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Los Angeles Times, Aug. 31, 2008

August 31, 2008

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva (Putnam: $26.95) 4 The death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to a Russian arms dealer. 2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, 3 Brown: $22.99) The final book in the Twilight saga finds Bella choosing immortality as a vampire. 3. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 6 $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, life and death. 4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 15 $25.99) Alien invaders take over the minds of humans. 5. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie 12 (Random House: $26) A traveler arrives at the Mughal emperor's court with a beguiling tale. 6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie 3 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. 7. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David 7 Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle in this twist on "Hamlet." 8. The Mercedes Coffin by Faye Kellerman 1 (William Morrow: $25.95) LAPD Lt. Peter Decker and wife Rina Lazarus must solve a 15-year-old cold case. 9. Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown (Simon & 1 Schuster: $26.95) A firefighter seeks vindication from a past scandal by solving the murder of a former co-worker. 10. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot 30 Diaz (Riverhead: $24.95) A sci-fi-loving nerd and his immigrant family are haunted by the past. *--*

*--* Nonfiction weeks on list 1. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with 19 Jeffrey Zaslow (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 12 Sedaris (Little, Brown: $25.99) Musings on life and smoking. 3. The Way of the World by Ron Suskind 2 (Harper: $27.95) Suskind writes that America must regain its lost moral authority to fight nuclear terrorism. 4. Life With My Sister Madonna by Christopher 5 Ciccone with Wendy Leigh (Simon Spotlight Entertainment: $26) A brother's tale of life with the famous entertainer. 5. The Obama Nation by Jerome R. Corsi 3 (Threshold Editions: $28) The reasons against an Obama presidency and why he should be defeated. 6. sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling (Simon 10 Spotlight: $24.95) The old-school "90210" star tells all. 7. The Dark Side by Jane Mayer (Doubleday: 5 $27.50) Mayer argues that the White House amassed power in the post-9/11 state of panic to devastating results. 8. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: 86 $23.95) Life's secrets, distilled from oral tradition, literature, religion and philosophy. 9. Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan 5 Golan (Little, Brown: $14.99) A parody of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon." 10. Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by 16 Chelsea Handler (Simon Spotlight Entertainment: $24.95) The talk-show host skewers dating, family and work. *--*

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