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Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12, 2008

October 12, 2008

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David 12 Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle a la "Hamlet." 2. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Knopf : 2 $27.50) Eragon, along with his dragon Saphira, must unite the rebel forces to defeat King Galbatorix. 3. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 12 $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, life and death. 4. One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell (Voice: 1 $25.95) The lives of NYC's rich and famous come together under the roof of this landmark building. 5. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, 9 Brown: $22.99) The final book in the Twilight saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 6. The Given Day by Dennis Lehane (William 1 Morrow: $27.95) Two Boston families struggle with political and social unrest after WWI. 7. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory 2 (Touchstone: $25.95) A historical tale of the years in captivity of Mary, Queen of Scots. 8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie 9 Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer corresponds with islanders after German occupation. 9. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg 2 Larsson (Knopf: $24.95) A journalist explores the cold-case disappearance of a Swedish teen heiress. 10. Indignation by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin: 2 $26) The son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey experiences college life in the early 1950s. *--*

*--* Nonfiction weeks on list 1. Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. 4 Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27.95) Solutions to overpopulation and the global-warming crisis. 2. Pieces of My Heart by Robert J. Wagner and 1 Scott Eyman (Harper Entertainment: $25.95) A memoir of the actor's five decades in show business. 3. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with 24 Jeffrey Zaslow (Hyperion: $21.95) A call to seize life's moments. 4. Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan 11 Golan (Little, Brown: $14.99) A parody of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon." 5. Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter 1 (Grand Central: $19.99) The impact a cat, named Dewey Readmore Books, had on an Iowa library and its patrons. 6. A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity by Bill 1 O'Reilly (Broadway: $26) A memoir of the Fox News commentator. 7. The Limits of Power by Andrew Bacevich 3 (Metropolitan: $24) How a return to traditional principles will solve America's troubles. 8. Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers (Crown: 3 $25.95) Advice on the newest treatments for longevity and healthy living. 9. Angler by Barton Gellman (Penguin Press: 2 $27.95) A look at how Dick Cheney redefined the role of the vice presidency. 10. Green Goes With Everything by Sloan 1 Barnett (Atria: $19.95) An environmental call-to-arms aimed at greening different areas of your life. *--*

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