Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending November 26

The only published and available independent book chart bestseller in New Zealand is the Top 10 List of Top Sellers recorded each week in Unity Books stores in High St, Auckland and Willis St, Wellington.


1 Reasons for changing: deep histories of Auckland Auckland By Lucy McIntosh (Bridget Williams Books, $60)

Shifting Grounds reveals the stories of the Pukekawa/Auckland Domain, Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill, and Ōtuataua Stonefields in Ihumātao. Aesthetically beautiful, and essential reading for Aucklanders wanting to learn more about their homes.

From Kete Books: “At the Shifting Grounds, Lucy Mackintosh explores three places in Tāmaki Makaurau-Auckland where she says, ‘Landscape is an archive’… We begin hikoi with Lucy at the entrance to Ōtuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve, a gateway log farm, a non-starter. Familiar to explore one of Tamaki Makurao’s oldest and most complex cultural landscapes.The name of the road we took to reach the entrance tells another conflicting story, Ihumātao Quarry Road.This is Auckland, the place where the landscape has been found in thousands of years of geological time and hundreds of years of Human history has ways jointly named for the Maori god and the agency of their destruction.”

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

Oh Auckland! I just finished a new novel by Lucy Barton.

3 The Promise By Damon Galgut (Chatto & Windus, $37)

This year’s winning novel, Booker, is a very funny novel about a white family in post-apartheid South Africa. Galgot’s prose has been likened not only to Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner, but also to Nabokov and James Joyce. Great shoes, to say the least!

4 Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci (Fig Tree, $45)

Stanley Tucci, who you might know as the singer from The Devil Wears Prada, the lovable father from Easy A, or that brutal killer from The Lovely Bones (what a chameleon!), has a new memoir, told through his love of food. From the publisher’s publicity: “Taste is an intimate reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about growing up in Westchester, New York, preparing and shooting foodie movies Big Night and Julie & Julia, falling in love at dinner, and collaborating with his wife to prepare meals to start the conversation for their children.” .

5 coco land cloud By Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster, $35)

NPR He says, “Of all the writers of contemporary literary fiction, Anthony Doerr is the one whose novels seem to be the purest response to the basic request – tell me a story.” (And we’re doing a good job, we Faster to add).

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

The Novel That Divides Millennials Into Two Camps: Runes and… non ronin.

7 Too Much Money: How Wealth Disparities Disequilibrate in Aotearoa New Zealand by Max Rushbrook (Bridget Williams Poepcs, $40)

The title really says it all, right?

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

A new novel about the brilliant novelist Thomas Mann, by the brilliant novelist Colm Toibin.

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

A massive read of 700 pages according to science newsRewrites 40,000 years of human history. The authors have drilled holes in shared notions about the supposedly primitive nature of our human ancestors, and suggest that reimagining our past would lead to a very different understanding of the origins of civilization and our current ways of life.

Borrowing from Science News again: “Some social systems were characterized by ruling elites, ruthless workers, and enslaved people. Others emphasized decentralization and collective decision-making. Some were run by men and others by women. The big question—which the authors cannot yet answer—is why After tens of thousands of years of social resilience, not many people today can visualize how society can be reorganized effectively.”

10 Lincoln Expressway By Amore Tools (Hutchinson, $37)

A new novel by the author of A Gentleman in Moscow and the Rules of Civility, set during a road trip in 1950s America. It has been described by the citizens of Goodreads as a “winner,” a “gem,” a “five-star read,” and a “crazy adventure story.”


1 Too Much Money: How Wealth Disparities Disequilibrate in Aotearoa New Zealand By Max Rashbrook (Bridget Williams Books, $40)

2 Pacific Mana: Wisdom from across Oceania By Regina Shavens and Abisalom Movono (Boutton and Burton, $40)

“The Mana of the Pacific brings together inspiring aphorisms and beautiful images that highlight the strength, resilience, wisdom and innovation of people from across the Pacific… Movono and Scheyvens say that for too long the indigenous peoples of the Pacific have felt that their culture is outdated, and their traditions lacking in value, and the only way they can develop is by relying on outside ideas and resources. Pacific Mana challenges this thinking and shows another way; one that is sustainable and resilient.” (Thanks again Kete Books!)

3 Tikanga: Introduction to Te Ao Māori By Keri Obay (Upstart Press, $40)

The perfect first step for those wanting to understand the Maori world.

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

Back in June, Aroha had already sold 25,000 copies – and then sold out I got an operhideIt has rarely left the bestseller list ever since.

5 Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love By Yotam Ottolenghi and Nur Murad (Ebri Press, $55)

The cookbook that helps you turn things stashed in your freezer and in the back of your cupboard into an Ottolenghi-level meal. If you’re a foodie, expect three copies of the OTK in stock this Christmas.

6 coco land cloud By Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster, $35)

7 Imagine decolonization By Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Rebecca Mercer, Mike Ross, Jenny Smeaton, and Amanda Thomas (Bridget Williams Books, $15)

Real MVP.

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

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

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

One of our favorite local books of the year (and since it’s shockingly close to December, we can say so with complete confidence). Funny and clear diary in articles, you can savor at leisure Here for something heartbreaking and Here For something funny and exciting. Yes, this book contains multitudes.

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