Bestselling books the week of 3/27/14, according to IndieBound*

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, Little Brown
2. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd, Viking
3. Missing You, by Harlan Coben, Dutton
4. Bark, by Lorrie Moore, Knopf
5. Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett, Doubleday
6. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen, Random House
7. The Martian, by Andy Weir, Crown
8. One More Thing, by B.J. Novak, Knopf
9. The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman, Scribner
10. Redeployment, by Phil Klay, Penguin Press
11. The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer, Minotaur
12. The Husband's Secret, by Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books
13. Shotgun Lovesongs, by Nickolas Butler, Thomas Dunne Books
14. Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi, Riverhead
15. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, Crown

On the Rise:
19. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin, Algonquin
Zevin's truly enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books—and booksellers—and is the #1 Indie Next List Great Read for April 2014.

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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.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

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.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to

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