Bestselling books the week of 2/3/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores all across America.


1. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance, Harper
2. The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis, Norton
3. The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben, Greystone Books
4. The Book of Joy, by The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Avery
5. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah, Spiegel & Grau
6. The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher, Blue Rider
7. The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston, Grand Central
8. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau
9. Killing the Rising Sun, by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt
10. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi, Random House
11. Three Days in January, by Bret Baier, Morrow
12. Tools of Titans, by Timothy Ferriss, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
13. Thank You for Being Late, by Thomas L. Friedman, FSG
14. Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson, St. Martin's – Debut
15. Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, by Matt Taibbi, Spiegel & Grau – Debut

Published Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (for the sales week ended Sunday, January 29, 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.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

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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