Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers For March 17 In an unnamed Balkan country, a young medical student grieves for her late grandfather as she cares for the children of an orphanage in enemy territory. Intertwined with the myths of her grandfather's childhood, the story examines family legend, loss and love. The Tiger's Wife debuts at No. 1.
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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers For March 17

Compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association. This list reflects sales ending March 12.


1. The Tiger's Wife

By Tea Obreht

1 week on list

Hardcover, 352pp, $25.00
Random House
Pub Date: Mar. 8, 2011


2. The Paris Wife

By Paula Mclain

3 weeks on list

Hardcover, 336pp, $25.00
Ballantine Books
Pub Date: Feb. 22, 2011


3. Sing You Home

By Jodi Picoult

2 weeks on list

Hardcover, 480pp, $28.00
Atria
Pub Date: Mar. 1, 2011


4. The Wise Man's Fear

The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two

By Patrick Rothfuss

2 weeks on list

Hardcover, 1008pp, $29.95
DAW Hardcover
Pub Date: Mar. 1, 2011


5. A Discovery of Witches

By Deborah Harkness

5 weeks on list

Hardcover, 592pp, $28.95
Viking Adult
Pub Date: Feb. 8, 2011


6. Swamplandia!

By Karen Russell

6 weeks on list

Hardcover, 336pp, $24.95
Knopf
Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2011


7. Room

By Emma Donoghue

27 weeks on list

Hardcover, 336pp, $24.99
Little, Brown and Company
Pub Date: Sep. 1, 2010


8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

By Stieg Larsson

42 weeks on list

Hardcover, 576pp, $27.95
Knopf
Pub Date: May. 25, 2010


9. The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

Hardcover, 464pp, $24.95
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2009


10. When the Killing's Done

By T.C. Boyle

3 weeks on list

Hardcover, 384pp, $26.95
Viking Adult
Pub Date: Feb. 22, 2011


11. Minding Frankie

By Maeve Binchy

2 weeks on list

Hardcover, 400pp, $26.95
Knopf
Pub Date: Mar. 1, 2011


12. Freedom

By Jonathan Franzen

28 weeks on list

Hardcover, 576pp, $28.00
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pub Date: Aug. 31, 2010


13. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

A Modest Bestiary

By David Sedaris; Ian Falconer

24 weeks on list

Hardcover, 176pp, $21.99
Little, Brown and Company
Pub Date: Sep. 28, 2010


14. West of Here

By Jonathan Evison

5 weeks on list

Hardcover, 486pp, $24.95
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2011


15. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing

By Jasper Fforde

1 week on list

Hardcover, 384pp, $25.95
Viking Adult
Pub Date: Mar. 8, 2011