Paperback Fiction 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. The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

4 weeks on list

Paperback, 544pp, $16.00
Berkley Trade
Pub Date: Apr. 5, 2011


2. Water for Elephants

By Sara Gruen

118 weeks on list

Paperback, 350pp, $14.95
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pub Date: Mar. 1, 2011


3. A Visit from the Goon Squad

By Jennifer Egan

6 weeks on list

Paperback, 352pp, $14.95
Anchor
Pub Date: Mar. 22, 2011


4. Cutting for Stone

By Abraham Verghese

66 weeks on list

Paperback, 688pp, $15.95
Vintage
Pub Date: Jan. 26, 2010


5. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

By Helen Simonson

22 weeks on list

Paperback, 384pp, $15.00
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pub Date: Nov. 30, 2010


6. The Imperfectionists

By Tom Rachman

17 weeks on list

Paperback, 304pp, $15.00
Dial Press Trade Paperback
Pub Date: Jan. 4, 2011


7. The Postmistress

By Sarah Blake

13 weeks on list

Paperback, 384pp, $15.00
Berkley Trade
Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2011


8. Imperfect Birds

By Anne Lamott

4 weeks on list

Paperback, 336pp, $15.00
Riverhead Trade
Pub Date: Apr. 5, 2011


9. Little Bee

By Chris Cleave

63 weeks on list

Paperback, 304pp, $15.00
Simon & Schuster
Pub Date: Feb. 16, 2010


10. Our Kind of Traitor

By John le Carre

1 week on list

Paperback, 320pp, $15.00
Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pub Date: Apr. 26, 2011


11. The Art of Racing in the Rain

By Garth Stein

99 weeks on list

Paperback, 336pp, $14.99
Harper Paperbacks
Pub Date: Jun. 1, 2009


12. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

By Aimee Bender

2 weeks on list

Paperback, 304pp, $15.00
Anchor
Pub Date: Apr. 19, 2011


13. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

By David Mitchell

8 weeks on list

Paperback, 512pp, $15.00
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pub Date: Mar. 8, 2011


14. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

By Jamie Ford

80 weeks on list

Paperback, 320pp, $15.00
Ballantine Books
Pub Date: Oct. 6, 2009


15. Tinkers

By Paul Harding

49 weeks on list

Paperback, 192pp, $14.95
Bellevue Literary Press
Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2009

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