Local bestsellers


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

2. Gone Girl. By Gillian Flynn. CROWN.

3. Vampires in the Lemon Grove. By Karen Russell. KNOPF.


4. The Round House. By Louise Erdrich. HARPER.

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5. The Dinner. By Herman Koch. HOGARTH.

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

7. A Thousand Mornings. By Mary Oliver. PENGUIN.

8. Bring Up the Bodies. By Hilary Mantel. HENRY HOLT & CO.


9. (tie) The Good House. By Ann Leary. ST. MARTIN’S.

9. (tie) This Is How You Lose Her. By Junot Díaz. RIVERHEAD.


1. Francona. By Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy. HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT.

2. Whitey Bulger. By Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy.



3. My Beloved World. By Sonia Sotomayor. KNOPF.

4. Whitey. By Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. CROWN.

5. Why Priests? By Garry Wills. VIKING.

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

7. Unbroken. By Laura Hillenbrand. RANDOM HOUSE.

8. How Children Succeed. By Paul Tough.


9. American Sniper. By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen,

and Jim DeFelice. WILLIAM MORROW.

10. The Backyard Parables. By Margaret Roach. GRAND CENTRAL.


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

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

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

4. Canada. By Richard Ford. ECCO.

5. Wolf Hall. By Hilary Mantel. PICADOR.

6. (tie) The Language of Flowers. By Vanessa Diffenbaugh. BALLANTINE.

6. (tie) The Night Circus. By Erin Morgenstern. ANCHOR.

8. Life of Pi. By Yann Martel. MARINER.

9. (tie) The Perks of Being a Wallflower. By Stephen Chbosky. MTV.

9. (tie) The Sense of an Ending. By Julian Barnes. VINTAGE.


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

2. Quiet. By Susan Cain. BROADWAY.

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

4. Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? By Mindy Kaling.


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

6. An Invisible Thread. By Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski.


7. (tie) American Sniper. By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen,

and Jim DeFelice. HARPER.

7. (tie) Team of Rivals. By Doris Kearns Goodwin. SIMON & SCHUSTER.

9. House of Stone. By Anthony Shadid. MARINER.

10. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. By the Countess of Carnarvon. BROADWAY.

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

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