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LOS ANGELES TIMES July 12, 2009

July 12, 2009

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Fiction

*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's: 2 $27.95) A witness enters a barbecue competition to uncover the killer of a contestant. 2. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Doubleday: 2 $26.95) A novelist in 1920s Barcelona takes a dangerous writing assignment. 3. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (Random House: $25) Two 5 sisters from Shanghai encounter tragedy and heartbreak as they are sold into arranged marriages in 1930s Los Angeles. 4. The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: 5 $27.99) A recently downsized reporter investigates a serial killer who uses his computer job to find his victims. 5. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion: 9 $17.99) Percy Jackson and his army of demigods battle to stop the Lord of Time. 6. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella 51 must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 7. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) 48 The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 8. Doomsday Key by James Rollins (William Morrow: $27.99) 1 Three murders reveal an ancient secret threatening the existence of mankind. 9. Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, 1 Brown: $27.99) A supermodel disappears from a photo shoot in Hawaii. 10. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (Scribner: $25) A young woman 4 must decide whether to return to her lucrative life in 1950s New York or remain in Ireland. *--*

*--* Nonfiction 1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) 31 An exploration of the background of high achievers. 2. Catastrophe by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann 2 (Harper: $26.99) A call to prevent President Obama from transforming America into a socialist state. 3. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow 61 (Hyperion: $21.95) A professor's terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments. 4. Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad (Ecco: 3 $25.99) The son of a daredevil tells of his life on the edge and how he survived a deadly plane crash. 5. Liberty and Tyranny by Mark R. Levin (Threshold 14 Editions: $25) The talk-radio personality's call to revitalize the conservative vision in America. 6. Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton (Scribner: $28) A 5 unit of Special Forces soldiers pursues the Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11. 7. I'm Down by Mishna Wolff (St. Martin's: $23.95) A 2 white girl's tale of growing up in a black Seattle neighborhood. 8. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey 22 (Amistad: $23.99) The talk-show host lets women inside the mind-set of a man. 9. Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley (Twelve: 9 $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. 10. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) 114 Life's secrets, distilled. *--*

1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith ($12.95)

2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95)

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ($14)

4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99)

5. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ($14)

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Nonfiction

1. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin ($15)

2. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris ($15.99)

3. Glenn Beck's Common Sense by Glenn Beck ($11.99)

4. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz ($12.95)

5. My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor ($15)

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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What turns our

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Off the Shelf: Mark Haskell Smith on the sources of his inspiration.

Jacket Copy: Long-lost Graham Greene work to be serialized; graffiti at the library; Joseph McElroy, the lost postmodernist.

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