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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers For June 9

Compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association. This list reflects sales ending June 5.


1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot

13 weeks on list

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


2. Heaven Is for Real

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

By Todd Burpo; Lynn Vincent; Colton Burpo

21 weeks on list

Paperback, 163pp, $16.99
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2010


3. Life

By Keith Richards; James Fox

5 weeks on list

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


4. Born to Run

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

By Christopher Mcdougall

10 weeks on list

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


5. Just Kids

By Patti Smith

31 weeks on list

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


6. Empire of the Summer Moon

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

By S. C. Gwynne

4 weeks on list

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


7. F in Exams

The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

By Richard Benson

9 weeks on list

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


8. Inside of a Dog

What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

By Alexandra Horowitz

36 weeks on list

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


9. 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

14 weeks on list

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


10. Zeitoun

By Dave Eggers

50 weeks on list

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


11. Medium Raw

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

By Anthony Bourdain

5 weeks on list

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


12. The Big Short

Inside the Doomsday Machine

By Michael Lewis

18 weeks on list

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


13. WAR

By Sebastian Junger

3 weeks on list

Paperback, 320pp, $15.99
Twelve
Pub Date: May. 17, 2011


14. Four Fish

The Future of the Last Wild Food

By Paul Greenberg

1 week on list

Paperback, 304pp, $16.00
Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pub Date: May. 31, 2011


15. The Tiger

A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

By John Vaillant

1 week on list

Paperback, 352pp, $15.00
Vintage
Pub Date: May. 3, 2011

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