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Local best-sellers


Last week’s best-selling books at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Jefferson Pointe:


1. “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith

2. “Mistress” by James Patterson

3. “Inferno” by Dan Brown

4. “The Third Kingdom” by Terry Goodkind

5. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

6. “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini

7. “The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon

8. “Rose Harbor in Bloom” by Debbie Macomber

9. “Night Film” by Marisha Pessl

10. “The English Girl” by Daniel Silva


1. “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring

the American Republic” by Mark R. Levin

2. “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”

by Reza Aslan

3. “StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath

4. “Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy

as the Duck Commander” by Phil Robertson

5. “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East”

by Scott Anderson

6. “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”

by Sheryl Sandberg

7. “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America’s Gilded

Capital” by Mark Leibovich

8. “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival,

Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand

9. “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” by David Sedaris

10. “These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie” by Christopher Andersen


1. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. “Orange is the New Black: My Year

in a Women’s Prison” by Piper Kerman

3. “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling

4. Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey

into the Afterlife by Dr. Eben Alexander III

5. “The Silent Wife” by A.S.A. Harrison

6. “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell

7. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James

8. “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel

9. “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman

10. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

by Stephen Chbosky