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Los Angeles Times, Oct. 19, 2008

October 19, 2008

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David 13 Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle a la "Hamlet." 2. One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell (Voice: 2 $25.95) The lives of NYC's rich and famous come together under the roof of this landmark building. 3. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Knopf: 3 $27.50) Eragon, with his dragon Saphira, must unite the rebel forces to defeat King Galbatorix. 4. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 13 $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, life and death. 5. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory 3 (Touchstone: $25.95) A historical tale of the years in captivity of Mary, Queen of Scots. 6. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks (Grand 1 Central: $24.99) An ex-marine falls in love with an unknown woman in a photo. 7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie 10 Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer corresponds with islanders after German occupation. 8. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg 3 Larsson (Knopf: $24.95) A journalist explores the cold-case disappearance of a teen heiress. 9. The Given Day by Dennis Lehane (William 2 Morrow: $27.95) Two Boston families struggle with political and social unrest after WWI. 10. Heat Lightning by John Sandford (Putnam: 2 $26.95) Virgil Flowers investigates a series of torture murders involving Vietnam vets. *--*

*--* Nonfiction weeks on list 1. The Snowball by Alice Schroeder (Bantam: 1 $35) A memoir recounting the life and times of investor Warren Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha." 2. Pieces of My Heart by Robert J. Wagner and 2 Scott Eyman (HarperEntertainment: $25.95) A memoir of the actor's five decades in showbiz. 3. Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. 5 Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27.95) Solutions to overpopulation and the global-warming crisis. 4. Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou 1 (Metropolitan: $25) Stories and wisdom dedicated to the daughter the poet never had. 5. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with 25 Jeffrey Zaslow (Random House: $21.95) A call to seize life's moments. 6. The Limits of Power by Andrew Bacevich 4 (Metropolitan: $24) A retired Army colonel advocates a return to traditional principles. 7. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David 19 Sedaris (Little, Brown: $25.99) Musings on life and smoking. 8. A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity by Bill 2 O'Reilly (Broadway: $26) A memoir of the Fox News commentator. 9. Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan 12 Golan (Little, Brown: $14.99) A parody of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon." 10. Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter 2 (Grand Central: $19.99) The impact a cat had on an Iowa library and its patrons. *--*

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