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March 29, 2009



*--* Fiction weeks on list 1. Corsair by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul (Putnam: 1 $27.95) The CIA sends pirate Juan Cabrillo to search for a missing U.S. official en route to Libya. 2. The Associate by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) A law 7 school grad's dark secret is used to blackmail him into stealing files from a N.Y. law firm, putting his life in danger. 3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by 33 Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer corresponds with islanders after German occupation. 4. Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (Atria: $27.95) A 2 family is thrown into turmoil when they sue over their daughter's medical condition. 5. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $25.99) 31 Aliens take over the minds of humans. 6. Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster: $24) 3 The lives of two married British journalists and a Nigerian teenager collide. 7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney 9 (Amulet: $12.95) Greg's dad enlists him in organized sports in order to toughen him up. 8. The Believers by Zoe Heller (Harper: $25.99) Uncovered 1 secrets force a family's members to reexamine their lives, ideologies, religion and one another. 9. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella 36 must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 10. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) 33 The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality. *--*

*--* Nonfiction 1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) 18 An exploration of the background of high achievers. 2. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey 7 (Amistad: $23.99) The talk-show host lets women inside the mind-set of a man. 3. House of Cards by William D. Cohan (Doubleday: 1 $27.95) A narrative chronicling the fall of Bear Stearns and the following calamity on Wall Street. 4. The Inaugural Address 2009 by Barack Obama (Penguin: 6 $12) A keepsake edition commemorating the inauguration of the 44th president with the words of Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Waldo Emerson. 5. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow 46 (Hyperion: $21.95) A professor's terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments. 6. The Lost City of Z by David Grann (Doubleday: 3 $27.50) British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett's quest to find an ancient Amazonian society. 7. The Yankee Years by Joe Torre (Doubleday: $26.95) 7 Behind the scenes of what it really took to try to keep the Yankees on top of the baseball world. 8. The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 6 2008 by Paul Krugman (W.W. Norton: $24.95) A look to the past for the causes of the credit crisis. 9. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) 102 Life's secrets, distilled. 10. American Lion by Jon Meacham (Random House: $30) 12 Andrew Jackson's path to the White House. *--*

1. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99)

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

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

4. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink ($13.95)

5. Lush Life by Richard Price ($15)



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

2. The Soloist by Steve Lopez ($15)

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

4. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle ($14)

5. The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman ($14.95)

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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