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

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust, by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter
 2. Killing Kennedy, by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt
 3. I Could Pee on This, by Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle
 4. Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, Knopf
 5. No Easy Day, by Mark Owen, Dutton
 6. America Again, by Stephen Colbert, Grand Central
 7. Waging Heavy Peace, by Neil Young, Blue Rider
 8. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, by Deb Perelman, Knopf
 9. Killing Lincoln, by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt
 10. Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, by Timothy Egan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 11. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965, by William Manchester, Paul Reid, Little Brown
 12. Elsewhere: A Memoir, by Richard Russo, Knopf
 13. The Signal and the Noise, by Nate Silver, Penguin Press
 14. How Music Works, by David Byrne, McSweeney's
 15. The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe, Knopf

 16. Bruce, by Peter Ames Carlin, Touchstone
 Carlin's sweeping biography of rock legend Bruce Springsteen.

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Dear Reader,

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”:

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