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Boston Globe bestsellers, Feb. 13-Feb. 20

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Karen Russell's "Swamplandia!" nabs the top spot in hardcover fiction this week.

"Cleopatra," by Stacy Schiff regains the lead in hardcover nonfiction.

Tom Rachman's "The Imperfectionists" leads paperback fiction.

"Just Kids," by Patti Smith, moves back to the top of paperback nonfiction.

For full lists, see below.

Hardcover fiction

1. Swamplandia!
By Karen Russell. Knopf.

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

3. A Discovery of Witches
By Deborah E. Harkness. Viking.

4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
By Stieg Larsson. Knopf.

5.Tick Tock
By James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. Little, Brown.

6. Catching Fire
By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic.

7. Room (tie)
By Emma Donoghue. Little, Brown.

7. Lord of Misrule
By Jaimy Gordon. McPherson.

8. The Red Garden
By Alice Hoffman. Crown.

9. The Storyteller of Marrakesh
By Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya. W. W. Norton.

Hardcover nonfiction

1. Cleopatra
By Stacy Schiff. Little, Brown.

2. Unbroken
By Laura Hillenbrand. Random House.

3. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
By Amy Chua. Penguin.

4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot. Crown.

5. Who's Got Your Back
By Keith Ferrazzi. Crown.

6. Never Eat Alone (tie)
By Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz. Crown.

6. The Hidden Reality
By Brian Greene. Knopf.

7. Decoded
By Jay-Z. Spiegel & Grau.

8. The Presumption of Guilt
By Charles Ogletree. Palgrave Macmillan.

9. Known and Unknown
By Donald Rumsfeld. Sentinel.

Paperback fiction

1. The Imperfectionists
By Tom Rachman. Dial.

2. Cutting for Stone
By Abraham Verghese. Vintage.

3. Little Bee
By Chris Cleave. Simon & Schuster.

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
By Stieg Larsson. Vintage.

5. Postmistress
By Sarah Blake. Berkley.

6. Tinkers
By Paul Harding. Bellevue.

7. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (tie)
By Helen Simonson. Random House.

7. The Three Weissmanns of Westport
By Cathleen Schine. Picador.

8. Lyddie
By Katherine Paterson. Puffin.

9. Fever 1793
By Laurie Halse Anderson. Simon & Schuster.

Paperback nonfiction

1. Just Kids
By Patti Smith. Ecco.

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

3. Committed
By Elizabeth Gilbert. Penguin.

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

4. Stuff
By Prof. Gail Steketee Ph.D. and Prof. Randy Frost. Ph.D. Mariner.

4. The King's Speech
By Mark Logue and Peter Conradi. Sterling.

4. Freakonomics
By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Harper Perennial.

5. What the Dog Saw (tie)
By Malcolm Gladwell. Back Bay.

5. The Checklist Manifesto
By Atul Gawande. Picador.

6. Inside of a Dog
By Alexandra Horowitz. Scribner.

Source: Boston-area bookstores.

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