Bestselling books the week of 10/5/17, according to IndieBound

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.


1. A Legacy of Spies, by John le Carré, Viking
2. Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng, Penguin Press
3. A Column of Fire, by Ken Follett, Viking
4. Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King, Owen King, Scribner
5. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, by David Lagercrantz, Knopf
6. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles, Viking
7. My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent, Riverhead
8. Glass Houses, by Louise Penny, Minotaur
9. The Cuban Affair, by Nelson DeMille, S&S
10. Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward, Scribner
11. Don't Let Go, by Harlan Coben, Dutton
12. The Ninth Hour, by Alice McDermott, FSG
13. Forest Dark, by Nicole Krauss, Harper
14. Enemy of the State, by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills, Atria
15. Camino Island, by John Grisham, Doubleday

On the Rise:
17. The Child Finder, by Rene Denfeld, Harper
Denfeld's haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl  is a September 2017 Indie Next List Great Read.

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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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