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Complete book coverage for April 4, 2010.

  • Noir hits home in Los Angeles, Orange County

    Noir hits home in Los Angeles, Orange County

    Tales by Raymond Chandler, Leigh Brackett, Chester Himes and others are resurrected in 'Los Angeles Noir 2.' 'Orange County Noir' explores lost dreams and shattered lives.

  • 'The Line: A Novel' by Olga Grushin

    'The Line: A Novel' by Olga Grushin

    The Line A Novel Olga Grushin A Marian Wood Book/Putnam: 324 pp., $25.95 Queues were a conspicuous feature of the old Soviet economy and its distributive malfunctions. Long lines would form when word came that some scarce item was about to go up for sale. Nobody knew what it would be -- gloves,...

  • Discoveries: Is it spring? Time for books about Italy!

    Discoveries: Is it spring? Time for books about Italy!

    Frances Mayes' 'Every Day in Tuscany,' Justine van der Leun's 'Marcus of Umbria: What an Italian Dog Taught an American Girl About Love' and Paula Butturini's 'Keeping the Feast: One Couple's Story of Love, Food and Healing in Italy' Plus: A.L. Kennedy's 'What Becomes' and 'One More Story' by Ingo...

  • Los Angeles Times bestsellers (hardcover) for April 4, 2010.

    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.43 2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (Grand Central: $21.99) The ax-wielding president seeks vengeance...

  • Los Angeles Times bestsellers (paperback) for April 4, 2010.

    Fiction 1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95) 2. Little Bee by Chris Cleave ($14) 3. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick ($14.95) 4. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann ($15) 5. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See ($15) 6. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks ($7.99) 7. The Sea of...

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