Bestselling books the week of 12/3/15, according to IndieBound

What's flying fastest off the shelves of independent bookstores this week?


1. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press
3. M Train, by Patti Smith, Knopf
4. The Witches, by Stacy Schiff, Little Brown
5. Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, by Randall Munroe, Houghton Mifflin – Debut
6. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, by Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, Sentinel
7. Gratitude, by Oliver Sacks, Knopf – Debut
8. My Life on the Road, by Gloria Steinem, Random House
9. Destiny and Power, by Jon Meacham, Random House
10. S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard, Liveright
11. Why Not Me?, by Mindy Kaling, Crown Archetype
12. Notorious RBG, by Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik, Dey Street
13. Boys in the Trees: A Memoir, by Carly Simon, Flatiron – Debut
14. Brave Enough, by Cheryl Strayed, Knopf
15. Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari, Penguin Press
On the Rise:
23. And Yet...: Essays, by Christopher Hitchens, S&S
Often prescient, always pugnacious, and formidably learned, Hitchens was a polemicist for the ages. With this posthumous volume, his reputation and his readers will continue to grow.

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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.”

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