local books (and since it’s shockingly close to December, we can say it with full confidence). A fun, down-to-earth memoir in essays that you can try at your leisure here for something heartbreaking and here for something fun and sexy. Yes, this book contains quantities.

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