Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers For May 12

Compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association. This list reflects sales ending May 8.


1. Bossypants

By Tina Fey

5 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

25 weeks on list

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


3. A Singular Woman

The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother

By Janny Scott

1 week on list

Hardcover, 384pp, $26.95
Riverhead Hardcover
Pub Date: May. 3, 2011


4. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

By Steven Tyler

1 week on list

Hardcover, 400pp, $27.99
Ecco
Pub Date: May. 3, 2011


5. The Social Animal

The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

By David Brooks

9 weeks on list

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


6. Stories I Only Tell My Friends

An Autobiography

By Rob Lowe

2 weeks on list

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


7. The Dukan Diet

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

By Pierre Dukan

3 weeks on list

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


8. If You Ask Me

(And of Course You Won't)

By Betty White

1 week on list

Hardcover, 272pp, $25.95
Putnam Adult
Pub Date: May. 3, 2011


9. Blood, Bones & Butter

The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

By Gabrielle Hamilton

10 weeks on list

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


10. Cleopatra

A Life

By Stacy Schiff

26 weeks on list

Hardcover, 384pp, $29.99
Little, Brown and Company
Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2010


11. Wicked Bugs

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

By Amy Stewart

2 weeks on list

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


12. Lost in Shangri-La

A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

By Mitchell Zuckoff

1 week on list

Hardcover, 400pp, $26.99
Harper
Pub Date: May. 1, 2011


13. 20 Years Younger

Look Younger, Feel Younger, Be Younger!

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

2 weeks on list

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


14. The Best Advice I Ever Got

Lessons from Extraordinary Lives

By Katie Couric

4 weeks on list

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


15. My Father's Daughter

Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness

By Gwyneth Paltrow; Mario Batali

2 weeks on list

Hardcover, 272pp, $30.00
Grand Central Life & Style
Pub Date: Apr. 1, 2011

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