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Los Angeles Times bestsellers for July 19, 2009

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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

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