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Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Dec. 13, 2009

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 as they change a Mississippi town. 27 2.Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $13.95) Greg desires to spend summer vacation indoors despite his mother's wishes for outdoor family fun.8 3.Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (Harper: $27.99) A swashbuckling pirate and his crew attempt to commandeer a Spanish ship carrying a treasure of gold.1 4.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 665.Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro (Knopf : $25.95) The short story master explores women and their relationships in 10 new stories. 26.The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper: $26.99) A writer's escapades encompassing 1930s Mexican artist communities and Cold War America. 47.Hollywood Moon by Joseph Wambaugh (Little, Brown: $26.99) The third Hollywood station novel follows the daily lives of cops on the trail of a team of identity thieves.18.I, Alex Cross by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $27.99) Detective Alex Cross infiltrates a secret society while tracking down the killer of a close relative.39.The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $25.99) Harvard professor Robert Langdon uses his symbology skills to find a missing Freemason in Washington, D.C. 12 10.The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (Knopf: $25.95) A hacker implicated in two murders must revisit her past to prove her innocence. 16 11.Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt: $27) The rise of Henry VIII's advisor Thomas Cromwell.5 12.Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown : $27.99) An LAPD detective travels to Hong Kong to solve the murder of a Chinese immigrant. 7 13.Under the Dome by Stephen King (Scribner: $35) A ragtag cast of characters fight to survive in their small Maine town inexplicably surrounded by an invisible force field. 3 14.Breathless by Dean Koontz (Bantam: $28) Several story lines converge around mysterious happenings in the Colorado wilderness.1 15.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 56Nonfiction 1.Open by Andre Agassi (Knopf: $28.95) The tennis star's memoir and personal odyssey of a lost childhood, drug use and comebacks.4 2.Going Rogue by Sarah Palin (HarperCollins: $28.99) A memoir of the 2008 vice presidential nominee and former Alaska governor.2 3.Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (Hyperion: $23.99) Albom's observations of a rabbi and a pastor on an eight-year journey of faith. 10 4.What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) A collection of the author's writings of everyday and extraordinary people. 65.SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (William Morrow: $29.99) More funny, informative facts and questions to ponder. 76.Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (Little, Brown: $25.99) An examination and behind-the-scenes look at factory farming.47.Lit by Mary Karr (Harper: $25.99) The author's descent into alcoholism and recovery.48.Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers. 519.Free for All by Kenneth Turan (Doubleday : $39.95) A history of the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater and its producer Joe Papp.2 10.Guinness World Records 2010 by Guinness World Records (Guinness: $28.95) Bizarre and unfathomable feats from the first decade of the 21st century. 2 11.Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon (Harper: $26.99) A collection of autobiographical essays reflecting on what it means to be a man and father. 7 12.The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley (Little, Brown: $29.99) The story of a history-making 1905 voyage to the Far East by officials deciding America's future in Asia.1 13.True Compass by Edward Kennedy (Twelve: $35) The memoirs of the late U.S. senator from Massachusetts. 7 14.Arguing With Idiots by Glenn Beck (Threshold Editions: $29.99) Secrets for winning arguments with small-minded people. 6 15.When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird and Earvin Magic Johnson with Jackie MacMullan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: $26) How the game of basketball was transformed, by the duo responsible. 1

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