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"The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."

—Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire (1694-1778) French philosopher, writer, Candide

 

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."