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Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2008

June 01, 2008

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey (Harper: $26.95) 1 Lives intertwine across Los Angeles. 2. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf: $25) 8 U.S.-born children cope with their Bengali parents. 3. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $25.99) A 2 woman refuses to give in to alien invaders who take over the minds, but not the bodies, of humans. 4. Careless in Red by Elizabeth George (Harper: $27.95) A 2 detective mourning his late wife stumbles upon the body of a young man. 5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz 17 (Riverhead: $24.95) A sci-fi-loving nerd and his immigrant family are haunted by the past. 6. Phantom Prey by John Sandford (Putnam: $26.95) A wealthy 2 widow returns home to find her college-age, Goth daughter missing. 7. The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith 5 (Pantheon: $22.95) Mma Ramotswe helps a woman find her identity. 8. Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh (Little, Brown: 7 $26.99) Two cops are ensnared in a femme fatale's divorce. 9. Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin (MacMillan: 1 $24.95) A newlywed finds that she still has feelings for an ex-lover who dumped her. 10. The Whole Truth by David Baldacci (Grand Central: 4 $26.99) A defense contractor tries to get business by planting tales of atrocities. *--*

*--* Nonfiction 1. Audition by Barbara Walters (Knopf: $29.95) The 2 pioneering newswoman recalls her career. 2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow 6 (Hyperion: $21.95) A professor with terminal cancer urges us to seize life's moments. 3. Moyers on Democracy by Bill Moyers (Doubleday: $26.95) 1 The journalist argues for preserving the America envisioned by the nation's founders. 4. The Soloist by Steve Lopez (Putnam: $25.95) The L.A. 5 Times columnist befriends a mentally ill homeless musician. 5. A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs (St. 4 Martin's: $24.95) An exploration of a terrifying relationship between father and son. 6. Just Who Will You Be? by Maria Shriver (Hyperion: 5 $14.95) Ask who, not what, you want to be. 7. What Now? by Ann Patchett (Harper: $14.95) Reflections 5 on life's journey, on finding joy and meeting new challenges. 8. The Downhill Lie by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf: $22) The 1 writer describes his return to the beguiling and exasperating game of golf after 32 years. 9. Home by Julie Andrews (Hyperion: $26.95) The star of 7 stage and screen tells of life before "Mary Poppins." 10. The Man Who Loves China by Simon Winchester (Harper: 1 $27.95) The story of scholar Joseph Needham, who explained China to the West. *--*

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