Bestselling books the week of 9/25/14, according to IndieBound*

Created by the American Booksellers Association, the IndieBound bestseller list uses data from hundreds of independent bookstores across the country to determine which books are flying fastest off the shelves on any given week. This week, some of the bestselling titles flagged by the stores that report their data to the ABA include "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by Caitlin Doughty and "Neverhome" by Laird Hunt. Check out the full IndieBound list below.


1. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett, Dutton
2. Personal, by Lee Child, Delacorte
3. The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell, Random House
4. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami, Knopf
5. The Children Act, by Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese
6. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, Scribner
7. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, Little Brown
8. The Secret Place, by Tana French, Viking
9. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good, by Jan Karon, Putnam Adult
10. Adultery, by Paulo Coelho, Knopf
11. The Long Way Home, by Louise Penny, Minotaur
12. The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters, Riverhead
13. We Are Not Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas, S&S
14. Perfidia, by James Ellroy, Knopf
15. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam

On the Rise:
16. Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle, FSG
Darnielle's audacious and gripping debut novel is an October 2014 Indie Next List Great Read.

*Published Thursday, September 25, 2014 (for the sales week ended Sunday, September 21, 2014). Based on reporting from many hundreds of independent bookstores across the United States. For information on more titles, please visit

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