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Paperback Non-Fiction week of May 24, 2009

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1THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. (Penguin, $15.) A former climber builds schools in villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan.120
2I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL, by Tucker Max. (Citadel/Kensington, $15.95.) Life as a self-­absorbed, drunken womanizer.85
3IN DEFENSE OF FOOD, by Michael Pollan. (Penguin, $15.) A manifesto urges us to “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” First Chapter3
4LONE SURVIVOR, by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson. (Back Bay/Little, Brown, $15;, Little, Brown, $8.99.) The harrowing story of a Navy Seals operation in Afghanistan.28
5AN INCONVENIENT BOOK, by Glenn Beck. (Threshold Editions, $19.99.) The conservative talk-show host on "the world’s biggest problems."1
6BLINK, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown, $15.99.) The importance of instinct to the workings of the mind.83
7THE MIDDLE PLACE, by Kelly Corrigan. (Voice, $14.95.) A woman’s struggle with cancer, her own and her father’s, helps her gain a new maturity.21
8*THE TIPPING POINT, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown, $14.95.) A study of social epidemics, otherwise known as fads. First Chapter241
9AMERICAN LION, by Jon Meacham. (Random House, $18.) Andrew Jackson in the White House. First Chapter2
10EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Penguin, $15.) A writer’s yearlong journey in search of self takes her to Italy, India and Indonesia.121
11THE POST-AMERICAN WORLD, by Fareed Zakaria. (Norton, $15.95.) The rise of China and India and the global distribution of power. First Chapter2
1290 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. (Revell, $12.99.) A minister on the other­worldly experience he had after an accident.134
13*AUDITION, by Barbara Walters. (Vintage, $15.95.) A personal and professional memoir.2
14DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, by Barack Obama. (Three Rivers, $14.95.) The president on life as the son of a black African father and a white American mother.148
15*THE SOLOIST, by Steve Lopez. (Berkley, $15.) A columnist for The Los Angeles Times meets a homeless musician on Skid Row and sets out to change his life.9
16THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA, by Michael Pollan. (Penguin, $16.) Tracking food from soil to plate.87
17SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent. (Nelson, $14.99.) The unlikely friendship between a homeless drifter and a successful art dealer who meet at a shelter in Texas.31
18THE REAGAN DIARIES, by Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley. (Harper Perennial, $19.99.) Selections from the 40th president’s daily White House diaries.1
19MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler. (Bloomsbury, $14.95.) A memoir of one-night stands.30
20THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, by Barack Obama. (Three Rivers, $14.95;, Vintage, $7.99.) The president proposes that Americans move past political divisions. First Chapter73

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