Bestselling books the week of 10/13/16, according to IndieBound

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America?


1. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett, Harper
2. The Trespasser, by Tana French, Viking
3. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, Doubleday
4. Two by Two, by Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central - Debut
5. Razor Girl, by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf
6. Nutshell, by Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese
7. Today Will Be Different, by Maria Semple, Little Brown - Debut
8. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware, Gallery/Scout Press
9. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles, Viking
10. Home, by Harlan Coben, Dutton
11. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, Scribner
12. The Girls, by Emma Cline, Random House
13. Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer, FSG
14. The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue, Little Brown
15. The Rain in Portugal, by Billy Collins, Random House -  Debut
On the Rise:
23. News of the World, by Paulette Jiles, Morrow
A brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. An October 2016 Indie Next List Great Read.

Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (for the sales week ended Sunday, October 9, 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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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.”

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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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