ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Feb. 22, 2009

Fiction weeks on list1.The Associate by John Grisham (Doubleday : $27.95) A dark secret forces a law school graduate to take a job at a corrupt law firm that could cost him his life.2 2.Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney(Amulet: $12.95) Greg's dad enlists him in organized sports in order to toughen him up.4 3.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 31 4.The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle à la "Hamlet."305.The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer corresponds with islanders after German occupation.286.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality.287.Run for Your Life by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Little, Brown: $27.99) A killer called "The Teacher" is offing the elite in NYC.18.The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $25.99) Aliens take over the minds of humans. 279.The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf: $24.95) A journalist explores the cold-case disappearance of a Swedish teen heiress. 8 10.Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (Ace: $24.95) A car mechanic by day and supernatural heroine by night takes on paranormal enemies.1 11.The Women by T.C. Boyle (Viking: $27.95) Frank Lloyd Wright's life as told through the experiences of the four women who loved him.1 12.The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston (Ballantine: $25) A crime-scene cleanup worker gets ensnared in some high-stakes high jinks. 1 13.A Mercy by Toni Morrison (Knopf: $23.95) A slave girl is sold by her mother in late-1600s America to give her a better life.12 14.Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press: $27.95) A bounty hunter tracks a killer lurking in the woods of New Jersey.6 15.The Private Patient by P.D. James (Knopf: $25.95) A murder investigation focuses on the staff of a plastic-surgery clinic.10Nonfiction 1.The Yankee Years by Joe Torre (Doubleday: $26.95) Behind the scenes of what it really took to keep the Yankees on top of the baseball world. 2 2.Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers.13 3.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. 2 4.Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter (Grand Central: $19.99) The impact that a cat named Dewey Readmore Books had on an Iowa library and its patrons.205.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. 416.Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (Simon & Schuster: $21) The actress and writer's humorous confession to alcoholism, drug addiction and mental breakdowns. 67.The Black Hand by Chris Blatchford (William Morrow: $25.95) An in-depth look at the Mexican Mafia told through the biography of Rene "Boxer" Enriquez.18.Snark by David Denby (Simon & Schuster: $15.95) Critic and author Denby discusses the meaning and history of snark. 19.The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) Life's secrets, distilled. 97 10.The Inaugural Address 2009 by Barack Obama (Penguin: $12) A keepsake edition commemorating the inauguration of the 44th president with the words of Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Waldo Emerson.1 11.The Great Depression Ahead by Harry S. Dent Jr. (Free Press: $27) The economic forecaster shares his techniques and explains their impact on the economic downturn.1 12.When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $25.99) Musings on life and smoking. 27 13.A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway: $26) The Fox News commentator explores his childhood and its relevance to his later life. 13 14.American Lion by Jon Meacham (Random House: $30) Andrew Jackson's path to the White House. 10 15. Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers (Crown: $25.95) Advice on healthy living and the newest treatments for longevity. 6

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