Bestselling books the week of 9/22/16, according to IndieBound

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett, Harper - Debut
2. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, Doubleday
3. Razor Girl, by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf
4. Nutshell, by Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese - Debut
5. A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny, Minotaur
6. Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer, FSG
7. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware, Gallery/Scout Press
8. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles, Viking
9. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, Scribner
10. The Girls, by Emma Cline, Random House
11. The Nix, by Nathan Hill, Knopf
12. Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty, Flatiron
13. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's
14. An Obvious Fact, by Craig Johnson, Viking - Debut
15. Homegoing (An Indies Introduce Title), by Yaa Gyasi, Knopf
On the Rise:
24. Mischling, by Affinity Konar, Lee Boudreaux Books
Konar's powerful novel about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II is a September 2016 Indie Next List Great Read.

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016 (for the sales week ended Sunday, September 18, 2016). Based on reporting from many hundreds of independent bookstores across the United States. For information on more titles, please visit

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