Bestselling books the week of 10/10/13, according to IndieBound*

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King, Scribner
2. The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert, Viking
3. The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri, Knopf
4. The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central
5. And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead
6. Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon, Penguin Press
7. Never Go Back, by Lee Child, Delacorte
8. W Is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton, Putnam
9. The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith, Mulholland
10. MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese
11. Someone, by Alice McDermott, FSG
12. The Quest, by Nelson DeMille, Center Street
13. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman, Morrow
14. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, Crown
15. Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem, Doubleday

On the Rise:
16. Spider Woman's Daughter, by Anne Hillerman, Harper
With Spider Woman's Daughter, Anne Hillerman continues her late father Tony's Leaphorn and Chee detective series.

*Published Thursday, October 10, 2013 (for the sales week ended Sunday, October 6, 2013). Based on reporting from many hundreds of independent bookstores across the United States. For information on more titles, please visit

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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”:

“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.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

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The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

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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