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—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82) American writer, best-known 19th century poet in US, The Song of Hiawatha

 

Paperback Fiction Best Sellers (Book Sense)

Life of Pi 
by Yann Martel (Mariner, ISBN: 9780547848419); Last week: 1; Weeks on List: 5 "Martel's beloved 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel is now a major motion picture." 
Cloud Atlas 
by David Mitchell (Random House, ISBN: 9780812984415); Last week: 2; Weeks on List: 6 "The dazzling third novel by the author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is now a major motion picture." 
Wolf Hall 
by Hilary Mantel (Picador, ISBN: 9780312429980); Last week: 7; Weeks on List: 28 "The winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize is now available in paperback." 
The Paris Wife 
by Paula McLain (Ballantine, ISBN: 9780345521316); Weeks on List: 1 "McLain's richly rewarding novel about the marriage of Ernest and Hadley Richardson Hemingway." 
The Sense of an Ending 
by Julian Barnes (Vintage, ISBN: 9780307947727); Last week: 4; Weeks on List: 26 "In this novel by the author of Pulse, a middle-aged man contends with a past he has never much thought about." 
The Night Circus 
by Erin Morgenstern (Anchor, ISBN: 9780307744432); Last week: 6; Weeks on List: 21 "Morgenstern's spell-casting debut novel about a mysterious circus and a duel between two young magicians." 
Fifty Shades of Grey 
by E.L. James (Vintage, ISBN: 9780345803481); Last week: 5; Weeks on List: 34 "The first novel in James' erotic, amusing, and deeply moving trilogy." 
State of Wonder 
by Ann Patchett (Harper Perennial, ISBN: 9780062049810); Last week: 8; Weeks on List: 29 "A provocative novel set deep in the Amazon jungle, by the author of Bel Canto." 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 
by Stephen Chbosky (MTV Books, ISBN: 9781451696196); Last week: 3; Weeks on List: 10 "Chbosky's powerful novel of the wild and poignant days of adolescence is now a major motion picture." 
The Snow Child 
by Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books, ISBN: 9780316175661); Last week: 10; Weeks on List: 4 "Ivey's touching novel is set in the Alaskan wilderness of the 1920s." 
The Language of Flowers 
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Ballantine, ISBN: 9780345525550); Last week: 12; Weeks on List: 34 "Diffenbaugh's beautiful debut novel about a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others." 
Rules of Civility 
by Amor Towles (Penguin, ISBN: 9780143121169); Last week: 11; Weeks on List: 22 "Towles' captivating debut novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose." 
The Marriage Plot 
by Jeffrey Eugenides (Picador, ISBN: 9781250014764); Last week: 9; Weeks on List: 12 "The impressive novel about the lives of three seniors at Brown University in the early 1980s by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Middlesex." 
The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again 
by J.R.R. Tolkien (Mariner, ISBN: 9780547928227); Weeks on List: 1 "Tolkien's modern classic and prelude to The Lord of the Rings is now a major motion picture." 
Fifty Shades Freed 
by E.L. James (Vintage, ISBN: 9780345803504); Last week: 14; Weeks on List: 32 "Book Three in James' bestselling 50 Shades Trilogy."