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Bestsellers

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 17, 2008

August 17, 2008

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little 1 Brown: $22.99) The final book in the Twilight saga finds Bella choosing immortality as a vampire. 2. Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva (Putnam: $26.95) 2 The death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to a Russian arms dealer. 3. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David 5 Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle in this twist on "Hamlet." 4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 13 $25.99) Alien invaders take over the minds of humans. 5. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 4 $19.99) In Vol. 3 of this vampire saga, Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, life and death. 6. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot 28 Diaz (Riverhead: $24.95) A sci-fi-loving nerd and his immigrant family are haunted by the past. 7. Brida by Paulo Coelho (Harper: $24.95) An 4 aspiring young Irish magician embarks on a quest for knowledge of the spiritual world. 8. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie 10 (Random House: $26) A traveler arrives at the Mughal emperor's court with a beguiling tale. 9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie 1 Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer's correspondence with an island's inhabitants in the aftermath of German occupation. 10. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein 11 (Harper: $23.95) A dog's-eye view of love, loyalty and sacrifice. *--*

*--* Nonfiction 1. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow 17 (Hyperion: $21.95) A professor's terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments. 2. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris 10 (Little, Brown: $25.99) Musings on life and smoking. 3. Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan Golan (Little, 3 Brown: $14.99) A parody of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon." 4. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) 84 Life's secrets, distilled from oral tradition, literature, religion and philosophy. 5. Life With My Sister Madonna by Christopher Ciccone 3 with Wendy Leigh (Simon Spotlight Entertainment: $26) A brother's tale of life with the famous entertainer. 6. sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling (Simon Spotlight: 8 $24.95) The old-school "90210" star tells all. 7. Just Who Will You Be? by Maria Shriver (Hyperion: 11 $14.95) Ask who, not what, you want to be. 8. The Dark Side by Jane Mayer (Doubleday: $27.50) Mayer 3 argues that the White House amassed power in the post-9/11 state of panic to devastating results. 9. Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder by Vincent 6 Bugliosi (Perseus Publishing: $26.95) An indictment that argues that the president be held accountable for crimes related to the Iraq War. 10. The Obama Nation by Jerome R. Corsi (Threshold 1 Editions: $28) The reasons against an Obama presidency and why he should be defeated. *--*

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