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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers For May 5

Compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association. This list reflects sales ending May 1.


1. Bossypants

By Tina Fey

4 weeks on list

Hardcover, 288pp, $26.99
Reagan Arthur Books
Pub Date: Apr. 5, 2011


2. Unbroken

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

By Laura Hillenbrand

24 weeks on list

Hardcover, 496pp, $27.00
Random House
Pub Date: Nov. 16, 2010


3. The Social Animal

The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

By David Brooks

8 weeks on list

Hardcover, 448pp, $27.00
Random House
Pub Date: Mar. 8, 2011


4. 20 Years Younger

Look Younger, Feel Younger, Be Younger!

By Bob Greene; Harold A. Lancer; Ronald L. Kotler; Diane L. McKay

1 week on list

Hardcover, 320pp, $27.99
Little, Brown and Company
Pub Date: Apr. 26, 2011


5. Blood, Bones & Butter

The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

By Gabrielle Hamilton

9 weeks on list

Hardcover, 304pp, $26.00
Random House
Pub Date: Mar. 1, 2011


6. Love Wins

A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

By Rob Bell

6 weeks on list

Hardcover, 224pp, $22.99
HarperOne
Pub Date: Apr. 1, 2011


7. The Dukan Diet

2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever

By Pierre Dukan

2 weeks on list

Hardcover, 304pp, $26.00
Crown Archetype
Pub Date: Apr. 19, 2011


8. The Emperor of All Maladies

A Biography of Cancer

By Siddhartha Mukherjee

8 weeks on list

Hardcover, 592pp, $30.00
Scribner
Pub Date: Sep. 1, 2010


9. Stories I Only Tell My Friends

An Autobiography

By Rob Lowe

1 week on list

Hardcover, 320pp, $26.00
Henry Holt and Co.
Pub Date: Apr. 26, 2011


10. Malcolm X

A Life of Reinvention

By Manning Marable

4 weeks on list

Hardcover, 608pp, $30.00
Viking Adult
Pub Date: Apr. 4, 2011


11. The 17 Day Diet

A Doctor's Plan Designed for Rapid Results

By Dr. Mike Moreno

3 weeks on list

Hardcover, 256pp, $25.00
Free Press
Pub Date: Mar. 15, 2011


12. Wicked Bugs

The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects

By Amy Stewart

1 week on list

Hardcover, 288pp, $18.95
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pub Date: May. 1, 2011


13. Moonwalking with Einstein

The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

By Joshua Foer

8 weeks on list

Hardcover, 320pp, $26.95
Penguin Press HC, The
Pub Date: Mar. 3, 2011


14. 1861

The Civil War Awakening

By Adam Goodheart

1 week on list

Hardcover, 496pp, $28.95
Knopf
Pub Date: Apr. 5, 2011


15. The Best Advice I Ever Got

Lessons from Extraordinary Lives

By Katie Couric

3 weeks on list

Hardcover, 288pp, $26.00
Random House
Pub Date: Apr. 12, 2011