Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers For May 26 In a graphic account of the brutality of war, journalist Sebastian Junger chronicles the 15-month tour of duty of a U.S. army platoon in Afghanistan. Embedded with the troops, Junger offers on-the-ground insight into the camaraderie and bravery of soldiers. War debuts at No. 12.
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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers For May 26

Compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association. This list reflects sales ending May 22.

1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot

11 weeks on list

Paperback, 400pp, $16.00
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

19 weeks on list

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

3. 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

2 weeks on list

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

4. Just Kids

By Patti Smith

29 weeks on list

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

5. Life

By Keith Richards; James Fox

3 weeks on list

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

6. Born to Run

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

By Christopher Mcdougall

8 weeks on list

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

7. F in Exams

The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

By Richard Benson

7 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

34 weeks on list

Paperback, 384pp, $16.00
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

12 weeks on list

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

10. Medium Raw

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

By Anthony Bourdain

3 weeks on list

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

11. The Big Short

Inside the Doomsday Machine

By Michael Lewis

16 weeks on list

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

12. Zeitoun

By Dave Eggers

49 weeks on list

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

13. Operation Mincemeat

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

By Ben Macintyre

6 weeks on list

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

14. The Devil in the White City

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

By Erik Larson

192 weeks on list

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

15. WAR

By Sebastian Junger

1 week on list

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