Bestselling books the week of 11/8/12, according to IndieBound*

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. The Racketeer, by John Grisham, Doubleday
 2. The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling, Little Brown
 3. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, Crown
 4. Back to Blood, by Tom Wolfe, Little Brown
 5. The Round House, by Louise Erdrich, Harper
 6. This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz, Riverhead
 7. Winter of the World, by Ken Follett, Dutton
 8. The Panther, by Nelson DeMille, Grand Central
 9. Telegraph Avenue, by Michael Chabon, Harper
 10. The Twelve, by Justin Cronin, Ballantine
 11. A Thousand Mornings, by Mary Oliver, Penguin Press
 12. The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton, Atria
 13. Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel, Holt
 14. Live By Night, by Dennis Lehane, Morrow
 15. Phantom, by Jo Nesbø, Knopf

 16. The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin
 Shapiro's dazzling literary thriller is a November 2012 Indie Next List Great Read.

*Published Thursday, November 8, 2012 (for the sales week ended Sunday, November 4,  2012). Based on reporting from many hundreds of independent bookstores across the United States. For information on more titles, please visit

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About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

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