The Mountains and Plains Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound and MPIBA, for the week ended Sunday, December 6, 2020. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound. Find an independent bookseller in the MPIBA region here.


Hardcover Fiction


1. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Riverhead Books, $27, 9780525536291

2. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline, Ballantine, $28.99, 9781524761332

3. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, Knopf, $26.95, 9780525657606

4. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, Tor, $26.99, 9780765387561

5. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Del Rey, $27, 9780525620785

6. A Time for Mercy by John Grisham, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385545969

7. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, Atria, $28, 9781501160837

8. Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson, Tor, $34.99, 9780765326386

9. The Searcher by Tana French, Viking, $27, 9780735224650

10. Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley, Knopf, $26.95, 9780525520351

11. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, Viking, $26, 9780525559474

12. Deacon King Kong by James McBride, Riverhead Books, $28, 9780735216723

13. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Hanover Square Press, $19.99, 9781335430991

14. Memorial by Bryan Washington, Riverhead Books, $27, 9780593087275

15. Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz, Harper, $28.99, 9780062955456


Hardcover Nonfiction


1. A Promised Land by Barack Obama, Crown, $45, 9781524763169

2. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy, HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062976581

3. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, Random House, $32, 9780593230251

4. The Best of Me by David Sedaris, Little, Brown, $30, 9780316628242

5. Untamed by Glennon Doyle, The Dial Press, $28, 9781984801258

6. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey, Crown, $30, 9780593139134

7. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, Crown, $32, 9780385348713

8. World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Fumi Nakamura (Illus.), Milkweed Editions, $25, 9781571313652

9. Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld, S&S, $35, 9781982112691

10. Breath by James Nestor, Riverhead Books, $28, 9780735213616

11. What It’s Like to Be a Bird by David Allen Sibley, Knopf, $35, 9780307957894

12. Dolly Parton, Songteller by Dolly Parton, Robert K. Oermann, Chronicle Books, $50, 9781797205090

13. The Reign of Wolf 21: The Saga of Yellowstone’s Legendary Druid Pack by Rick McIntyre, Greystone Books, $26.95, 9781771645249

14. Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May, Riverhead Books, $24, 9780593189481

15. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $35, 9781571311771


Trade Paperback Fiction


1. Home Body by Rupi Kaur, Andrews McMeel, $16.99, 9781449486808

2. The Overstory by Richard Powers, Norton, $18.95, 9780393356687

3. Circe by Madeline Miller, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316556323

4. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, Grove Press, $17, 9780802148506

5. Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, Vintage, $16, 9780307948472

6. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $18, 9780399590610

7. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Ecco, $16.99, 9780062060624

8. Devotions by Mary Oliver, Penguin, $20, 9780399563263

9. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, Atria, $17, 9781476749303

10. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, Norton, $15.95, 9780393356182

11. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143110439

12. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Tordotcom, $17.99, 9781250313188

13. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Broadway, $16, 9780804190138

14. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, Anchor, $15.95, 9780345804341

15. Normal People by Sally Rooney, Hogarth, $17, 9781984822185


Trade Paperback Nonfiction


1. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $18, 9781571313560

2. My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, S&S, $18, 9781501145254

3. What Unites Us by Dan Rather, Elliot Kirschner, Algonquin Books, $16.95, 9781616209940

4. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, Vintage, $17.95, 9780679763888

5. Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind (Vol. 1) by Yuval Noah Harari, Harper Perennial, $25.99, 9780063051331

6. The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival by Steven Rinella, Random House, $25, 9780593129692

7. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, One World, $18, 9780399588198

8. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, Harper Perennial, $24.99, 9780062316110

9. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, Beacon Press, $16, 9780807047415

10. Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston, Norton, $15.95, 9780393357660

11. Honest Advent: Awakening to the Wonder of God-With-Us Then, Here, and Now by Scott Erickson, Zondervan, $18.99, 9780310361879

12. The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris, Penguin, $18, 9780525560739

13. The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, Liveright, $17.95, 9781631494536

14. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery, Atria, $16.99, 9781451697728

15. Little Weirds by Jenny Slate, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316485364


Mass Market


1. Dune by Frank Herbert, Ace, $10.99, 9780441172719

2. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert, Ace, $9.99, 9780593098233

3. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $9.99, 9780756407919

4. The Bitterroots by C.J. Box, Minotaur, $9.99, 9781250051073

5. The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman, Harper, $9.99, 9780062391964

6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $9.99, 9780756404741

7. Children of Dune by Frank Herbert, Ace, $9.99, 9780593098240

8. Open Season by C.J. Box, Putnam, $9.99, 9780399576607

9. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski, Orbit, $8.99, 9780316029193

10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Dell, $9.99, 9780553393699


Children’s Illustrated


1. Cozy by Jan Brett, G.P. Putnam’s Sons (BYR), $18.99, 9780593109793

2. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, HMH Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9780544580145

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, Random House Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 9780394800790

4. Bunheads by Misty Copeland, Setor Fiadzigbey (Illus.), G.P. Putnam’s Sons (BYR), $17.99, 9780399547645

5. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Viking Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9780670012701

6. If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall, Chronicle Books, $18.99, 9781452137797

7. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803736801

8. Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illus.), Kokila, $8.99, 9780593110508

9. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617

10. What We’ll Build: Plans For Our Together Future by Oliver Jeffers, Philomel Books, $19.99, 9780593206751


Children’s Interest


1. Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338712766

2. The Ickabog by J K. Rowling, Scholastic, $26.99, 9781338732870

3. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780061992278

4. The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 9780316539531

5. Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illus.), Algonquin Young Readers, $18.95, 9781643750057

6. Twins by Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright (Illus.), Graphix, $12.99, 9781338236132

7. The Cousins by Karen M. McManus, Delacorte Press, $19.99, 9780525708001

8. A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry, Lindsay Moore (Illus.), Greenwillow Books, $17.99, 9780062995926

9. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, Swoon Reads, $17.99, 9781250250469

10. This Is Your Time by Ruby Bridges, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, $15.99, 9780593378526


Children’s Series Titles


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney, Abrams, $14.99, 9781419748684

2. Dog Man: Grime and Punishment by Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338535624

3. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9780545581608

4. A Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes, #4) by Sabaa Tahir, Razorbill, $19.99, 9780448494531

5. The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illus.), Candlewick, $6.99, 9780763678883

6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: MinaLima Edition by J.K. Rowling, MinaLima Design (Illus.), Scholastic, $37.99, 9781338596700

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427

8. Blades of Freedom (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, #10) by Nathan Hale, Amulet Books, $13.99, 9781419746918

9. Midnight Sun (Twilight) by Stephenie Meyer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $27.99, 9780316707046

10. The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo, Book Five) by Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $19.99, 9781484746455