Paperback 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. Heaven Is for Real

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

By Todd Burpo; Lynn Vincent; Colton Burpo

17 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

9 weeks on list

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


3. Just Kids

By Patti Smith

27 weeks on list

Paperback, 320pp, $16.00
Ecco
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

6 weeks on list

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


5. Inside of a Dog

What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

By Alexandra Horowitz

32 weeks on list

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


6. Life

By Keith Richards; James Fox

1 week on list

Paperback, 576pp, $16.99
Back Bay Books
Pub Date: May. 3, 2011


7. F in Exams

The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

By Richard Benson

5 weeks on list

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


8. The Happiness Project

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

By Gretchen Rubin

10 weeks on list

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


9. Medium Raw

A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

By Anthony Bourdain

1 week on list

Paperback, 320pp, $15.99
Ecco
Pub Date: May. 1, 2011


10. Super Natural Every Day

Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen

By Heidi Swanson

2 weeks on list

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


11. The Last Stand

Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

By Nathaniel Philbrick

1 week on list

Paperback, 496pp, $18.00
Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pub Date: Apr. 26, 2011


12. Zeitoun

By Dave Eggers

47 weeks on list

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


13. The Big Short

Inside the Doomsday Machine

By Michael Lewis

14 weeks on list

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


14. The Glass Castle

A Memoir

By Jeannette Walls

210 weeks on list

Paperback, 304pp, $15.00
Scribner
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

10 weeks on list

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

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