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LOS ANGELES TIMES / March 22, 2009

March 22, 2009



*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (Atria: $27.95) A 1 family is thrown into turmoil when they sue over their daughter's medical condition. 2. The Women by T.C. Boyle (Viking: $27.95) Frank Lloyd 5 Wright's life as told through the experiences of the four women who loved him. 3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney 8 (Amulet: $12.95) Greg's dad enlists him in organized sports in order to toughen him up. 4. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella 35 must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 5. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) 32 The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by 32 Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer corresponds with islanders after German occupation. 7. Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster: $24) 2 The lives of two married British journalists and a Nigerian teenager collide. 8. The Associate by John Grisham (Doubleday : $27.95) A law 6 school grad's secret is used to blackmail him into stealing files from a N.Y. law firm, putting his life in danger. 9. Fool by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: $26.99) King 4 Lear's jester and an apprentice set out to save the kingdom in this comedy of errors. 10. Promises in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam: $26.95) A cop 2 killer is hunted down in New York City in 2060. *--*

*--* Nonfiction 1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) 17 An exploration of the background of high achievers. 2. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey 6 (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) 6 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: 5 $12) A keepsake edition commemorating the inauguration of the 44th president with the words of Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Waldo Emerson. 5. Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter (Grand 24 Central: $19.99) The impact that a cat named Dewey Readmore Books had on an Iowa library and its patrons. 6. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow 45 (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) 101 Life's secrets, distilled. 8. The Lost City of Z by David Grann (Doubleday: 2 $27.50) British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett's quest to find an ancient Amazonian society. 9. Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman 20 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27.95) Solutions to overpopulation and the global-warming crisis. 10. How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer (Houghton Mifflin: 4 $25) Insight into and understanding of human decision-making. *--*

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

2. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink ($13.95)

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

4. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99)

5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99)



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

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

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

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

5. Three Cups of Tea (Young Reader's Edition) by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin ($8.99)

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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