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LOS ANGELES TIMES Nov. 9, 2008

November 09, 2008

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly 3 (Little, Brown: $26.99) A luckless attorney defends a studio executive accused of offing his wife and her lover. 2. A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre (Scribner: 3 $28) Turkish Muslims in Germany take in a homeless man who turns out to be a terrorist. 3. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David 16 Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle a la "Hamlet." 4. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, 13 Brown: $22.99) The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 5. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 16 $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, life and death. 6. Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn (Atria: 1 $27.95) CIA operative Mitch Rapp attempts to foil a terrorist plot on American soil while in Afghanistan. 7. Gate House by Nelson DeMille (Grand Central: 1 $27.99) A man and his ex-wife attempt to reconcile years after her affair with a mob boss. 8. A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire (William 2 Morrow: $26.95) In the third part of the "Wicked Years," it's the Cowardly Lion's turn to shine. 9. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Knopf: 6 $27.50) Eragon, along with his dragon Saphira, must unite the rebel forces to defeat King Galbatorix. 10. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks (Grand 4 Central: $24.99) A former Marine searches for an unknown woman in a photograph. *--*

*--* Nonfiction weeks on list 1. The Snowball by Alice Schroeder (Bantam: 4 $35) The life and times of investor Warren Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha." 2. Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter 5 (Grand Central: $19.99) The impact a cat named Dewey, who had been left in the after-hours book-return slot, had on an Iowa library and its patrons. 3. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with 28 Jeffrey Zaslow (Random House: $21.95) A professor's terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments. 4. Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. 8 Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27.95) This provocative book offers solutions to overpopulation and the global-warming crisis. 5. Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan 15 Golan (Little, Brown: $14.99) A parody of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon." 6. A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity by Bill 5 O'Reilly (Broadway: $26) The Fox News commentator explores his childhood and the impact it had on his life. 7. Here's the Story by Maureen McCormick 2 (William Morrow: $25.95) "The Brady Bunch" star shares her memoirs. 8. My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor 7 (Penguin: $24.95) A brain scientist shares her journey of recovery and insight from loss of brain function. 9. Don't Mind If I Do by George Hamilton 1 (Touchstone: $26) The man with the perennial tan reflects on his Hollywood life in this tell-all. 10. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss 13 (Crown: $19.95) A blueprint for living life on your own terms. *--*

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