Bestselling hardcover books, according to IndieBound*

1. The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown, Doubleday

2. An Echo in the Bone, by Diana Gabaldon, Delacorte

3. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam

4. South of Broad, by Pat Conroy, Nan A. Talese

5. The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese

6. A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore, Knopf

7. The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson, Knopf

8. Homer & Langley, by E.L. Doctorow, Random House

9. The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central

10. That Old Cape Magic, by Richard Russo, Knopf

11. The White Queen, by Philippa Gregory, Touchstone

12. A Change in Altitude, Anita Shreve, Little Brown

13. Blood's A Rover, by James Ellroy, Knopf

14. The Lost Art of Gratitude, by Alexander McCall Smith, Pantheon

15. Hardball, by Sara Paretsky, Putnam

ON THE RISE: Love and Summer, by William Trevor, Viking
1. True Compass, by Edward M. Kennedy, Twelve

2. Where Men Win Glory, by Jon Krakauer, Doubleday

3. Arguing With Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government, by Glenn Beck, Threshold Editions

4. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I, by Julia Child, et al., Knopf

5. The Case for God, by Karen Armstrong, Knopf

6. Strength in What Remains, by Tracy Kidder, Random House

7. The Healing of America, by T.R. Reid, Penguin Press

8. Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown

9. Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall, Knopf

10. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, by Richard Dawkins, Free Press

11. American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot, by Craig Ferguson, Harper

12. Traveling With Pomegranates, by Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Kidd Taylor, Viking

13. Half the Sky, by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn, Knopf

14. Nurtureshock, by Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman, Twelve

15. Bicycle Diaries, by David Byrne, Viking

ON THE RISE: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, by Allison Hoover Bartlett, Riverhead

* Published Thursday, October 1, 2009 (for the sales week ended Sunday, September 27, 2009). Based on reporting from many hundreds of independent bookstores across the United States. For information on more titles, please visit

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