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Boston Globe bestsellers, May 1-May 8

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"The Tiger's Wife," by Tea Obreit, nudges David Foster Wallace's "The Pale King" out of the number one slot this week in hardcover fiction.

Tina Fey's "Bossypants" continues to lead hardcover nonfiction.

"The Help," by Kathryn Stockett once again tops paperback fiction.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by Rebecca Skloot, keeps on trouncing the competition in paperback nonfiction.

For full lists, see below.

Hardcover fiction

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

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

3. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party.
By Alexander McCall Smith. Pantheon.

4. The Paris Wife. (tie)
By Paula McLain. Ballantine.

4. Catching Fire.
By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic.

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

5. Mockingjay.
By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic.

6. The Sixth Man.
By David Baldacci. Grand Central.

7. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
By Stieg Larsson. Knopf.

8. The Fifth Witness.
By Michael Connelly. Little, Brown.

Hardcover nonfiction

1. Bossypants.
By Tina Fey. Reagan Arthur.

2. Hitman.
By Howie Carr. Forge.

3. Unbroken.
By Laura Hillenbrand. Random House.

4. 1861.
By Adam Goodheart. Knopf.

5. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.
By Manning Marable. Viking.

6. Stories I Only Tell My Friends.
By Rob Lowe. Henry Holt and Co.

7. The Emperor of All Maladies. (tie)
By Siddhartha Mukherjee. Scribner.

7. Reading My Father.
By Alexandra Styron. Scribner.

8. 20 Years Younger.
By Bob Greene. Little, Brown.

9. A Secret Gift.
By Ted Gup. Penguin.

Paperback fiction

1. The Help.
By Kathryn Stockett. Berkley.

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

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

4. Hunger Games.
By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic.

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

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

7. The Imperfectionists. (tie)
By Tom Rachman. Dial.

7. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.
By David Mitchell. Random House.

8. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.
By Helen Simonson. Random House.

9. Our Kind of Traitor.
By John le Carre. Penguin.

Paperback nonfiction

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

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

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

4. Just Kids.
By Patti Smith. Ecco.

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

6. The Happiness Project. (tie)
By Gretchen Rubin. Harper.

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

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

8. 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business. (tie)
By Jane Applegate. Bloomberg.

8. Nomad.
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Free Press.

Source: Boston-area bookstores.

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