Bestselling books the week of 11/22/12, according to IndieBound*

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. Who Could That Be at This Hour?, by Lemony Snicket, Little Brown
 2. Lego Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia, by Claire Sipi, DK Publishing
 3. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, by Jeff Kinney, Amulet
 4. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, Knopf
 5. Star Wars Origami, by Chris Alexander, Workman
 6. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, Dutton
 7. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, Knopf
 8. Drama, by Raina Telgemeier, Graphix
 9. Son, by Lois Lowry, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 10. Days of Blood & Starlight, by Laini Taylor, Little Brown
 11. Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White, Harper
 12. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney (Illus.), Little Brown
 13. The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illus.), Yearling
 14. Looking for Alaska, by John Green, Puffin
 15. The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Emma Thompson, Eleanor Taylor (Illus.), Frederick Warne and Company

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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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We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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