Paperback Fiction 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. The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

5 weeks on list

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


2. Water for Elephants

By Sara Gruen

119 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

7 weeks on list

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


4. Cutting for Stone

By Abraham Verghese

67 weeks on list

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


5. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

By Helen Simonson

23 weeks on list

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


6. The Postmistress

By Sarah Blake

14 weeks on list

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


7. The Art of Racing in the Rain

By Garth Stein

100 weeks on list

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


8. Little Bee

By Chris Cleave

64 weeks on list

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


9. Our Kind of Traitor

By John le Carre

2 weeks on list

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


10. The Imperfectionists

By Tom Rachman

18 weeks on list

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


11. Imperfect Birds

By Anne Lamott

5 weeks on list

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


12. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

By Jamie Ford

81 weeks on list

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


13. Island Beneath the Sea

By Isabel Allende

1 week on list

Paperback, 480pp, $14.99
Harper Perennial
Pub Date: May. 1, 2011


14. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

By Aimee Bender

3 weeks on list

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


15. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

By David Mitchell

9 weeks on list

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

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