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Los Angeles Times, Aug. 12, 2007

August 12, 2007

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 2 (Scholastic: $34.99) Dark and dangerous, Harry's saga comes to a close. 2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead: 11 $25.95) Two Afghan women struggle to survive jihad, civil war and Taliban tyranny. 3. The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva (Putnam: $25.95) 1 Israeli intelligence agent Gabriel Allon seeks a young woman kidnapped by terrorists. 4. The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke (Simon & 2 Schuster: $26) The line between survival and criminality is blurred in post-Katrina New Orleans. 5. The Quickie by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge 4 (Little, Brown: $27.99) A detective with a cheating husband is caught in a web of revenge. 6. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 9 $22) A couple face a cruel reality on their wedding night. 7. The Maytrees by Annie Dillard (HarperCollins: $24.95) A 5 bohemian explores her feelings after her husband moves to Maine with another woman. 8. The Judas Strain by James Rollins (William Morrow: 4 $25.95) Members of the Sigma Force fight an ancient plague, which takes the form of a cryptogram. 9. Peony in Love by Lisa See (Random House: $23.95) A 17th 5 century Chinese girl who dies before she can marry tells her story from the netherworld. 10. The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz (Viking: $24.95) An 1 L.A. novelist accused of murdering his ex-fiancée tries to find the real killer. *--*

*--* Nonfiction 1. The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden 13 (HarperCollins: $24.95) How to tie knots, find true north, build treehouses and other vital skills. 2. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) 32 Life's secrets distilled from oral tradition, literature, religion and philosophy. 3. God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (Twelve: 14 $24.99) The acerbic commentator argues that the world would be a better place without religion. 4. The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown (Doubleday: 8 $27.50) A dishy take on the late princess of Wales by the former editor of Tatler and Vanity Fair. 5. Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner (Doubleday: $27.95) A 2 searing look at the Central Intelligence Agency and, the author contends, its culture of incompetence. 6. Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell (Little, Brown: 5 $24.99) A Navy SEAL's account of a deadly raid to capture an Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan. 7. Mere Anarchy by Woody Allen (Random House: $21.95) A 7 collection of vintage Allen rants, along with some new humor. 8. Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote (Harcourt: $25) A nature 1 writer learns life lessons in 13 years with his canine best friend, a stray Labrador mix. 9. Rickles' Book by Don Rickles with David Ritz (Simon 6 & Schuster: $24) The stand-up comedian recalls his friends and his years on stage and TV. 10. Einstein by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster: 16 $32) A portrait of the life and genius of Albert Einstein, whose curiosity changed physics forever. *--*

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