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Bestsellers

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 28, 2008

September 28, 2008

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: 10 $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, life and death. 2. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random 2 House: $26) A fictional portrait of an American first lady that is loosely based on Laura Bush. 3. Anathem by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow: 1 $29.95) A world in crisis finally brings together a scholarly math community with a corrupted "saecular" society. 4. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, 7 Brown: $22.99) The final book in the Twilight saga finds Bella choosing immortality as a vampire. 5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie 7 Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer corresponds with islanders in the aftermath of German occupation during World War II. 6. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David 10 Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle in this twist on "Hamlet." 7. The Little Book by Selden Edwards (Dutton: 3 $25.95) An exiled banking heir time travels from 1980s San Francisco to late 18th century Vienna. 8. The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer (Grand 2 Central: $25.99) The connection between the creation of Superman and the biblical story of Cain and Abel. 9. Home by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus 2 & Giroux: $25) A brother and sister return home and attempt to bond while taking care of their sick father. 10. Fine Just the Way it Is by Annie Proulx 1 (Scribner: $25) Aging cowboys and Iraq war veterans struggle through life in the American West. *--*

*--* Nonfiction weeks on list 1. Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. 2 Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27.95) Positing solutions to overpopulation and the global warming crisis. 2. The War Within by Bob Woodward (Simon 2 & Schuster: $32) In his fourth book about the Bush presidency, Woodward reveals the dangers of unwarranted secrecy during the Iraq war. 3. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with 22 Jeffrey Zaslow (Hyperion: $21.95) A professor's terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments. 4. Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers (Crown: 1 $25.95) Advice on the newest treatments for longevity and healthy living, by the anti-aging advocate. 5. Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan 9 Golan (Little, Brown: $14.99) A political parody of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon." 6. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David 16 Sedaris (Little, Brown: $25.99) Musings on life and smoking, North Carolina and New York. 7. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: 90 $23.95) Life's secrets, distilled from oral tradition, literature, religion and philosophy. 8. The Limits of Power by Andrew Bacevich 2 (Metropolitan: $24) A retired army colonel believes a return to traditional principles will solve America's economic, military and political troubles. 9. sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling (Simon 14 Spotlight Entertainment: $24.95) The old-school "90210" star tells all. 10. Mother on Fire by Sandra Tsing Loh (Crown: 5 $23) A humorist's look at the state of schools, society and modern parenting in dysfunctional L.A. *--*

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