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LOS ANGELES TIMES Nov. 30, 2008

November 30, 2008

*--* Fiction Weeks on list 1. A Mercy by Toni Morrison (Knopf: $23.95) A slave girl is 1 sold by her mother in late 1600s America to give her a better life. 2. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella 19 must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 3. The Gate House by Nelson DeMille (Grand Central: $27.99) 4 A man and his ex-wife attempt to reconcile years after her affair with a mob boss. 4. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) 16 The final book in the Twilight saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 5. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb (Harper: $29.95) 1 A couple seek to reconstruct their lives after a tragic school shooting in Colorado. 6. A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre (Scribner: $28) 5 Turkish Muslims in Germany take in a homeless man who turns out to be a terrorist. 7. Divine Justice by David Baldacci (Grand Central: $27.99) 2 A government assassin is hunted down after avenging his wife's death. 8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by 16 Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer corresponds with islanders after German occupation. 9. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Ecco: 19 $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle a la "Hamlet." 10. The Widows of Eastwick by John Updike (Knopf: $24.95) 3 After years of traveling and remarriage, the witches return to where the mischief began. *--*

*--* Nonfiction 1. Too Fat to Fish by Artie Lange (Spiegel & Grau: 2 $24.95) The actor, comedian and Howard Stern sidekick shares his life stories. 2. American Lion by Jon Meacham (Random House: $30) A 1 look at the path that Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, took to get to the White House. 3. Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter (Grand Central: 8 $19.99) The impact a cat named Dewey Readmore Books had on an Iowa library and its patrons. 4. Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, 11 Straus & Giroux: $27.95) Solutions to overpopulation and the global-warming crisis. 5. Call Me Ted by Ted Turner (Grand Central: $30) The 1 media mogul reveals his personal story of triumph and tragedy. 6. You: Being Beautiful by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet 1 C. Oz (Free Press: $26.99) A scientific approach to the myths and stereotypes of how we define beauty. 7. Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan Golan (Little, 18 Brown: $14.99) A parody of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon." 8. The Snowball by Alice Schroeder (Bantam: $35) The 7 life and times of investor Warren Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha." 9. The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell (Riverhead: 5 $25.95) A profile of the Puritans who fought an early battle between church and state. 10. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: 1 $16.99) Comical tales of various holiday traditions. *--*

*--* Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores. *--*

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