Arts & Entertainment

Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Nov. 8, 2009

BookUnrest, Conflicts and WarCrime, Law and JusticeCrimeMalcolm GladwellDave EggersColleges and Universities

Fiction Weeks on list1.Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown : $27.99) An LAPD detective travels to Hong Kong to solve the murder of a Chinese immigrant.3 2.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. 22 3.The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $25.99) Harvard professor Robert Langdon uses his symbology skills to find a missing Freemason in Washington, D.C.7 4.Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $13.95) Greg desires to spend summer vacation indoors despite his mother's wishes for outdoor family fun. 35.The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb (W.W. Norton & Co.: $24.95) Graphic depictions from all 50 chapters of the first book of the Bible.26.Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn (Atria: $27.99) Two counterterrorism operatives deal with the fallout from a deadly terrorist attack. 37.Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls (Scribner: $26) The story of a hard-knock gal who raised horses and survived floods and the Depression.38.The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam: $27.95) Kay Scarpetta's fame grows as do the bizarre events surrounding several unsolved cases.29.The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt (Knopf: $26.95) A runaway boy is taken in by a famous children's book author and her storybook world. 2 10.The Wild Things by Dave Eggers (McSweeney's: $19.95) An interpretation and elaboration of Maurice Sendak's " Where the Wild Things Are."2 11.Blood's a Rover by James Ellroy (Knopf : $28.95) A bank heist sets off an escapade through '60s L.A. with run-ins with the mob, the FBI and Howard Hughes. 5 12.The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave (Faber & Faber: $25) The relationship between a father and son in the aftermath of the mother's suicide.1 13.The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books: $29.99) Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, attempts to unite kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle.1 14.Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (Riverhead: $25.95) A woman acquaints herself with the songwriter whose album caused the breakup of her recent relationship.4 15.A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore (Knopf : $25.95) A naive Midwestern college coed takes a job as a nanny for a recently adopted toddler. 8Nonfiction 1.What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) A collection of the author's writings of everyday and extraordinary people.1 2.SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (William Morrow: $29.99) More funny, informative facts and questions to ponder. 2 3.Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon (Harper: $26.99) A collection of autobiographical essays reflecting on what it means to be a man and father.3 4.Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (Hyperion: $23.99) Albom's observations of a rabbi and a pastor on an eight-year journey of faith.55.Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin (Viking: $32.95) A behind-the-scenes account of the players behind America's financial crisis.16.Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal (Nation Books: $25) A liberal look at how fringe elements are defining a new Republican Party.27.Knockout by Suzanne Somers (Crown: $25.99) Interviews with innovative cancer doctors.18.Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (McSweeney's: $24) The disappearance of a Syrian American father and good Samaritan in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 129.The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons ( ESPN: $30) An encyclopedia of all you need to know about the NBA.1 10.Moon River & Me by Andy Williams (Viking : $25.95) A memoir of the singer's seven-decade career as an entertainer.1 11.Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers.48 12.True Compass by Edward Kennedy (Twelve: $35) The memoirs of the late U.S. senator from Massachusetts.6 13.The Clinton Tapes by Taylor Branch (Simon & Schuster: $35) An unfiltered personal record of the former president's experience during his 8 years in the White House.2 14.Guardians of Being by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: $18) A collection of meditations along with illustrations by the creator of "Mutts," celebrating the love of animals. 1 15.The Big Burn by Timothy Egan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: $27) The story and consequences of the fire of 1910 that destroyed thousands of acres of forests across the Northwest.3

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