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Local bestsellers



1. The Goldfinch. By Donna Tart. Little, Brown.

2. The Invention of Wings. By Sue Monk Kidd. Viking.

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3. Ripper. By Isabel Allende. Harper.

4. Sycamore Row. By John Grisham. Doubleday.

5. The Fault in Our Stars. By John Green. Dutton.

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6. Still Life with Bread Crumbs. By Anna Quindlen. Random House.

7. Gone Girl. By Gillian Flynn. Crown.

8. The Kept (tie). By James Scott. Harper.

8. The Luminaries (tie). By Eleanor Catton. Little, Brown.

10. The Lowland. By Jhumpa Lahiri. Knopf.


1. Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. By Robert M. Gates. Knopf.

2. The Boys in the Boat. By Daniel James Brown. Viking.

3. David and Goliath. By Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown.

4. My Life in Middlemarch. By Rebecca Mead. Crown.

5. My Age of Anxiety. By Scott Stossel. Knopf.

6. My Promised Land. By Ari Shavit. Spiegel & Grau.

7. Fighting Back. By Chris Nilan. Triumph Books.

8. The Bully Pulpit. By Doris Kearns Goodwin. Simon and Schuster.

9. Jerusalem. By Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi. Ten Speed.

10. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. By Ann Patchett.



1. Me Before You. By Jojo Moyes. Penguin.

2. Life After Life. By Kate Atkinson. Back Bay Books.

3. Where’d You Go Bernadette. By Maria Semple. Back Bay Books.

4. Dear Life. By Alice Munro. Vintage.

5. Tenth of December. By George Saunders. Random House.

6. Orphan Train. By Christina Baker Kline. William Morrow.

7. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. By Robin Sloan. Picador.

8. The Flamethrowers. By Rachel Kushner. Scribner.

9. The Book Thief (tie). By Markus Zusak. Knopf.

9. All That Is (tie). By James Salter. Vintage.


1. My Beloved World. By Sonia Sotomayor. Vintage.

2. The Monuments Men. By Robert M. Edsel (Author) , Bret Witter (Contributor). Center Street.

3. Lone Survivor. By Marcus Luttrell. Back Bay.

4. Detroit: An American Autopsy. By Charlie LeDuff. Penguin Books.

5. Hyperbole and a Half. By Allie Brosh. Touchstone.

6. The Moth. By Catherine Burns (Editor, Introduction) Adam Gopnik (Preface) , George Dawes Green (Foreword). Hyperion.

7. Unlikely Loves. By Jennifer S. Holland. Workman.

8. Quiet. By Susan Cain. Broadway.

9. Proof of Heaven. By Eben Alexander. Simon & Schuster.

10. Wild. By Cheryl Strayed. Vintage.

Compiled from Andover Bookstore, Harvard Book Store, Book Rack Bookstore, Concord Bookshop, The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, New England Mobile, Wellesley, Porter Square, Brookline Booksmith, and Book Ends Winchester.

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