Bestselling books the week of 1/26/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance, Harper
2. The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis, Norton
3. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah, Spiegel & Grau
4. The Book of Joy, by The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Avery
5. The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben, Greystone Books
6. The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher, Blue Rider
7. Three Days in January, by Bret Baier, Morrow
8. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi, Random House
9. The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston, Grand Central
10. Killing the Rising Sun, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, Holt
11. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau
12. Thank You for Being Late, by Thomas L. Friedman, FSG
13. Upstream, by Mary Oliver, Penguin Press
14. Tools of Titans, by Timothy Ferriss, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
15. Scrappy Little Nobody, by Anna Kendrick, Touchstone

Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (for the sales week ended Sunday, January 22, 2017). 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.”

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.

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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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