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Los Angeles Times bestsellers for June 14, 2009

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Fiction weeks on list1.Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown : $27.99) A recently downsized reporter investigates a serial killer who uses his computer job to find his victims.1 2.Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (Random House: $25) Two sisters from Shanghai encounter tragedy and heartbreak as they are sold into arranged marriages in 1930s Los Angeles. 1 3.Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (Delacorte: $27) The capture of a suspected suicide bomber on a N.Y. subway causes a chain of global events. 2 4.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 475.The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion: $17.99) Percy Jackson and his army of demigods battle to stop the Lord of Time. 56.Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday: $24.95) Terrorists disguised as foreign exchange students living with American families plot mass destruction. 47.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality.448.Sunnyside by Glen David Gold (Knopf: $26.95) Tales of a young soldier, Charlie Chaplin and an aspiring actor portray life in early 20th century America.19.Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $12.95) Greg's dad enlists him in sports to toughen him up. 20 10.The Women by T.C. Boyle (Viking: $27.95) Frank Lloyd Wright's life as told by four women who loved him. 14 11.Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon: $23.95) In the latest installment of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Precious Ramotswe is in need of her own investigative skills. 6 12.Wicked Prey by John Sandford (Putnam: $27.95) Criminals with a grudge crash the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. 4 13.The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire by C.M. Mayo (Unbridled Books: $26.95) Maximilian von Hapsburg, the archduke of Austria and his brief reign of emperor of Mexico in 1864.1 14.Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard (William Morrow: $26.99) An ex-bank robber is seduced by his former jail mate's girlfriend and his fortune. 3 15.Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central: $26.99) Special Agent Pendergast returns to New York City to investigate a murderous cult. 4Nonfiction 1.Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers. 29 2.The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow (Hyperion: $21.95) A professor's terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments. 57 3.Liberty and Tyranny by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions: $25) The talk-radio personality's call to revitalize the conservative vision in America. 11 4.Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey ( Amistad: $23.99) The talk-show host lets women inside the mind-set of a man. 185.Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton (Scribner: $28) The true story of a small unit of Special Forces soldiers who pursued the Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11.16.This Is Water by David Foster Wallace (Little, Brown: $14.99) Thoughts and advice from a 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College. 47.Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley (Twelve: $24.99) The son of William F. and Patricia Buckley tells of life with the high-powered couple and how he coped with their deaths. 58.Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards (Broadway: $22.95) The wife of the former presidential candidate reflects on facing life's adversities. 49.The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) Life's secrets, distilled. 110 10.Mirrors by Eduardo Galeano (Nation Books: $26.95) A history of the world told through lesser-known tales of artists, writers and visionaries.111.Conversations With Frank Gehry by Barbara Isenberg(Knopf: $40) A portrait of the influential architects revealed through 20 years of conversations.112.The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow (Gotham: $26) Eleven childhood friends from Iowa maintain enduring friendships throughout the years. 513.I'll Scream Later by Marlee Matlin with Betsy Sharkey (Simon Spotlight Entertainment: $26) The life journey of the first Oscar-winning deaf actress. 114.Promises I Made My Mother by Sam Haskell (Ballantine: $24) A Hollywood agent reveals how he kept his pledge to his mother to live a decent life. 315.American Prince by Tony Curtis with Peter Golenbock (Harmony: $25.95) A memoir of the actor's life and loves during Hollywood's golden age.2

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