Bestselling books the week of 5/6/10, according to IndieBound*

What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

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1. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
2. The Double Comfort Safari Club, by Alexander McCall Smith, Pantheon
3. Imperfect Birds, by Anne Lamott, Riverhead
4. Every Last One, by Anna Quindlen, Random House
5. Island Beneath the Sea, by Isabel Allende, Harper
6. This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George, Harper
7. Deliver Us From Evil, by David Baldacci, Grand Central
8. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson, Random House
9. Solar, by Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese
10. Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes, Atlantic Monthly
11. The 9th Judgment, by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, Little Brown
12. The God of the Hive, by Laurie R. King, Bantam
13. Beatrice and Virgil, by Yann Martel
14. Anthill, by E.O. Wilson, Norton
15. Lover Mine, by J.R. Ward, NAL

1. The Big Short, by Michael Lewis, Norton
2. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, by Chelsea Handler, Grand Central
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, Crown
4. Eaarth, by Bill McKibben, Times Books
5. The Bridge, by David Remnick, Knopf
6. Women Food and God, by Geneen Roth, Scribner
7. In the Green Kitchen, by Alice Waters, Clarkson Potter
8. Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, by Dave Isay (Ed.), Penguin Press
9. This Time Together, by Carol Burnett, Harmony
10. Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris, by Graham Robb, Norton
11. Oprah, by Kitty Kelley, Crown
12. Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall, Knopf
13. Lift, by Kelly Corrigan, Hyperion
14. Stones Into Schools, by Greg Mortenson, Viking
15. 13 Bankers, by Simon Johnson, James Kwak, Pantheon
17. Hellhound on His Trail, by Hampton Sides, Doubleday
An intense look at the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the search for his killer, by the bestselling author of "Ghost Soldiers."

1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, Vintage
2. Little Bee, by Chris Cleave, S&S
3. The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson, Vintage
4. Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese, Vintage
5. Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann, Random House
6. A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick, Algonquin
7. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, Europa Editions
8. Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout, Random House
9. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein, Harper
10. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford, Ballantine
11. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows, Dial
12. Savor the Moment, by Nora Roberts, Berkley
13. Sarah's Key, by Tatiana De Rosnay, St. Martin's Griffin
14. Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín, Scribner
15. Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See, Random House
23. Pygmy, by Chuck Palahniuk, Anchor
A darkly comic novel from the bestselling author of "Fight Club" and "Snuff" is now available in paperback.

1. Food Rules, by Michael Pollan, Penguin
2. Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin, Penguin
3. Shop Class as Soulcraft, by Matthew B. Crawford, Penguin
4. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, Penguin
5. The Girls From Ames, by Jeffrey Zaslow, Gotham
6. For You Mom, Finally, by Ruth Reichl, Penguin
7. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, by Rhoda Janzen, Holt
8. The Lost City of Z, by David Grann, Vintage
9. Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, by Chelsea Handler, Simon Spotlight
10. The Age of Wonder, by Richard Holmes, Vintage
11. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, by Nujood Ali, Three Rivers
12. Animals Make Us Human, by Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson, Mariner
13. The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, Penguin
14. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, Scribner
15. Einstein's God, by Krista Tippett, Penguin
25. The First Tycoon, by T.J. Stiles, Vintage
A powerful account of the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, Vintage
2. The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson, Vintage
3. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Warner
4. Gone Tomorrow, by Lee Child, Dell
5. Dead and Gone, by Charlaine Harris, Ace
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Warner
7. The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central
8. Borderline, by Nevada Barr, Berkley
9. Fatally Flaky, by Diane Mott Davidson, Avon
10. First Family, by David Baldacci, Vision

1. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary, by Jeff Kinney, Amulet
2. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, Knopf
3. The Carrie Diaries, by Candace Bushnell, Balzer & Bray
4. Savvy, by Ingrid Law, Puffin
5. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman, Speak
6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney (Illus.), Little Brown
7. Big Nate: In a Class by Himself, by Lincoln Peirce, Harper
8. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, Wendy Lamb
9. The Demigod Files, by Rick Riordan, Hyperion
10. Scat, by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf
11. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore, Graphia
12. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World... One Child at a Time, by Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin, Puffin
13. Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illus.), Puffin
14. Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow, Tor
15. The Clock Without a Face, by Gus Twintig, McSweeney's

1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (hardcover and paperback), by Rick Riordan, Miramax
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (hardcover and paperback), by Jeff Kinney, Amulet
3. House of Night (hardcover and paperback), by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, St. Martin's
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4. Magic Tree House (hardcover and paperback), by Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illus.), Random House
5. The 39 Clues (hardcover), by Gordon Korman, et al., Scholastic
6. The Hunger Games (hardover), by Suzanne Collins, Scholastic
7. How to Train Your Dragon (paperback), by Cressida Cowell, Little Brown
8. Ivy & Bean (hardcover and paperback), by Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illus.), Chronicle
9. Twilight (hardcover and paperback), by Stephenie Meyer, Little Brown
10. Harry Potter (hardcover and paperback), by J.K. Rowling, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books

*Published Thursday, May 6, 2010 (for the sales week ended Sunday, May 2, 2010). Based on reporting from many hundreds of independent bookstores across the United States. For information on more titles, please visit

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