Bestselling books the week of 9/29/16, according to IndieBound

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America?


1. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett, Harper
2. Razor Girl, by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf
3. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, Doubleday
4. Nutshell, by Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese
5. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
6. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware, Gallery/Scout Press,
7. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, Scribner
8. Home, by Harlan Coben, Dutton - Debut
9. The Girls, by Emma Cline, Random House
10. Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer, FSG
11. A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny, Minotaur
12. The Nix, by Nathan Hill, Knopf
13. Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty, Flatiron
14. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's
15. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd, by Alan Bradley, Delacorte – Debut
On the Rise:
18. The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue, Little Brown
The new novel by the bestselling author of Room is a tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil. An October 2016 Indie Next List Great Read.

Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (for the sales week ended Sunday, September 25, 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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