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Los Angeles Times, Oct. 5, 2008

October 05, 2008

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David 11 Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle a la "Hamlet." 2. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory 1 (Touchstone: $25.95) The years in captivity of Mary, Queen of Scots. 3. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 11 $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend. 4. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, 8 Brown: $22.99) The final book in the Twilight saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 5. Anathem by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow: 2 $29.95) A world in crisis unites a scholarly community with a "secular" society. 6. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Knopf : 1 $27.50) Eragon and his dragon Saphira must unite the rebel forces to defeat King Galbatorix. 7. Indignation by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin: 1 $26) The son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey experiences college life in early 1950s. 8. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random 3 House: $26) A first lady loosely based on Laura Bush. 9. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg 1 Larsson (Knopf : $24.95) A journalist explores the cold-case disappearance of a teen heiress. 10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie 8 Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer corresponds with islanders after German occupation *--*

*--* Nonfiction weeks on list 1. Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, 3 Straus & Giroux: $27.95) Solutions to overpopulation and the global warming crisis. 2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow 23 (Hyperion: $21.95) Terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments. 3. The War Within by Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster: 3 $32) The dangers of unwarranted secrecy during the Iraq war. 4. Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers (Crown: $25.95) Advice 2 on the newest treatments for longevity and healthy living. 5. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris 17 (Little, Brown: $25.99) Musings on life. 6. Mother on Fire by Sandra Tsing Loh (Crown: $23) The 6 state of schools, society and parenting in dysfunctional L.A. 7. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) 91 Life's secrets, distilled. 8. Bad Money by Kevin Phillips (Viking: $25.95) How 3 debt, shaky financial markets and misguided policies are damaging the nation. 9. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss (Crown: 11 $19.95) Living life on your own terms. 10. Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan Golan (Little, 10 Brown: $14.99) A parody of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon." *--*

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