*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction
*--* 1 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead: $14) A writer returns to Kabul to rescue the son of a childhood friend.
2 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Pocket Books: $7.99) A scholar uncovers a vendetta against the Roman Catholic Church.
3 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Vintage: $12) An autistic teen seeks a killer.
4 The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman (HarperTorch: $7.99) Navajo detectives investigate a stranger’s death.
5 Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (Dell: $6.99) A couple’s decision to skip Christmas comes back to haunt them.
6 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (HarperSan Francisco: $13) An Andalusian shepherd boy seeks treasure in Egypt.
7 The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (Ballantine: $14.95) A mismatched couple struggle to make life bearable.
8 The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Harvest: $14) A time traveler falls in love with a teen heiress.
9 Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts (Jove: $7.99) A widowed mother of two boys returns to Tennessee to renew her life.
10 The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Mariner: $14) A Bengali couple and their son try to find their way in America.
*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction
*--* 1 The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Vintage: $14.95) How a serial killer haunted the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
2 Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (Random House: $13.95) A professor keeps literature alive for her students.
3 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter (TechPress/Warner: $15.95) Fiscal parenting.
4 The Perricone Prescription by Nicholas Perricone (HarperResource: $15.95) How to slow aging.
5 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: $14) How to attain enlightenment by living in the now.
6 Don’t Think of an Elephant by Howard Dean et al. (Chelsea Green: $10) A guide for political progressives.
7 A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (Broadway: $15.95) From the primordial to the present.
8 Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen: $12.95) A code of conduct based on Toltec wisdom.
9 The 9/11 Commission Report by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks (Norton: $10) The report.
10 Dude, Where’s My Country by Michael Moore (Warner: $14.95) How to wrest control from conservatives.