Jennifer Raff, associate professor of anthropology at KU, rockets to No. 1 for the debut week of her new book, Origin. We hosted a star-studded virtual launch event for Origin, which you can watch here.
Elsewhere on the list, the controversy over McMinn County, Tennessee’s ban of Maus sent Art Spiegelman’s magnificent memoir all the way to No. 2. It’s an absolute classic, a truly amazing book; we just hope the wave of regressive book bans across the country doesn’t prevent it from getting into anyone’s hands. Our friends at Left Bank Books in St. Louis are trying to solve that problem, and you can read about their efforts here.
1. Jennifer Raff, Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas
2. Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History
3. John Darnielle, Devil House
4. Olga Tokarczuk, The Books of Jacob
5. Brene Brown, Atlas of the Heart
6. Chuck Klosterman, The Nineties: A Book
7. Becky Chambers, Psalm for the Wild-Built
8. Michael Schur, How to Be Perfect
9. Emily Austin, Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead
10. Colson Whitehead, Harlem Shuffle