Fresh off of celebrating America’s birthday, let’s take a look at what we’re reading across this vast country of ours. With sales of Dan Brown’s Inferno cooling off, and the debut of a couple of hot summer books, there’s a bit of diversity in the country’s reading list. Here are the top-selling books by region for the week ended June 30.

Northeast Inferno by Dan Brown
Middle Atlantic Second Honeymoon by James Patterson/Roughan
East North Central The Newcomer by Robyn Carr
West North Central The Newcomer by Robyn Carr
South Atlantic Second Honeymoon by Patterson/Roughan
South Central The Newcomer by Robyn Carr
Mountain Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
Pacific Inferno by Dan Brown

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