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Boston Globe Bestsellers: Dec. 5-Dec. 12

Posted by guest  December 10, 2010 12:19 PM

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"Luka and the Fire of Life " is the top seller in hardcover fiction.

"Cleopatra" prevailed over Keith Richards's "Life" in hardcover nonfiction.

"Cutting for Stone" stayed atop the paperback fiction list.

"Just Kids" remained the top paperback nonfiction seller.

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Hardcover Fiction

1. Luka and the Fire of Life
By Salman Rushdie. Random House.

2. Freedom
By Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

3. Moonlight Mile
By Dennis Lehane. William Morrow.

4. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk
By David Sedaris. Little, Brown.

5. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
By Stieg Larsson. Knopf.

6. An Object of Beauty
By Steve Martin. Grand Central.

7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
By Jeff Kinney. Amulet.

8. Port Mortuary
By Patricia Cornwell. Putnam.

9. Cross Fire
By James Patterson. Little, Brown.

10. Great House
By Nicole Krauss. W.W. Norton.


Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Cleopatra
By Stacy Schiff. Little, Brown.

2. Life
By Keith Richards. Little, Brown.

3. Unbroken
By Laura Hillenbrand. Random House.

4. Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
By Ina Garten. Clarkson Potter.

5. The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1
By Mark Twain. University of California.

6. Decision Points
By George W. Bush. Crown.

7. I Remember Nothing
By Nora Ephron. Knopf.

8. Guinness World Records 2011
By Guinness World Records. Guinness World Records.

9. Earth (The Book)
By Jon Stewart. Grand Central.

10. Decoded
By Jay-Z. Spiegel & Grau.


Paperback Fiction

1. Cutting for Stone
By Abraham Verghese. Vintage.

2. The Finkler Question
By Howard Jacobson. Bloomsbury.

3. Tinkers
By Paul Harding. Bellevue.

4. The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic.

5. The Girl Who Played with Fire
By Stieg Larsson. Vintage.

6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (tie)
By Stieg Larsson. Vintage.

6. Little Bee
By Chris Cleave. Simon & Schuster.

8. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (tie)
By Helen Simonson. Random House.

8. Half Broke Horses
By Jeannette Walls. Scribner.

10. The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho. HarperCollins.


Paperback Nonfiction

1. Just Kids
By Patti Smith. Ecco.

2. Inside of a Dog
By Alexandra Horowitz. Scribner.

3. Eat, Pray, Love
By Elizabeth Gilbert. Penguin.

4. Complications
By Atul Gawande. Picador.

5. The Cello Suites
By Eric Siblin. Atlantic.

6. I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell
By Tucker Max. Citadel.

7. Blink
By Malcolm Gladwell. Back Bay.

8. Where Men Win Glory (tie)
By Jon Krakauer. Anchor.

8. 127 Hours
By Aron Ralston. Pocket.

10. Stones into Schools
By Greg Mortenson. Penguin.

Source: Boston area bookstores.

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