Rankings for books sold in print and electronic formats for the week ended April 30, according to the New York Times. (Advice list is print sales only.)
1. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen) A veterinary student and an elephant save a Depression-era circus.
2. Something Borrowed (Emily Giffin) Maid of honor turns 30, stops playing by the rules.
3. The Sixth Man (David Baldacci) Alleged serial killer's lawyer is murdered; two former Secret Service agents are on the case.
4. The Help (Kathryn Stockett) White socialite and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi.
5. A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin) In frozen wastes north of Winterfell, sinister supernatural forces are mustering.
1. Heaven Is for Real (Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent) A father recounts his 3-year-old son's encounter with Jesus.
2. Bossypants (Tina Fey) Memoir by former Saturday Night Live star, creator of 30 Rock.
3. Stories I Only Tell My Friends (Rob Lowe) Actor charts his professional, personal path.
4. Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand) An Olympic runner's story of survival as a prisoner in World War II.
5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot) Story of a woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission.
Advice, how-to, miscellaneous
1. The Dukan Diet (Pierre Dukan) Program rejects calorie counting, assigns protein a major role.
2. The 17 Day Diet (Mike Moreno) Cycles designed to work with metabolism.
3. Love Wins (Rob Bell) Pastor's views on heaven, hell and salvation.
4. My Father's Daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow) The actor's easy recipes honoring family and togetherness.
5. The Best Advice I Ever Got (Katie Couric) The news anchor shares lessons learned from other famous people.
Florida Independent Bookseller List
(From week ending April 30, from Book Mark in Neptune Beach, Inkwood Books in Tampa, Vero Beach Book Center, and Books & Books in Coral Gables, Miami Beach and Bal Harbour)
1. The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
2. The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)
3. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
4. Bringing Adam Home (Les Standiford and Joe Matthews)
5. The Sixth Man (David Baldacci)