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Bestsellers

July 05, 2009

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Doubleday: 1 $26.95) A novelist in 1920s Barcelona takes a dangerous writing assignment. 2. The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: 4 $27.99) A recently downsized reporter investigates a serial killer who uses his computer job to find his victims. 3. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (Random House: $25) Two 4 sisters from Shanghai encounter tragedy and heartbreak as they are sold into arranged marriages in 1930s Los Angeles. 4. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella 50 must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 5. Relentless by Dean Koontz (Bantam: $27) A bestselling 3 novelist encounters a sociopathic book critic and dangerous consequences ensue. 6. The Bourne Deception by Eric Van Lustbader (Grand 1 Central: $27.99) Presumed dead, Jason Bourne takes on a new identity to track down his assassin. 7. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) 47 The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 8. A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert (Scribner: $24) 1 Five generations of one family take on the 20th century. 9. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion: 8 $17.99) Percy Jackson and his army of demigods battle to stop the Lord of Time. 10. Knock Out by Catherine Coulter (Putnam: $26.95) An FBI 1 agent tries to rescue a telepathic girl while tracking a bank robber on a killing spree. *--*

*--* Nonfiction 1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) 30 An exploration of the background of high achievers. 2. Liberty and Tyranny by Mark R. Levin (Threshold 13 Editions: $25) The talk-radio personality's call to revitalize the conservative vision in America. 3. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey 21 (Amistad: $23.99) The talk-show host lets women inside the mind-set of a man. 4. Excuses Begone by Wayne W. Dyer (Hay House: $24.95) 3 Advice on achieving success and happiness by changing self-defeating habits. 5. Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley (Twelve: 8 $24.99) The son of William F. and Patricia Buckley tells of life with the high-powered couple and how he coped with their deaths. 6. Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad (Ecco: $25.99) 2 The son of a daredevil tells of his life on the edge and how he survived a deadly plane crash. 7. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow 60 (Hyperion: $21.95) A professor's terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments. 8. Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton (Scribner: $28) A unit 4 of Special Forces soldiers pursues the Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11. 9. Catastrophe by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann (Harper: 1 $26.99) A call to prevent President Obama from transforming America into a socialist state. 10. Conversations With Frank Gehry by Barbara Isenberg 2 (Knopf: $40) A portrait of the influential architect revealed through 20 years of conversations. *--*

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