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Los Angeles Times List For June 25, 2006

June 25, 2006

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction 1 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Random House: $13.95) Two women in 19th century China.

2 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Broadway: $13.95) A college grad enters fashion publishing.

3 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Anchor: $7.99) A Louvre curator's killing leads to a secret society.

4 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Pocket: $9.99) A scholar uncovers a vendetta against the Roman Catholic Church.

5 The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton: $13.95) A writer escapes the Nazis but loses his beloved.

6 4th of July by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Warner Vision: $9.99) A killer strikes in Half Moon Bay.

7 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead: $14) A writer returns to Kabul to rescue the son of a childhood friend.

8 March by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin: $14) Imagining the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, father of the "Little Women."

9 Beloved by Toni Morrison (Vintage: $13.95) An ex-slave is haunted by the past and the ghost of her dead infant.

10 The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (Penguin: $14) A father hides the birth of a twin from his wife.

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*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction 1 An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore (Rodale: $21.95) The former vice president cites the evidence for global warming.

2 Night by Elie Wiesel (Hill & Wang: $9) A teenager's harrowing year spent in four concentration camps.

3 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Scribner: $14) A memoir of breaking away from dysfunctional parents.

4 In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Vintage: $14) The writer's masterful account of a Kansas family's brutal murder.

5 Them by Francine du Plessix Gray (Penguin: $16) A daughter's memoir about her trend-setting Russian emigre family.

6 Barkley: A Dog's Journey by Al Martinez (Angel City Press: $14.95) A beloved spaniel's last trip with his owners.

7 The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay: $14.95) How fads, trends and ideas behave like viruses in a society.

8 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen: $12.95) A code of conduct based on Toltec wisdom.

9 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter (TechPress/Warner: $16.95) Fiscal parenting.

10 The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White (Longman: $9.95) The classic manual of good writing.

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