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LOS ANGELES TIMES / March 15, 2009

March 15, 2009



*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney 7 (Amulet: $12.95) Greg's dad enlists him in organized sports to toughen him up. 2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) 31 The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 3. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella 34 must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 4. The Associate by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) A dark 5 secret forces a law school graduate to work for a corrupt law firm, putting his life in danger. 5. Promises in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam: $26.95) A cop 1 killer is hunted down in New York City in 2060. 6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by 31 Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer corresponds with islanders after German occupation. 7. Drood by Dan Simmons (Little, Brown: $26.95) An 3 imagining of Charles Dickens' last years and his obsession with the dark side of London. 8. Fool by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: $26.99) King 3 Lear's jester and an apprentice set out to save the kingdom in this comedy of errors. 9. The Renegades by T. Jefferson Parker (Dutton: $26.95) A 3 sheriff sets out to find the gunman who shot his new partner. 10. Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster: $24) 1 The lives of a British journalist couple and a Nigerian teenager collide. *--*

*--* Nonfiction 1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) 16 An exploration of the background of high achievers. 2. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey 5 (Amistad: $23.99) The talk-show host lets women inside the mind-set of a man. 3. The Yankee Years by Joe Torre (Doubleday: $26.95) 5 Behind the scenes of what it really took to try to keep the Yankees on top of the baseball world. 4. The Inaugural Address 2009 by Barack Obama (Penguin: 4 $12) A keepsake edition commemorating the inauguration of the 44th president with the words of Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Waldo Emerson. 5. Obama: The Historic Journey by the New York Times 2 staff (Callaway: $40) The road to the White House. 6. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow 44 (Hyperion: $21.95) A professor's terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments. 7. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) 100 Life's secrets, distilled. 8. Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter (Grand 23 Central: $19.99) The impact that a cat named Dewey Readmore Books had on an Iowa library and its patrons. 9. How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer (Houghton Mifflin: 3 $25) Insight and understanding of human decision-making. 10. Angels & Ages by Adam Gopnik (Knopf: $24.95) A 3 search for the men behind the myths, Lincoln and Darwin, both born on the same day. *--*

1. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink ($13.95)

2. The Shack by William P. Young ($14.99)

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99)

4. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons ($19.99)

5. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99)



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

2. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama ($14.95)

3. The Soloist by Steve Lopez ($15)

4. Suze Orman's 2009 Action Plan by Suze Orman ($9.99)

5. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert ($15)

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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