Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Holly Golightly, the Babbo's Books cat, always enjoyed a good book.
Holly, who recently passed away, had many fans in the neighborhood.
Reading over Holly's shoulder is Leonora Stein, owner of Babbo's Books.

Today we inaugurate a new—and occasional—column, "Whatcha Reading?," a list of best-selling books from neighborhood outlets.

No longer do you have to crane your neck on the F train to catch the name of the book the man across the aisle is holding or wonder if that woman has buttoned up her copy of Shades of Grey in a Harry Potter jacket. Or do people keep them at home?

Here from Babbo's Books is a list of its top 11 sellers, both new and used. Our thanks to Leonora Stein, the owner and proprietor of Babbo's Books at 242 Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace; tel: (718) 788-3475. A check at its website ( reveals that it hosts a monthly book club on first Fridays at 8 p.m. Its Monday to Saturday hours run from 11 to 8 and slightly shorter on Sundays.

1. The Fifty Shades of Grey series by E.L. James
2. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin (basis for the television series "A Game of Thrones")
3. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
4. Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renee Russell
5. The Bone series by Jeff Smith. 
6. Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
7. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel 

Used Titles

8+. Any title by David Foster Wallace
9.-10.The Devil In The White City:
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America; In The Garden Of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
11. Unbroken:
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand