Bestselling books the week of 2/17/11, according to IndieBound*

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.


1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson, Knopf
2. Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell, Knopf
3. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
4. Room, by Emma Donoghue, Little Brown
5. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness, Viking
6. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, by David Sedaris, Ian Falconer (Illus.), Little Brown
7. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen, FSG
8. A Red Herring Without Mustard, by Alan Bradley, Delacorte
9. Tick Tock, by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge, Little Brown
10. The Red Garden, by Alice Hoffman, Crown
11. An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin, Grand Central
12. While Mortals Sleep, by Kurt Vonnegut, Delacorte
13. West of Here, by Jonathan Evison, Algonquin
14. The Sentry, by Robert Crais, Putnam
15. The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
18. I Think I Love You, by Allison Pearson, Knopf
Pearson's latest novel is funny, moving, and full of observations about the awakenings of both youth and middle age.

*Published Thursday, February 17, 2011 (for the sales week ended Sunday, February 13, 2011). Based on reporting from many hundreds of independent bookstores across the United States. For information on more titles, please visit


1. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, Random House
2. Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff, Little Brown
3. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua, Penguin Press
4. Life, by Keith Richards, Little Brown
5. Autobiography of Mark Twain, by Mark Twain, University of California Press
6. Known and Unknown: A Memoir, by Donald Rumsfeld, Sentinel
7. The Hidden Reality, by Brian Greene, Knopf
8. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, by Karen Armstrong, Knopf
9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, Crown
10. At Home, by Bill Bryson, Doubleday
11. Poser, by Claire Dederer, FSG
12. The 4-Hour Body, by Timothy Ferriss, Crown
13. The Investment Answer, by Daniel C. Goldie, Business Plus
14. Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?, by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter
15. Sh*t My Dad Says, by Justin Halpern, It Books
16. I Beat the Odds, by Michael Oher, Gotham
The football star made famous in The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth.


1. Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese, Vintage
2. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson, Random House
3. The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman, Dial
4. The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake, Berkley
5. Little Bee, by Chris Cleave, S&S
6. True Grit, by Charles Portis, Overlook
7. Tinkers, by Paul Harding, Bellevue Literary Press
8. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, Algonquin
9. Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls, Scribner
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein, Harper
11. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow, Algonquin
12. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, Vintage
13. The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine, Picador
14. The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial
15. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford, Ballantine
18. The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer, Vintage
The eagerly awaited debut novel by the author of the short story collection How to Breathe Underwater.


1. Just Kids, by Patti Smith, Ecco
2. The Big Short, by Michael Lewis, Norton
3. Inside of a Dog, by Alexandra Horowitz, Scribner
4. Heaven Is for Real, by Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson
5. Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, Vintage
6. Committed, by Elizabeth Gilbert, Penguin
7. The King's Speech, by Mark Logue, Peter Conradi, Sterling
8. What the Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay
9. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, Scribner
10. NurtureShock, by Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman, Twelve
11. Stones Into Schools, by Greg Mortenson, Penguin
12. Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin, Penguin
13. Taking the Leap, by Pema Chodron, Shambhala
14. The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande, Picador
15. Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes, by Elizabeth Bard, Back Bay


1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, Vintage
2. The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson, Vintage
3. This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George, Harper
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Warner
5. The Black Cat, by Martha Grimes, Signet
6. Split Image, by Robert B. Parker, Berkley
7. The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown, Anchor
8. Deliver Us From Evil, by David Baldacci, Vision
9. U Is for Undertow, by Sue Grafton, Berkley
10. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4th Edition, by Merriam-Webster


1. Moon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool, Delacorte
2. The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, Hyperion
3. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, Knopf
4. I Broke My Trunk!, by Mo Willems, Hyperion
5. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly, Square Fish
6. I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore, Harper
7. Matched, by Ally Condie, Dutton
8. The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan, Hyperion
9. Madeline at the White House, by John Bemelmans Marciano, Viking
10. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney (Illus.), Little Brown
11. The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illus.), Harper
12. Savvy, by Ingrid Law, Puffin
13. Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher, Firebird
14. We Are in a Book!, by Mo Willems, Hyperion
15. Beautiful Oops!, by Barney Salzberg, Workman


1. A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip Christian Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illus.), Roaring Brook
2. Silverlicious, by Victoria Kann, Harper
3. Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George!, by H.A. Rey, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
4. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper
5. Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, by Barack Obama, Loren Long (Illus.), Knopf
6. Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart, by Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), HarperFestival
7. Otis, by Loren Long, Philomel
8. Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom, by Marilyn Singer, Lee Wildish (Illus.), Knopf
9. Love Is You & Me, by Monica Sheehan, Little Simon
10. I Like You, by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, Jacqueline Chwast (Illus.), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
11. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Putnam
12. Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden
13. Ladybug Girl Loves, by Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illus.), Grosset & Dunlap
14. No Matter What, by Debi Gliori, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
15. It's a Book, by Lane Smith, Roaring Brook


1. The Hunger Games (hardcover and paperback), by Suzanne Collins, Scholastic
2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (hardcover and paperback), by Rick Riordan, Miramax
3. Magic Tree House (hardcover and paperback), by Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House
4. Harry Potter (hardcover and paperback), by J.K. Rowling, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books
5. Ivy & Bean (hardcover and paperback), by Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illus.), Chronicle
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (hardcover), by Jeff Kinney, Amulet
7. Fancy Nancy I Can Read Series (paperback), by Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illus.), Harper
8. The Ranger's Apprentice (hardcover and paperback), by John Flanagan, Puffin
9. The 39 Clues (hardcover), by Jude Watson, et al., Scholastic
10. Pretty Little Liars (hardcover and paperback), by Sara Shepard, Harper Teen