Los Angeles Times bestsellers (hardcover) for April 11, 2010.
Fiction Weeks on list1.The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined in a Mississippi town.44 2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (Grand Central: $21.99) The ax-wielding president seeks vengeance against vampires for the death of his mother. 4 3.Bite Me by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: $23.99) A San Francisco goth girl and her boyfriend must save the city from a ravenous vampyre cat .1 4.Caught by Harlan Coben (Dutton: $27.95) The search for a missing high school student stirs a reporter into action.25.Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $12.95) The adventures of Greg Heffley, a wise-cracking kid trying to survive middle school. 76.House Rules by Jodi Picoult (Atria: $28) A teenager with Asperger's syndrome is accused of murder.47.The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $25) An elderly mother and her two grown daughters' Austen-esque lives play out on the East Coast.48.Known to Evil by Walter Mosley (Riverhead: $25.95) A reformed PI tracks a missing girl while dealing with family crises.19.Angelology by Danielle Trussoni (Viking: $27.95) A nun races to find a secret artifact before the evil Nephilim, a race of fallen angels, find it.3 10.Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules by Jeff Kinney (Amulet : $13.95) Greg navigates middle school while trying to keep his brother from revealing a secret.3 11.The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell (Knopf: $25.95) A transcontinental search is underway for the truth behind a massacre in a Swedish village. 4 12.The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion: $17.99) Percy Jackson and his army of demigods battle to stop the Lord of Time. 18 13.The Infinities by John Banville (Knopf: $25.95) A tale of love, family and a dying mathematician all overseen by Greek gods. 2 14.The Ask by Sam Lipsyte (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $25) A washed-up painter becomes indentured to an old classmate who's a donor to his mediocre university.1 15.Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson (Random House: $25) An English widower fights to keep greedy relatives from selling a valuable family heirloom. 3Nonfiction 1.The Big Short by Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton: $27.95) An account of how the U.S. economy was driven to collapse by the bond and real estate markets.3 2.Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $14.95) Behind the scenes during the making of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movie.3 3.Just Kids by Patti Smith (Ecco: $27) A memoir of the singer's early days and relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. 10 4.Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (Harper: $27.99) How the drama of the U.S. presidential campaign of 2008 unfolded. 125.Courage and Consequence by Karl Rove (Threshold: $30) The Bush advisor's memoir addresses issues including the 2000 presidential campaign and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 36.Neon Angel by Cherie Currie (It Books: $24.99) The life of the lead singer of the 1970s all-girl rock band the Runaways. 27.Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler (Grand Central: $25.99) Essays and amusing tales from the comic's personal life.38.Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle (Free Press: $25) Jesuit priest Boyle recounts working with troubled L.A. youth through his gang intervention program, Homeboy Industries.29.Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (Viking: $26.95) After circumstances force her to wed, the author tackles her fears of marriage by delving into the institution's history. 10 10.The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose (NAL: $26.95) The real-life stories of four Marines and a Navy pilot fighting the Japanese in World War II.4 11.The Day I Shot Cupid by Jennifer Love Hewitt (Voice: $23.99) The actress offers wisdom on love and dating lessons learned. 1 12.The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (Harper: $25.99) A year spent trying to be happier by making small changes in daily life. 6 13.Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers. 65 14.Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt (Penguin Press: $25.95) A challenge to confront our societal ills & take responsibility for the world we live in by re-introducing alternatives to the status quo of selfishness and materialism.1 15.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown: $26) How cancer cells, unknowingly taken from a poor black woman in the 1950s, led to scientific breakthroughs. 7