U.S. Best-selling books for Aug. 21

IndieBound.org compiles a weekly list of best-selling books from independently owned bookstores.


1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

2. Broken Harbor by Tana French (Viking Adult)

3. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (Viking Adult)

4. A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (McSweeney’s Books)

5. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Bantam)

6. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva (Harper)

7. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Random House)

8. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (Harper)

9. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (Doubleday)

10. Mission to Paris by Alan Furst (Random House)


1. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf)

2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)

3. Double-Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre (Crown)

4. Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle Books)

5. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz (Knopf)

6. Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith (Simon & Schuster)

7. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen (Random House)

8. Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach; illustrated by Ricardo Cortes (Akashic Books)

9. The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House by Edward Klein (Regenery Publishing)

10. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)

The Wall Street Journal gathers point-of-sale book data from more than 11,000 locations across the U.S., representing about 75 percent of the nation’s book sales. Data providers include all major booksellers and Web retailers and food stores (excluding Walmart and Sam’s Club).


1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

2. Nevermore by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Co.)

3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)

4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

5. The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger (Amulet)

6. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press)

7. Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz (Bantam)

8. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (Random House Children’s Books)

9. Where We Belong by Emily Griffin (St. Martin’s Press)

10. Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood (Dutton)


1. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Gallup Press)

2. Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young (Integrity Publishers)

3. Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck by Anthony K. Tjan, Richard J. Harrington, Tsun-Yan Hsieh (Harvard Business School)

4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf)

5. The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer (New Harbinger)

6. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney (Abrams)

7. The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House by Edward Klein (Regenery Publishing)

8. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard (Holt)

9. Wheat Belly by William Davis (Rodale Press)

10. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney (Abrams)