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Paperback Fiction Bestsellers For May 19

Compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association. This list reflects sales ending May 15.


1. The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

6 weeks on list

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


2. A Visit from the Goon Squad

By Jennifer Egan

8 weeks on list

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


3. Water for Elephants

By Sara Gruen

120 weeks on list

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


4. Cutting for Stone

By Abraham Verghese

68 weeks on list

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


5. Room

By Emma Donoghue

1 week on list

Paperback, 352pp, $14.99
Back Bay Books
Pub Date: Jun. 1, 2011


6. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

By Helen Simonson

24 weeks on list

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


7. The Imperfectionists

By Tom Rachman

19 weeks on list

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


8. The Postmistress

By Sarah Blake

15 weeks on list

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


9. Little Bee

By Chris Cleave

65 weeks on list

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


10. Our Kind of Traitor

By John le Carre

3 weeks on list

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


11. Super Sad True Love Story

By Gary Shteyngart

1 week on list

Paperback, 352pp, $15.00
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pub Date: May. 3, 2011


12. The Art of Racing in the Rain

By Garth Stein

101 weeks on list

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


13. Matterhorn

A Novel of the Vietnam War

By Karl Marlantes

1 week on list

Paperback, 608pp, $15.95
Grove Press
Pub Date: May. 10, 2011


14. Island Beneath the Sea

By Isabel Allende

2 weeks on list

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


15. Imperfect Birds

By Anne Lamott

6 weeks on list

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

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