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Los Angeles Times, Sept. 7, 2008

September 07, 2008

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, 4 Brown: $22.99) The final book in the Twilight saga finds Bella choosing immortality as a vampire. 2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie 4 Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer's correspondence with an island's inhabitants in the aftermath of German occupation. 3. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 7 $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, life and death. 4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 16 $25.99) Alien invaders take over the minds of humans. 5. The Bourne Sanction by Eric Van Lustbader 3 (Grand Central: $25.99) The latest installment of the Robert Ludlum franchise finds Jason Bourne tracking suspected terrorists involved in the death of a former Georgetown student. 6. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (Random 3 House: $26) Two narratives intertwine in this story of polygamy, past and present. 7. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein 13 (Harper: $23.95) A dog's-eye view of love, loyalty and sacrifice. 8. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David 8 Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle in this twist on "Hamlet." 9. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot 31 Diaz (Riverhead: $24.95) A sci-fi-loving nerd and his immigrant family are haunted by the past. 10. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie 13 (Random House: $26) A traveler arrives at the Mughal emperor's court with a beguiling tale. *--*

*--* Nonfiction 1. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow 20 (Hyperion: $21.95) A professor's terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments. 2. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris 13 (Little, Brown: $25.99) Musings on life and smoking. 3. The Obama Nation by Jerome R. Corsi (Threshold 4 Editions: $28) The reasons against an Obama presidency and why he should be defeated. 4. Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan Golan (Little, 6 Brown: $14.99) A parody of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon." 5. sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling (Simon Spotlight: 11 $24.95) The old-school "90210" star tells all. 6. The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank (Metropolitan 1 Books: $25) How power-brokering Washington, D.C., is mired in corruption. 7. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) 87 Life's secrets, distilled from oral tradition, literature, religion and philosophy. 8. Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea 17 Handler (Simon Spotlight Entertainment: $24.95) The talk-show host skewers dating, family and work. 9. The Case Against Barack Obama by David Freddoso 2 (Regnery: $27.95) An expose of the Democratic nominee for president. 10. The Night of the Gun by David Carr (Simon & 1 Schuster: $26) A reporter's memoir of drug addiction, cancer and fatherhood. *--*

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