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Hardcover Fiction
1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson, Knopf, $27.95 The stunning third and final novel in Larsson's best-selling Millennium Trilogy. (*11)
2. The Help
Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, $24.95. This wonderful debut set in the rural South of the 1960s is a February 2009 Indie Next List Great Read. (78)
3. Star Island
Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $26.95. Hiaasen's hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane. (2)



4. Super Sad True Love Story
Gary Shteyngart, Random House, $26. The new satiric novel by the author of Absurdistan is an August Indie Next List Great Read. (2)
5. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
David Mitchell, Random House, $26. 
The riveting new novel by the author of Cloud Atlas is a July Indie Next List Great Read. (6)
6. The Rembrandt Affair
Daniel Silva, Putnam, $26.95. Gabriel Allon, master art restorer and assassin, returns in Silva's latest thriller. (3)
7. The Cookbook Collector 
Allegra Goodman, Dial, $26.
The wonderful new novel by the author of Intuition is a July Indie Next List Great Read. (4)
8. Faithful Place 
Tana French, Viking, $25.95. The mesmerizing new novel by the bestselling author of The Likeness is the #1 July Indie Next List Great Read. (4)
9. The Red Queen- Debut 
Philippa Gregory, Touchstone, $25.99, 
The new Cousins' War novel by the bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl. (1)
10. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Aimee Bender, Doubleday, $25.95. Bender's memorable novel about a young girl with a magical gift is a June Indie Next List Great Read. (10)
*Number of weeks on the bestseller list.
Hardcover Non-fiction
1. Sh*t My Dad Says
Justin Halpern, It Books, $15.99. Halpern's hilarious and touching portrait of his relationship with his father. (13)
2. Medium Raw
Anthony Bourdain, Ecco, $26.99. Bourdain's eagerly awaited follow-up to Kitchen Confidential. (9)
3. The Big Short
Michael Lewis, Norton, $27.95. A highly entertaining look at the U.S. financial crisis by the bestselling author of Liar's Poker and Moneyball. (21)
4. Women Food and God
Geneen Roth, Scribner, $24. A penetrating and irreverent "guide for life" by the author of When Food Is Love. (20)
5. Empire of the Summer Moon
S.C. Gwynne, Scribner, $27.50. A vivid historical account of the 40-year battle between the Comanches and white settlers for control of the American West. (4)
6. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void- Debut
Mary Roach, Norton, $25.95. A very entertaining look at space travel by the bestselling author of Bonk. (1)
7. War
Sebastian Junger, Twelve, $26.99.Junger's riveting account of a U.S. platoon's 15-month tour of duty in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. (13)
8. Born to Run
Christopher McDougall, Knopf, $24.95. A look at the Tarahumara Indians and their practice of the lost art of distance running. (61)
9. Four Fish
Paul Greenberg, Penguin Press, $25.95. Greenberg examines the ways fish gets to our dinner tables and how to make sustainable seafood the rule rather than the exception. (2)
10. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.
Sam Wasson, Harper, $19.99. Wasson's fascinating look at Audrey Hepburn and the filming of Breakfast at Tiffany's. (2)
Source: American Booksellers Association.

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