“Cambridge” bySusanna Kaysen.
“Cambridge” bySusanna Kaysen.


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

2. Missing You. By Harlan Coben. Dutton.

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

4. Bark. By Lorrie Moore. Knopf.

5. One More Thing. By B. J. Novak. Knopf.

6. Cambridge. By Susanna Kaysen. Knopf.

7. Insurgent. By Veronica Roth. Katherine Tegen.

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

9. The Husband's Secret. By Liane Moriarty. Amy Einhorn Books.

10. Raising Steam. By Terry Pratchett. Doubleday.

“Story of the Jews” by Simon Schama.
“Story of the Jews” by Simon Schama.


1. Story of the Jews. By Simon Schama. Ecco.

2. Trapped Under the Sea. By Neil Swidey. Crown.


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

4. The Future of the Mind. By Michio Kaku. Doubleday.

5. Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition. By David Allen Sibley. Knopf.

6. Accidental Universe. By Alan Lightman. Pantheon.

7. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. By Elizabeth Kolbert. Henry Holt.

8. Blood Will Out. By Walter Kirn. Liveright.

9. Orr. By Bobby Orr. G. P. Putnam's Sons.

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


“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


1. Americanah. By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Anchor.

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

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

4. Divergent. By Veronica Roth. Katherine Tegen.

5. Where'd You Go Bernadette. By Maria Semple. Back Bay Books.

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

7. Dear Life. By Alice Munro. Vintage.

8. The Light Between Oceans. M.L. Stedman. Scribner.

9. Beautiful Ruins. By Jess Walter. Harper.

10. Cockroaches. By Jo Nesbo. Vintage.

“Letters to a Young Scientist” by Edward O. Wilson.
“Letters to a Young Scientist” by Edward O. Wilson.


1. Quiet. By Susan Cain. Broadway.

2. Wild. By Cheryl Strayed. Vintage.

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


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

5. Lone Survivor. By Marcus Luttrell. Little, Brown.

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

7. Margaret Fuller. By Megan Marshall. Mariner.

8. Letters to a Young Scientist. By Edward O. Wilson. Liveright.

9. Hyperbole and a Half (tie). By Allie Brosh. Touchstone.

10. Life: It Is What It Is (tie). By Lisa Sugarman. CreateSpace.

Compiled from 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.

Alex Stills can be reached at alexandra.stills@globe.com