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CHAPEL HILL (AP) -- North Carolina publisher Algonquin Books has hit the top of the New York Times best-seller list for the first time with a novel about a Depression-era elephant keeper.

The novel, "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen, is Number One for paperback fiction on Sunday's upcoming New York Times Book Review.

The book knocked a Dean Koontz novel, "The Husband," from the top spot it had held for three weeks.

Algonquin had reached only as high as Number Four on the best-seller list in the past. HarperCollins published two previous works by Gruen.

The hardcover edition of the novel has been on the best-seller list for 17 weeks. It's been on the paperback list for seven weeks.

Algonquin was found in 1982 and was acquired by Workman Publishing in 1989.

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