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

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell, Random House
 2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky, MTV Books
 3. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James, Vintage
 4. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes, Vintage
 5. Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James, Vintage
 6. The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador
 7. State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett, Harper Perennial
 8. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, Mariner
 9. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, Anchor
 10. Fifty Shades Freed, by E.L. James, Vintage
 11. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, Picador
 12. Reflected in You, by Sylvia Day, Berkley
 13. The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Ballantine
 14. The Best American Short Stories 2012, by Tom Perrotta, Heidi Pitlor (Eds.), Mariner
 15. Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles, Penguin

 18. The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey, Reagan Arthur Books
 Ivey's touching novel is set in the Alaskan wilderness of the 1920s.

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