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Published January 04, 2009, 12:00 AM

Heartland Indie Bestseller List

The Heartland Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound, GLIBA and MBA, for the week ended Dec. 21. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, the Midwest Booksellers Association and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit


1. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski (Ecco, $25.95)

2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial, $22)

3. A Mercy, by Toni Morrison (Knopf, $23.95)

4. The Christmas Sweater, by Glenn Beck (Threshold Editions, $19.99)

5. The Hour I First Believed, by Wally Lamb (Harper, $29.95)


1. Dewey, by Vicki Myron (Grand Central, $19.99)

2. American Lion, by Jon Meacham (Random

House, $30)

3. The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch (Hyperion, $21.95)

4. Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell (Little Brown, $27.99)

5. Hot, Flat, and Crowded, by Thomas L. Friedman (FSG, $27.95)


1. The Shack, by William P. Young (Windblown, $14.99)

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead, $16)

3. Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (Picador, $14)

4. Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan (Ballantine, $14)

5. The Brief Wondrous Life

of Oscar Wao, by Junot

Diaz (Riverhead, $14)


1. Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (Penguin, $15)

2. Dreams From My Father, by Barack Obama (Three Rivers, $14.95)

3. Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin (S&S, $21)

4. Marley & Me, by John Grogan (Harper, $13.95)

5. The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama (Three Rivers, $14.95)


1. The Appeal, by John Grisham (Dell, $7.99)

2. Marley & Me, by John Grogan (Harper, $7.99)

3. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, 4th Edition (Merriam-Webster, $7.50)

4. T is for Trespass, by Sue Grafton, (Berkley, $7.99)