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Los Angeles Times bestsellers for the week of July 26, 2009

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Fiction Weeks on list1.The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Doubleday: $26.95) A novelist in 1920s Spain takes a dangerous writing assignment.4 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.7 3. Black Hills by Nora Roberts (Putnam: $26.95) Two childhood friends return to South Dakota to find love and revisit an unsolved murder.2 4.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. 75.Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's: $27.95) A witness enters a barbecue competition to uncover the killer of a contestant.46.Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown: $27.99)A supermodel disappears from a photo shoot in Hawaii.37.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.78.Doomsday Key by James Rollins (William Morrow: $27.99) Three murders reveal an ancient secret threatening the existence of mankind.39.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 50 10.Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday: $24.95) Terrorists disguised as foreign exchange students living with American families plot mass destruction. 6 11.The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles (Scribner: $26.99) A Mississippi mayor confronts murder, drugs and corruption aboard a gambling riverboat.1 12.The Apostle by Brad Thor (Atria: $26.99) A covert operative must free an Al Qaeda terrorist in exchange for a kidnapped American doctor.2 13.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death.53 14.The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $25.99) Aliens take over the minds of humans. 40 15. Hancock Park by Isabel Kaplan (Harper Teen: $16.99) A 16-year-old attempts to stay sane living in the shadow of Hollywood.2Nonfiction 1.Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers.33 2.A Bright and Guilty Place by Richard Rayner (Doubleday: $25) The intertwined stories of an ambitious young lawyer, a prime suspect in a mob murder, and a police photographer paint a picture of early 20th century L.A.2 3.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 crash5 4.Catastrophe by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann (Harper: $26.99) A call to prevent President Obama from transforming America into a socialist state.45.The Waxman Report by Henry Waxman with Joshua Green (Twelve: $24.99) The congressman from L.A. gives insight on his 35 years in the House.26.Liberty and Tyranny by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions: $25) The talk-radio personality's call to revitalize the conservative vision in America167.The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) Life's secrets, distilled. 1168.The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow (Hyperion: $21.95) A professor's terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments639.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. 24 10.Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton (Scribner: $28) A unit of Special Forces soldiers pursues the Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11. 7 11.Mirrors by Eduardo Galeano (Nation Books: $26.95) A history of the world told through tales of artists, writers and visionaries.6 12.I'm Down by Mishna Wolff (St. Martin's: $23.95) A white girl's tale of growing up in a black Seattle neighborhood. 3 13.Methland by Nick Reding (Bloomsbury USA: $25) The demise of a small Iowa farming town due to the proliferation of the methamphetamine culture.1 14.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.11 15.Unmasked by Ian Halperin (Simon Spotlight Entertainment: $25) A look into the final years and days of Michael Jackson.1

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