Local bestsellers


1. Gone Girl. By Gillian Flynn. CROWN.

2. Tenth of December. By George Saunders. RANDOM HOUSE.

3. The Third Wheel. By Jeff Kinney. AMULET.


4. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. By Ayana Mathis. KNOPF.

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5. (tie) Bring Up the Bodies. By Hilary Mantel. HENRY HOLT AND CO.

The Round House. By Louise Erdrich. HARPER.

7. The Yellow Birds. By Kevin Powers. LITTLE, BROWN AND CO.

8. Sweet Tooth. By Ian McEwan. NAN A. TALESE.


9. Flight Behavior. By Barbara Kingsolver. HARPER.

10. Live by Night. By Dennis Lehane. WILLIAM MORROW.


1. Help, Thanks, Wow. By Anne Lamott. RIVERHEAD.

2. Behind the Beautiful Forevers. By Katherine Boo. RANDOM HOUSE.

3. Far from the Tree. By Andrew Solomon. SCRIBNER.


4. The Signal and the Noise. By Nate Silver. PENGUIN.

5. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof. By Ina Garten. CLARKSON POTTER.

6. Killing Kennedy. By Bill O’Reilly. HENRY HOLT AND CO.

7. The World Until Yesterday. By Jared Diamond. VIKING.

8. (tie) Thomas Jefferson. By Jon Meacham. RANDOM HOUSE.

Killing Lincoln. By Bill O’Reilly. HENRY HOLT AND CO.

10. I Could Pee on This. By Francesco Marciuliano. CHRONICLE.


1. Wolf Hall. By Hilary Mantel. PICADOR.

2. Death Comes to Pemberley. By P.D. James. VINTAGE.

3. The Sense of an Ending. By Julian Barnes. VINTAGE.

4. The Paris Wife. By Paula McLain. BALLANTINE.

5. Rules of Civility. By Amor Towles. PENGUIN.

6. Home. By Toni Morrison. VINTAGE.

7. State of Wonder. By Ann Patchett. HARPER PERRENNIAL.

8. The Night Circus. By Erin Morgenstern. ANCHOR.

9. The Language of Flowers. By Vanessa Diffenbaugh. BALLANTINE.

10. The Best American Short Stories 2012. Edited by Tom Perrotta. MARINER.


1. Proof of Heaven. By Eben Alexander. SIMON & SCHUSTER.

2. In the Garden of Beasts. By Erik Larson. BROADWAY.

3. Team of Rivals. By Doris Kearns Goodwin. SIMON & SCHUSTER.

4. (tie) Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? By Mindy Kaling. THREE RIVERS.

F in Exams. By Richard Benson. CHRONICLE.

6. Bossypants. By Tina Fey. BACK BAY BOOKS.

7. (tie) The Happiness Project. By Gretchen Rubin. HARPER PERENNIAL.

How to Write a Sentence. By Stanley Fish. HARPER.

9. Tiny Beautiful Things. By Cheryl Strayed. VINTAGE.

10. The Science of Yoga. By William J. Broad. SIMON & SCHUSTER.

Compiled from Andover Bookstore, The Book Rack, Brookline Booksmith, Concord Bookshop, Harvard Book Store, New England Mobile Book Fair, Porter Square Books, The Spirit of ‘76 Squared, and Wellesley Books.

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