Paperback Nonfiction 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. Heaven Is for Real

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

By Todd Burpo; Lynn Vincent; Colton Burpo

18 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

10 weeks on list

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


3. Life

By Keith Richards; James Fox

2 weeks on list

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


4. Just Kids

By Patti Smith

28 weeks on list

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


5. Born to Run

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

By Christopher Mcdougall

7 weeks on list

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


6. 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

11 weeks on list

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


7. Inside of a Dog

What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

By Alexandra Horowitz

33 weeks on list

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


8. F in Exams

The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

By Richard Benson

6 weeks on list

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


9. Empire of the Summer Moon

Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American Hist

By S. C. Gwynne

1 week on list

Paperback, 384pp, $16.00
Scribner
Pub Date: May. 10, 2011


10. Medium Raw

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

By Anthony Bourdain

2 weeks on list

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


11. Zeitoun

By Dave Eggers

48 weeks on list

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


12. The Big Short

Inside the Doomsday Machine

By Michael Lewis

15 weeks on list

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


13. Operation Mincemeat

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

By Ben Macintyre

5 weeks on list

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


14. The Sweet Life in Paris

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

By David Lebovitz

11 weeks on list

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


15. The Last Stand

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

By Nathaniel Philbrick

2 weeks on list

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

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