For the second straight week, State of Wonder by Ann Patchett tops the latest hardcover bestseller fiction list from IndieBound, released yesterday. In the novel a research scientist from a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, Dr. Marina Singh, sets out deep into the Amazon jungle on a quest to find her former mentor, who seems to have all but disappeared there while working on a valuable new drug.
Patchett tells IndieBound in a new interview, I wanted to write a book about an adult student finding her most important teacher again many years after the fact. The teacher has had a profound impact on the student's life, and yet that teacher doesn't remember the student at all.
State of Wonder (368 pages, $26.99) was published by Harper on June 7.
Here are the other books in the top 10 on the list, which is based on sales from hundreds of independent bookstores across the nation for the week ending June 19:
2) The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
3) Caleb's Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks
4) The Tiger's Wife, by Tea Obreht
5) Against All Enemies, by Tom Clancy
6) The Snowman, by Jo Nesbø
7) Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan
8) Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See
9) Carte Blanche, by Jeffrey Deaver
10) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson
Returning to the top spot on the hardcover nonfiction list after a week at #2 is In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, a novel by Erik Larson. It is set in 1933, as a mild-mannered professor from Chicago becomes the American ambassador to Hitler's Germany. Hitler became chancellor in that year. Crown published the 464-page novel, which costs $26, on May 10.
Dropping to second is The Greater Journey, historian David McCullough's recounting of Americans in Paris in an overlooked period, between 1830 and 1900.
Here are the other bestsellers from the list:
3) Go the F--- to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach
4) Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
5) Bossypants, by Tina Fey
6) Seal Team Six, by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
7) The Social Animal, by David Brooks
9) Sh*t My Day Says, by Justin Halpern
10) Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
For more, go to the IndieBound website.