Middle East
Fortune struck for these Syrian migrants, but can they make it in California?

Los Angeles Times bestsellers for July 19, 2009

Fiction Weeks on list1.The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Doubleday: $26.95) A novelist in 1920s Barcelona takes a dangerous writing assignment.3 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.6 3.Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown: $27.99)A supermodel disappears from a photo shoot in Hawaii.2 4.Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's: $27.95) A witness enters a barbecue competition to uncover the killer of a contestant.35.The 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.66.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 497.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death.528. Black Hills by Nora Roberts (Putnam: $26.95) Two childhood friends return to South Dakota to find love and revisit an unsolved murder.19.The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined while changing a Mississippi town. 6 10. Hancock Park by Isabel Kaplan (Publisher: $16.99) A 16-year-old attempts to stay sane living in the shadow of Hollywood.1 11.Queen Takes King by Gigi Levangie Grazer (Simon & Schuster: $25.99) An ex-ballerina and real estate tycoon battle it out after 25 years of marriage.1 12.Doomsday Key by James Rollins (William Morrow: $27.99) Three murders reveal an ancient secret threatening the existence of mankind.2 13.The Apostle by Brad Thor (Atria: $26.99) A covert operative must free an al-Qaeda terrorist in exchange for a kidnapped American doctor.1 14.The Bourne Deception by Eric Van Lustbader (Grand Central: $27.99) Presumed dead, Jason Bourne takes on a new identity to track down his assassin. 2 15.Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (Ace: $25.95) Sookie Stackhouse finds herself a pawn in a war with a race of unhuman beings. 5Nonfiction 1.Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers.32 2.Catastrophe by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann (Harper: $26.99) A call to prevent President Obama from transforming America into a socialist state.3 3.The Waxman Report by Henry Waxman and Joshua Green (Twelve: $24.99) The congressman from L.A. gives insight on his 35 years in the House.1 4.Liberty and Tyranny by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions: $25) The talk-radio personality's call to revitalize the conservative vision in America155.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. 236.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.627.A Bright and Guilty Place by Richard Rayner (Doubleday: $25) The intertwined stories of an ambitious young lawyer, prime suspect in a mob murder, and a police photographer paint a picture of early 20th century L.A.18.Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton (Scribner: $28) A unit of Special Forces soldiers pursues the Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11. 69.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.10 10.Excuses Begone by Wayne W. Dyer (Hay House: $24.95) Advice on achieving success and happiness by changing self-defeating habits.5 11.Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad (Ecco: $25.99) The son of a daredevil tells of his life on the edge and how he survived a deadly plane crash.4 12.Mirrors by Eduardo Galeano (Nation Books: $26.95) A history of the world told through tales of artists, writers and visionaries.5 13The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) Life's secrets, distilled. 115 14.How to Win a Cosmic War by Reza Aslan (Random House: $26) An exploration of the ideologies behind jihadism and why we shouldn't cast conflicts in good-versus-evil terms. 2 15.Renegade by Richard Wolffe (Crown: $26) A behind-the-scenes look at Barack Obama's life as a presidential candidate.4

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times