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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers For July 14

Compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association. This list reflects sales ending July 10.


1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot

18 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

26 weeks on list

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


3. Outliers

The Story of Success

By Malcolm Gladwell

5 weeks on list

Paperback, 336pp, $16.99
Back Bay Books
Pub Date: Jun. 7, 2011


4. 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

9 weeks on list

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


5. Born to Run

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

By Christopher McDougall

15 weeks on list

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


6. Just Kids

By Patti Smith

36 weeks on list

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


7. 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

19 weeks on list

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


8. Life

By Keith Richards; James Fox

10 weeks on list

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


9. Unlikely Friendships

47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

By Jennifer S. Holland

4 weeks on list

Paperback, 210pp, $13.95
Workman Publishing
Pub Date: Jun. 1, 2011


10. F in Exams

The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

By Richard Benson

14 weeks on list

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


11. Inside of a Dog

What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

By Alexandra Horowitz

41 weeks on list

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


12. The Wave

In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean

By Susan Casey

5 weeks on list

Paperback, 432pp, $15.95
Anchor
Pub Date: May. 31, 2011


13. The Devil in the White City

Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

By Erik Larson

197 weeks on list

Paperback, 464pp, $15.95
Vintage
Pub Date: Feb. 10, 2004


14. The Glass Castle

A Memoir

By Jeannette Walls

212 weeks on list

Paperback, 304pp, $15.00
Scribner
Pub Date: Jan. 9, 2006


15. Zeitoun

By Dave Eggers

53 weeks on list

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

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