*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction 1 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Broadway: $13.95) A college grad enters fashion publishing.

2 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Random House: $13.95) Two women in 19th century China.

3 The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton: $13.95) A writer escapes the Nazis but loses his beloved.


4 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead: $14) A writer returns to Kabul to rescue the son of a childhood friend.

5 The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (Warner: $7.99) An attorney for a rich woman’s son fears for his own safety.

6 A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison (HarperTorch: $7.99) A Cincinnati witch helps an ex-boyfriend out of trouble.

7 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (HarperSanFrancisco: $13) An Andalusian shepherd boy searches for treasure in Egypt.


8 The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Penguin: $15) A quest for the truth about a Spanish novelist.

9 Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s: $7.99) A former client stalks bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.

10 March by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin: $14) Imagining the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, father of the “Little Women.”



*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction 1 1776 by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster: $18) How Colonial forces took on the world’s greatest military power.

2 An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore (Rodale: $21.95) The former vice president cites the evidence for global warming.

3 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Scribner: $14) A memoir of breaking away from dysfunctional parents.

4 Night by Elie Wiesel (Hill & Wang: $9) A teenager’s harrowing year spent in four concentration camps.


5 The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Vintage: $14.95) A serial killer haunts the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

6 The Places in Between by Rory Stewart (Harvest: $14) A trek across post-Taliban Afghanistan.

7 Barkley: A Dog’s Journey by Al Martinez (Angel City Press: $14.95) A beloved spaniel’s last trip with his owners.

8 News Junkie by Jason Leopold (Process: $16) A reporter’s story of expose, mainly of his own sordid past.


9 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter (TechPress/Warner: $16.95) Fiscal parenting.

10 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: $14) How to attain enlightenment by living in the now.


Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.