Bestselling books the week of 12/13/15, according to IndieBound

What's flying fastest off the shelves of independent bookstores this week? IndieBound's list is based on reporting from hundreds of independent bookstores across the United States for the sales week ended Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015.


1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, Scribner
2. Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham, Doubleday
3. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, Riverhead
4. Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff, Riverhead
5. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom, Harper
6. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's
7. Felicity, by Mary Oliver, Penguin Press
8. The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende, Atria
9. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, by Stephen King, Scribner
10. The Guilty, by David Baldacci, Grand Central
11. Avenue of Mysteries, by John Irving, S&S
12. Slade House, by David Mitchell, Random House
13. The Girl in the Spider's Web, by David Lagercrantz, Knopf
14. Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, Harper
15. See Me, by Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central

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