The Book Table‘s bestsellers of the week for Hardcover Fiction, Hardcover Nonfiction, Paperback Fiction, Paperback Nonfiction and Young Adult and Children’s Books.

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Hardcover Fiction
Dreams of Joy
Lisa See

Caleb’s Crossing
Geraldine Brooks

Emily, Alone
Stewart O’Nan

The Pale King
David Foster Wallace

Mat Johnson

Hardcover Nonfiction
County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital
David Ansell

In the Garden of Beasts
Erik Larson

Tina Fey

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
David McCullough

She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems
Caroline Kennedy

Paperback Fiction
The Help
Kathryn Stockett

A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin

Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese

The Frozen Rabbi
Steve Stern

Super Sad True Love Story
Gary Shteyngart

Paperback Nonfiction
Oak Park: The Evolution of a Village
David Sokol

Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
Juan Gonzalez

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
John Valliant

Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America
Thomas Foster

Empire of the Summer Moon
S. C. Gwynne

Young Adult and Children’s Books
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
Jeff Kinney

Throne of Fire
Rick Riordan

I Am the Messenger
Markus Zusak

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie

Lake Theatre’s top attended movies of the weekend


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1. X-Men: First Class








2. Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D








3. The Hangover, Part 2








4. Bridesmaids








5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 3D

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