Home News and Features Features Fall Bestsellers at Bear Pond Books (in no particular order):

Fall Bestsellers at Bear Pond Books (in no particular order):


Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics & Little Known Wonders by Rowan Jacobsen

America is having an apple renaissance and the local foodie and author guides us through it in this beautiful and delicious book. There is eating beyond the Mac and even the Honey Crisp! 

The Vermont Way by Jim Douglas

Our former governor tells the stories of his 40 years in state politics including his views on how politics is changing both here and nationally.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie

A novel about the experiences and observations of a Nigerian woman who comes to the US to study and what pulls her back to her native country. A book group favorite.

Proof Positive by Archer Mayor

A Vietnam vet with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is crushed to death by the piles of junk he is hoarding in his home. Or was it murder?  The latest Joe Gunther novel by Vermont’s beloved mystery writer. 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The thriller everyone’s talking about. Seen the movie?  Now read the book! 

Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery by Polly Young-Eisendrath

The local author recounts her relationship with her husband and soul mate including his years with Alzheimer’s disease. An insightful and inspiring story about living in the present moment.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End  by Atul Gawande

The way we really should be talking about death: How the medicine can comfort and enhance the quality of the last weeks or months of life, instead of just focusing on how to extend it.

Ice Ship by Charles Johnson

The local naturalist tells the story of the 19th century explorations aboard the Fram, the ship that took epic expeditions through the Arctic and to Antarctica.

Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

A great narrative history about nine working class boys who, in the depths of the Depression,  came together to compete at the 1936 Olympics and triumph over the German team competing under Hitler.

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The very popular children’s book author comes out with his latest in the Heroes of Olympus series and the population of preteen boys in the store skyrockets.

In addition, we are expecting these books to be big hits for the holidays:

Revival by Stephen King

A new Stephen King book! A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking by London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi

A follow-up to the very popular cookbook Plenty, this new book has over 150 vegetarian dishes organized by cooking method. Vegetables never looked so good! 

Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

Who doesn’t love the delicious recipes of the Barefoot Contessa?  Here she brings us her favorite recipes to “make ahead” for entertaining or cooking for the family.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A beautiful and haunting novel about the importance of art and relationships in a post-flu world. Nominated for the National Book Award and beloved by our staff.

Blue Horses by Mary Oliver

Always a bestselling favorite, Oliver’s new volume of poetry describes the wonder of the natural world.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

The next best thing to hanging out with Amy herself!  Funny stories and real-life advice in this sort-of memoir from the popular comedian.

Mr. Hockey: My Story by Gordie Howe

The greatest hockey player ever (yes?) tells his story. This will be the sports book of the season.

Stories of My Life by Katherine Paterson

A favorite local author, Paterson’s new memoir tells the stories of her life living around the world with missionary parents that inspired her children’s books. 

Great Maps by Jerry Brotton

The world’s finest maps explored and explained in this overview of cartography through the ages.

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne LaMott

New essays on hope, joy and grace from the very popular author who writes with great honesty, wit and profound feeling.

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Monroe

Informative yet hilarious scientific answers to the most popular and strange questions from Monroe’s very popular website. 

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

Readers might be surprised how interesting Wonder Woman’s history is in this book that draws the lines between feminism and popular culture. Not for comic book fans only. 

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