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Boston Globe bestsellers, April 24-May 1

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"The Pale King," by David Foster Wallace, holds onto the No. 1 spot in hardcover fiction.

Tina Fey's "Bossypants" also maintains its lead on the hardcover nonfiction list.

"The Help," by Kathryn Stockett and "A Visit from the Goon Squad," by Jennifer Egan, tie for first in paperback fiction.

Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" continues to dominate in paperback nonfiction.

For full lists, see below.

Hardcover fiction

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

2. The Sixth Man. (tie)
By David Baldacci. Grand Central.

2. A Lesson in Secrets.
By Jecqueline Winspear. Harper.

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

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

4. Catching Fire.
By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic.

5. Midnight and the Meaning of Love.
By Sister Souljah. Atria.

6. The Love of My Youth.
By Mary Gordon. Pantheon.

7. Dogs. (tie)
By Abigail DeWitt. Lorimer.

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

Hardcover nonfiction

1. Bossypants.
By Tina Fey. Reagan Arthur.

2. The Dukan Diet.
By Dr. Pierre Dukan. Crown Archetype.

3. The Emperor of All Maladies.
By Siddhartha Mukherjee. Scribner.

4. Unbroken.
By Laura Hillenbrand. Random House.

5. 1861.
By Adam Goodheart. Knopf.

6. Jerusalem, Jerusalem. (tie)
By James Carroll. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

6. She Walks in Beauty.
By Caroline Kennedy. Voice.

7. A Place of Yes.
By Bethenny Frankel with Eve Adamson. Touchstone.

8. The Corner Office. (tie)
By Adam Bryant. Times.

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

Paperback fiction

1. The Help. (tie)
By Kathryn Stockett. Berkley.

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

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

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

3. The Imperfectionists.
By Tom Rachman. Dial.

4. Hunger Games.
By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic.

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

6. Game of Thrones.
By George R.R. Martin. Bantam.

7. Heart of the Matter. (tie)
By Emily Giffin. St. Martin’s Griffin.

7. The Postmistress.
By Sarah Blake. Amy Einhorn.

Paperback nonfiction

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

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

3. Just Kids.
By Patti Smith. Ecco.

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

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

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

7. Blink.
By Malcolm Gladwell. Back Bay.

8. Knowing Jesse. (tie)
By Marianne Leone. Simon & Schuster.

8. The Best of It.
By Kay Ryan. Grove Press.

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

Source: Boston-area bookstores.

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