Ames Tribune: “The Eighth Life (For Brilka)” by Georgian author Nino Haratischvili sees phenomenal success

  • Peter Haleas, a bookseller at Dog-Eared Books in downtown Ames, is a fan of "The Eighth Life" by Nino Haratischvili. Photo: Ronna Faaborg/Ames Tribune

Review by, 14 Sep 2021, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Ames Tribune, a daily newspaper in Ames, Iowa reads that a 944-page book titled “The Eighth Life (For Brilka)” written by Georgian female author Nino Haratischvili has seen phenomenal success at Dog-Eared Books, an independent bookstore in downtown Ames.

Based on the article the book 'isselling at a rate of about 100:1 compared to similar bookstores’.

It’s been a beautiful thing — just finding that book and how ridiculously it’s spread with people in Ames,” said Peter Haleas, a bookseller at Dog-Eared, who first started recommending the book to customers.

It’s a book about Georgian history — the country of Georgia — so for it to really sprout in Ames instead of any other place is really beautiful. It’s made me really excited to come in here and talk about the book with people and hear their comments.”

Dog-Eared co-owner Amanda Lepper said the store probably wouldn’t even carry “The Eighth Life” if it weren’t for Haleas.

She said she’s seen “The Eighth Life” in just one other bookstore. On Friday, the book was No. 121,698 in books on Amazon, but it was the No. 2 bestseller at Dog-Eared, where it was edged out only by national bestseller, “The Midnight Library.”

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