Bestselling books the week of 11/03/15, according to IndieBound*

Created by the American Booksellers Association, the IndieBound bestseller list uses data from hundreds of independent bookstores across the United States to determine which books are flying fastest off the shelves on any given week.


1. Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book, by Johanna Basford, Penguin
2. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, Penguin
3. The Mindfulness Coloring Book, by Emma Farrarons, Experiment
4. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler, Dey Street
5. You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero, Running Press
6. #Girlboss, by Sophia Amoruso, Portfolio
7. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham, Random House
8. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay
9. The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Volume Two, by Emma Farrarons, Experiment
10. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai, Back Bay
11. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, by Caitlin Doughty, Norton
12. Rebel Yell, by S.C. Gwynne, Scribner
13. HBR's 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence, by Harvard Business School Press
14. Do Unto Animals, by Tracey Stewart, Lisel Ashlock (Illus.), Artisan
15. Black Mass, by Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neill, PublicAffairs
On the Rise:
17. Red Notice, by Bill Browder, S&S

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