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Los Angeles Times List For Feb. 11, 2007

February 11, 2007

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction 1 The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (Penguin: $14) A father hides the birth of a twin from his wife.

2 The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (Grove: $14) A retired judge is caught up in Nepal's independence movement.

3 The Two Minute Rule by Robert Crais (Pocket Star: $7.99) A parolee seeks the killer of his police officer son.

4 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (HarperSanFrancisco: $13) An Andalusian shepherd boy searches for treasure in Egypt.

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

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

7 Snow by Orhan Pamuk (Vintage: $14.95) A Turkish poet returns from exile to find ideological strife.

8 Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan (Ballantine: $14.95) Tourists in Burma make darkly humorous missteps.

9 Wicked by Gregory Maguire (Regan Book: $16) How Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West.

10 The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Mariner: $14) A Bengali couple and their son try to find their way in America.


*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction 1 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Scribner: $14) A memoir of breaking away from dysfunctional parents.

2 The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier (HarperSanFrancisco: $14.95) The actor on his values.

3 Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (Three Rivers: $14.95) The senator traces his mixed-raced heritage.

4 The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav (Free Press: $14) A new-age guide to finding one's immortal soul.

5 Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Penguin: $15) A journey of self-discovery in Italy, India and Indonesia.

6 The Freedom Writers Diary with Erin Gruwell (Broadway: $13.95) Long Beach teens write about their lives.

7 You're Wearing That? by Deborah Tannen (Ballantine: $14.95) How to change the way mothers and daughters interact.

8 The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Vintage: $14.95) A serial killer haunts the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

9 The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner (Amistad: $14.95) A homeless man's struggle to be a successful stockbroker.

10 Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks (Hay House: $14.95) How to channel the desires within.


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