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Boston Globe bestsellers, May 15-May 22

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"The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: Throne of Fire," by Rick Riordan ties for first with "Caleb’s Crossing," by Geraldine Brooks in hardcover fiction.

Tina Fey's "Bossypants" continues to dominate hardcover nonfiction.

"The Help," by Kathryn Stockett regains the top spot in paperback fiction.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by Rebecca Skloot once again leads paperback nonfiction.

For full lists, see below.


Hardcover fiction

1. The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: Throne of Fire. (tie)
By Rick Riordan. Hyperion.

1. Caleb’s Crossing.
By Geraldine Brooks. Viking.

2. Dead Reckoning.
By Charlaine Harris. Ace.

3. The Paris Wife.
By Paula McLain. Ballantine.

4. Catching Fire.
By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic.

5. Sixkill.
By Robert B. Parker. Putnam.

6. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. (tie)
By Jeanne Birdsall. Knopf.

6. Tenth Anniversary.
By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Little, Brown.

6. Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party.
By Alexander McCall Smith. Pantheon.

7. The Tiger's Wife.
By Tea Obreht. Random House.

Hardcover nonfiction

1. Bossypants.
By Tina Fey. Reagan Arthur.

2. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me.
By Chelsea’s Family, Friends and Other Victims. Grand Central.

3. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?
By Steven Tyler. Ecco.

4. Hitman.
By Howie Carr. Forge.

5. In the Garden of Beasts.
By Erik Larson. Crown.

6. Lost in Shangri-La. (tie)
By Mitchell Zuckoff. Harper.

6. The Dukan Diet.
By Pierre Dukan. Crown Archetype.

7. Unbroken.
By Laura Hillenbrand. Random House.

8. Stop Saying You’re Fine.
By Mel Robbins. Crown Archetype.

9. Basketball Junkie.
By Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds. St. Martin’s.

Paperback fiction

1. The Help.
By Kathryn Stockett. Berkley.

2. A Visit from the Goon Squad.
By Jennifer Egan. Anchor.

3. Room.
By Emma Donoghue. Back Bay.

4. The Imperfectionists.
By Tom Rachman. Dial.

5. Hunger Games.
By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic.

6. Our Kind of Traitor.
By John le Carre. Penguin.

7. Cutting for Stone. (tie)
By Abraham Verghese. Vintage.

7. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.
By David Mitchell. Random House.

8. Water for Elephants.
By Sara Gruen. Algonquin.

9. The Barracks Thief.
By Tobias Wolff. Ecco.


Paperback nonfiction

1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
By Rebecca Skloot. Broadway.

2. The Happiness Project. (tie)
By Gretchen Rubin. Harper.

2. The Big Short.
By Michael Lewis. W. W. Norton.

3. Just Kids. (tie)
By Patti Smith. Ecco.

3. Heaven is for Real.
By Todd Burpo. Thomas Nelson.

4. Born to Run. (tie)
By Christopher McDougall. Vintage.

4. Life.
By Keith Richards and James Fox. Back Bay.

5. Drunkard’s Walk.
By Leonard Mlodinow. Vintage.

6. Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! (tie)
By Ralph Nader. Seven Stories.

6. Getting to Yes.
By Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton. Penguin.

Source: Boston-area bookstores.

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