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Los Angeles Times, Sept. 21, 2008

September 21, 2008

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie 6 Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer corresponds with islanders after German occupation. 2. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random 1 House: $26) A fictional portrait of an American first lady loosely based on Laura Bush. 3. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, 6 Brown: $22.99) The final book in the Twilight saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 18 $25.99) Aliens take over the minds of humans. 5. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David 9 Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle a la "Hamlet." 6. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 9 $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, life and death. 7. The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer (Grand 1 Central: $25.99) The ties between the creation of Superman and the story of Cain and Abel. 8. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein 14 (Harper: $23.95) A dog's-eye view of love, loyalty and sacrifice. 9. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (Random 5 House: $26) Two narratives intertwine in this story of polygamy, past and present. 10. Dark Curse by Christine Feehan (Berkley: 1 $24.95) A Carpathian Dragonseeker seeks to uncover the source of her nightmares. *--*

*--* Nonfiction weeks on list 1. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with 22 Jeffrey Zaslow (Hyperion: $21.95) Terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments. 2. Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan 8 Golan (Little, Brown: $14.99) A parody of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon." 3. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David 15 Sedaris (Little, Brown: $25.99) Musings on life and smoking. 4. Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by 19 Chelsea Handler (Simon Spotlight: $24.95) The talk-show host skewers dating and work. 5. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: 89 $23.95) Life's secrets, distilled. 6. sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling (Simon 13 Spotlight: $24.95) Old-school "90210" star tells all. 7. The Dark Side by Jane Mayer (Doubleday: 8 $27.50) The devastating results of the White House's amassing of power post-9/11. 8. Mother on Fire by Sandra Tsing Loh (Crown: 4 $23) A humorist's look at the state of schools, society and parenting in dysfunctional L.A. 9. Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. 1 Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27.95) Solving overpopulation and global warming. 10. The Obama Nation by Jerome R. Corsi 6 (Threshold Editions: $28) The reasons against an Obama presidency and why he should be defeated. *--*

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