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December 20, 2009

Fiction weeks on list1.U Is for Undertow by Sue Grafton (Putnam: $27.95) PI Kinsey Millhone investigates the 20-year-old case of the mysterious disappearance of a 4-year-old girl.1 2.Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro (Knopf : $25.95) The short-story master explores women and their relationships in 10 new stories. 3 3.The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined as they change a Mississippi town. 28 4.Hollywood Moon by Joseph Wambaugh (Little, Brown: $26.99) The third Hollywood station novel follows the daily lives of cops on the trail of a team of identity thieves.25.Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (Harper: $27.99) A swashbuckling pirate and his crew attempt to commandeer a Spanish ship carrying a treasure of gold.26.The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper: $26.99) A writer's escapades encompass 1930s Mexican artist communities and Cold War America. 57.The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $25.99) Harvard professor Robert Langdon uses his symbology skills to find a missing Freemason in Washington, D.C. 138.Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt: $27) The rise of Henry VIII's advisor Thomas Cromwell.69.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 67 10.I, Alex Cross by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $27.99) Detective Alex Cross infiltrates a secret society while tracking down the killer of a close relative.4Nonfiction 1.Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson (Viking : $26.95) The author's continued struggle to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan in this sequel to "Three Cups of Tea."1 2.Open by Andre Agassi (Knopf: $28.95) The tennis star's memoir and personal odyssey of a lost childhood, drug use and comebacks.5 3.What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) A collection of the author's writings of everyday and extraordinary people. 7 4.Guinness World Records 2010 by Guinness World Records (Guinness: $28.95) Bizarre and unfathomable feats from the first decade of the 21st century. 35.Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (Hyperion: $23.99) Albom's observations of a rabbi and a pastor on an eight-year journey of faith. 116.Going Rogue by Sarah Palin (HarperCollins: $28.99) A memoir of the 2008 vice presidential nominee and former Alaska governor.37.Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne (Viking: $25.95) A journal of the former Talking Heads lead singer and avid bicyclist's trek across major cities around the globe. 28.I Used to Know That by Caroline Taggart (Readers Digest: $14.95) A collection of forgotten, fun facts we learned in school.19.Last Words by George Carlin with Tony Hendra (Free Press: $26.99) Memoir of the acerbic comedian's 50-year career filled with triumphs, substance abuse and setbacks. 1 10.Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon (Harper: $26.99) A collection of autobiographical essays reflecting on what it means to be a man and father. 8

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