Indie Bestsellers


1. The Pale King, David Foster Wallace

2. The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obreht

3. The Land of Painted Caves, Jean M. Auel

4. The Paris Wife, Paula McLain

5. She Walks in Beauty, Caroline Kennedy (Ed.)

6. The Fifth Witness, Michael Connelly

7. Horoscopes for the Dead, Billy Collins

8. The Troubled Man, Henning Mankell

9. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, Alexander McCall Smith

10. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson


1. Bossypants, Tina Fey

2. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand

3. The Social Animal, David Brooks

4. Blood, Bones & Butter, Gabrielle Hamilton

5. I’m Over All That: And Other Confessions- Debut, Shirley MacLaine

6. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Manning Marable

7. Moonwalking With Einstein, Joshua Foer

8. Cleopatra, Stacy Schiff

9. Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell

10. The 17 Day Diet, Dr.Mike Moreno


1. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

2. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen

3. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese

4. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson

5. The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman

6. The Postmistress, Sarah Blake

7. A Visit From the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

8. Little Bee, Chris Cleave

9. Imperfect Birds, Anne Lamott

10. The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein


1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

2. Heaven Is for Real, Todd Burpo

3. Just Kids, Patti Smith

4. Born to Run=, Christopher McDougall

5. Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz,

6. The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin

7. Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre

8. F in Exams, Richard Benson, Chronicle

9. The Big Short, Michael Lewis, Norton

10. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls

The Indie Bestseller List, published Thursday, April 21, 2011 (for the sales week ended Sunday, April 17, 2011). Based on reporting from many hundreds of independent bookstores across the United States. For information on more titles, visit


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