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Boston Globe bestsellers Dec. 26-Jan. 2

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David Sedaris leads the hardcover fiction list with "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk,'' replacing Jonathan Franzen's ''Freedom.''

"Cleopatra" by Stacy Schiff still reigns in hardcover nonfiction.

"Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese stays on top of the paperback fiction list.

Patti Smith's "Just Kids" replaces Alexandra Horowitz's "Inside of a Dog" in paperback nonfiction.

For the full lists, see below.

Hardcover fiction

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

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

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

4. The Help
By Kathryn Stockett. Putnam.

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

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

7. The Confession
By John Grisham. Doubleday.

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

9. Room (tie)
By Emma Donoghue. Little, Brown.

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

Hardcover nonfiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. The Warmth of Other Suns
By Isabel Wilkerson. Random House.

8. I Remember Nothing (tie)
By Nora Ephron. Knopf.

8. Decoded
By Jay-Z. Spiegel & Grau.

8. At Home
By Bill Bryson. Doubleday.


Paperback fiction

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

2. Little Bee
By Chris Cleave. Simon & Schuster.

3. Tinkers
By Paul Harding. Bellevue.

4. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
By Helen Simonson. Random House.

5. The Best American Short Stories 2010
Edited by Richard Russo. Mariner.

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

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

8. The Art of Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein. Harper.

9. House Rules
By Jodi Picoult. Washington Square.

10. The Girl who Played with Fire
By Stieg Larsson. Vintage.


Paperback nonfiction

1. Just Kids
By Patti Smith. Ecco.

2. What the Dog Saw
By Malcolm Gladwell. Back Bay.

3. The Book of Basketball
By Bill Simmons. ESPN.

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

5. Where Men Win Glory
By Jon Krakauer. Anchor.

6. Eat, Pray, Love (tie)
By Elizabeth Gilbert. Penguin.

6. Zeitoun
By Dave Eggers. Vintage.

8. 100 Things Celtics Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
By Donald Hubbard. Triumph.

9. The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2011 (tie)
By Old Farmer’s Almanac. OFA.

9. Freakonomics
By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Harper Perennial.


Source: Boston-area bookstores


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