Bestselling books the week of 2/23/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best at independent bookstores across America.


1. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman, Norton
2. Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, Random House - Debut
3. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, Doubleday
4. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles, Viking
5. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett, Harper
6. The Whistler, by John Grisham, Doubleday
7. 4 3 2 1, by Paul Auster, Holt
8. The Girl Before, by J.P. Delaney, Ballantine
9. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, Scribner
10. Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay, Grove Press
11. Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough, Flatiron
12. The Refugees, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove Press
13. Moonglow, by Michael Chabon, Harper
14. Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult, Ballantine
15. Universal Harvester, by John Darnielle, FSG
On the Rise:
18. We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter, Viking
Hunter's debut novel is based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews separated at the start of WWII, determined to survive – and to reunite.

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (for the sales week ended Sunday, February 19, 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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“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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