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Boston Globe bestsellers, April 17-April 24

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"The Pale King," by the late David Foster Wallace, tops hardcover fiction this week.

Tina Fey's "Bossypants" holds onto the No. 1 spot for another week in hardcover nonfiction.

"The Help," by Kathryn Stockett, leads paperback fiction.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by Rebecca Skloot, continues at the top of our paperback nonfiction list.

For full lists, see below.

Hardcover fiction

1. The Pale King.
By David Foster Wallace. Little, Brown.

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

3. Drawing Conclusions.
By Donna Leon. Atlantic Monthly.

4. The Love of My Youth. (tie)
By Mary Gordon. Pantheon.

4. Mockingjay.
By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic.

5. The Fifth Witness. (tie)
By Michael Connelly. Little, Brown.

5. The Girl Who Kick the Hornet’s Nest.
By Stieg Larsson. Knopf.

6. Chasing Fire.
By Nora Roberts. Putnam.

7. Red on Red. (tie)
By Edward Conlon. Spiegel & Grau.

7. The Troubled Man.
By Henning Mankell. Knopf.

Hardcover nonfiction

1. Bossypants.
By Tina Fey. Reagan Arthur.

2. Reason to Believe.
By Governor Deval Patrick. Broadway.

3. Unbroken.
By Laura Hillenbrand. Random House.

4. Knuckler.
By Tim Wakefield and Tony Massarotti. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

5. The Best Advice I Ever Got. (tie)
By Katie Couric. Random House.

5. The Grace to Race.
By Sister Madonna Buder and Karin Evans. Simon & Schuster.

5. The Social Animal.
By David Brooks. Random House.

6. The 17 Day Diet.
By Mike Moreno. Free Press.

7. Townie.
By Andre Dubus III. W. W. Norton & Company.

8. A Covert Affair.
By Jennet Conant. Simon & Schuster.

Paperback fiction

1. The Help.
By Kathryn Stockett. Berkley.

2. Cutting for Stone.
By Abraham Verghese. Vintage.

3. The Imperfectionists.
By Tom Rachman. Dial.

4. Hunger Games.
By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic.

5. A Visit from the Goon Squad. (tie)
By Jennifer Egan. Anchor.

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

6. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. (tie)
By Helen Simonson. Random House.

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

7. The Island. (tie)
By Elin Hilderbrand. Reagan Arthur/Back Bay.

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

Paperback nonfiction

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

2. Just Kids.
By Patti Smith. Ecco.

3. Born to Run.
By Christopher McDougall. Vintage.

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

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

6. The Happiness Project.
By Gretchen Rubin. Harper.

7. Super Natural Every Day.
By Heidi Swanson. Ten Speed.

8. What the Dog Saw.
By Malcolm Gladwell. Back Bay.

9. We Go As Captives. (tie)
By Neil Goodwin. Vermont Historical Society.

9. Boston’s Gardens and Green Spaces.
By Meg Muckenhoupt. Union Park.

Source: Boston-area bookstores

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