Arts & Entertainment

Los Angeles Times bestsellers (hardcover) for March 28, 2010.

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Fiction Weeks on list1.The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined as they change a Mississippi town.42 2.House Rules by Jodi Picoult (Atria: $28) A teenager with Asperger's syndrome is accused of murder.2 3.The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (Knopf: $25.95) A hacker implicated in two murders must revisit her past to prove her innocence. 30 4.The Silent Sea by Clive Cussler (Putnam: $27.95) A search is afoot for buried pirate treasure on a small island off the coast of Washington.15.Angelology by Danielle Trussoni (Viking: $27.95) A nun races to find a secret artifact before the evil Nephilim, a race of fallen angels, find it.16.Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (Grand Central: $21.99) The ax-wielding president seeks vengeance against vampires for the death of his mother. 27.Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $12.95) The adventures of Greg Heffley, a wise-cracking kid trying to survive middle school. 58.The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $25) An elderly mother and her two grown daughters'Austen-esque lives play out in Connecticut and Manhattan.29.The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper: $26.99) A writer's escapades encompass 1930s Mexican artist communities and Cold War America. 13 10.Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson (Random House: $25) An English widower fights to keep greedy relatives from selling a valuable family heirloom. 111.Split Image by Robert B. Parker (Putnam: $25.95) Police chief Jesse Stone's relationship with a PI intensifies over investigations of two separate cases.312.The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (Putnam: $25.95) An American radio reporter links a small Cape Cod village with war-torn Europe. 313.Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt: $27) The rise of Henry VIII's advisor Thomas Cromwell. 1714.The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee (Riverhead: $26.95) Events at a Korean orphanage reach across decades, stirring memories of love and war.115.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Collins Design: $16.99) Updated illustrations by Camille Rose Garcia offer a Goth-like twist to the classic tale. 4Nonfiction 1.Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (Harper: $27.99) How the drama of the U.S. presidential campaign of 2008 unfolded. 10 2.Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (Little, Brown: $25.99) An examination of and behind-the-scenes look at factory farming. 8 3.Just Kids by Patti Smith (Ecco: $27) A memoir of the singer's early days and relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. 8 4.Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler (Grand Central: $25.99) Essays, practical jokes and amusing tales from the comic's personal life.15.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown: $26) How cancer cells, unknowingly taken from a poor black woman in the 1950s, led to scientific breakthroughs. 56.Courage and Consequence by Karl Rove (Threshold: $30) The former Bush advisor's memoir addresses issues including the 2000 presidential campaign and the war in Afghanistan. 27.Willie Mays by James S. Hirsch (Scribner: $30) The life and career of baseball's legendary center fielder. 38.The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose (Publisher: $26.95) The intertwined real-life stories of four Marines and a navy pilot fighting the Japanese in WW II.29.Free for All by Kenneth Turan (Doubleday: $39.95) A history of the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater and its producer Joe Papp. 3 10.American Conspiracies by Jesse Ventura (Skyhorse: $24.95) The former pro-wrestler and politician investigates popular conspiracy theories. 1 11.I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres (Grand Central: $26.99) The heavy metal singer reminisces on his death-defying life. 7 12.The Big Short by Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton: $27.95) An account of how the U.S. economy was driven to collapse by the bond and real estate markets.1 13.Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (Viking: $26.95) After circumstances force her to wed, the author tackles her fears of marriage by delving into the history and background of the institution. 10 14.Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $14.95) Behind the scenes of the making of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movie.1 15.Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (Ecco: $21.99) Everyday domestic routines help an extended family cope with the sudden loss of a mother, wife and daughter. 1

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