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Paperback 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. Heaven Is for Real

A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

By Todd Burpo; Lynn Vincent; Colton Burpo

16 weeks on list

Paperback, 163pp, $16.99
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2010

2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot

8 weeks on list

Paperback, 400pp, $16.00
Pub Date: Mar. 8, 2011

3. Just Kids

By Patti Smith

26 weeks on list

Paperback, 320pp, $16.00
Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2010

4. Born to Run

A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

By Christopher Mcdougall

5 weeks on list

Paperback, 304pp, $15.95
Pub Date: Mar. 29, 2011

5. The Happiness Project

Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and

By Gretchen Rubin

9 weeks on list

Paperback, 336pp, $14.99
Harper Paperbacks
Pub Date: Mar. 1, 2011

6. F in Exams

The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

By Richard Benson

4 weeks on list

Paperback, 128pp, $9.95
Chronicle Books
Pub Date: Apr. 1, 2011

7. Inside of a Dog

What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

By Alexandra Horowitz

31 weeks on list

Paperback, 384pp, $16.00
Pub Date: Oct. 5, 2010

8. The Big Short

Inside the Doomsday Machine

By Michael Lewis

13 weeks on list

Paperback, 291pp, $15.95
W. W. Norton & Company
Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2011

9. Operation Mincemeat

How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

By Ben Macintyre

4 weeks on list

Paperback, 432pp, $15.00
Pub Date: Apr. 5, 2011

10. Zeitoun

By Dave Eggers

46 weeks on list

Paperback, 368pp, $15.95
Pub Date: Jun. 15, 2010

11. Super Natural Every Day

Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen

By Heidi Swanson

1 week on list

Paperback, 256pp, $23.00
Ten Speed Press
Pub Date: Apr. 5, 2011

12. The King's Speech

How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

By Mark Logue; Peter Conradi

14 weeks on list

Paperback, 256pp, $14.95
Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2010

13. What the Dog Saw

And Other Adventures

By Malcolm Gladwell

19 weeks on list

Paperback, 448pp, $16.99
Back Bay Books
Pub Date: Dec. 14, 2010

14. The Glass Castle

A Memoir

By Jeannette Walls

209 weeks on list

Paperback, 304pp, $15.00
Pub Date: Jan. 9, 2006

15. The Sweet Life in Paris

Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City

By David Lebovitz

9 weeks on list

Paperback, 304pp, $14.00
Pub Date: Mar. 1, 2011



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