Bestselling books the week of 1/29/15, 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 "The Soul of Discretion" by Susan Hill and "The Magician's Lie" by Greer Macallister. Check out the full IndieBound list below.


1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, Scribner
2. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, Riverhead
3. The First Bad Man, by Miranda July, Scribner
4. Gray Mountain, by John Grisham, Doubleday
5. The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant, Scribner
6. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, Little Brown
7. Redeployment, by Phil Klay, Penguin Press
8. The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion, S&S
9. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, Knopf
10. Saint Odd, by Dean Koontz, Bantam
11. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson, FSG
12. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, by Chris Scotton, Grand Central
13. Euphoria, by Lily King, Atlantic Monthly Press
14. The Escape, by David Baldacci, Grand Central
15. Descent, by Tim Johnston, Algonquin

On the Rise:
19. The Last American Vampire, by Seth Grahame-Smith, Grand Central
Vampire Henry Sturges returns in Grahame-Smith's sequel to "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

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