*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction 1 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Random House: $13.95) Two women in 19th century China.

2 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Broadway: $13.95) A college grad enters fashion publishing.

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


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

5 The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (Penguin: $14) A father hides the birth of a twin from his wife.

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

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


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

9 No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (Vintage: $14) An aging Texas sheriff looks for a vanished hunter.

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


*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction 1 An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore (Rodale: $21.95) The former vice president cites the evidence for global warming.

2 1776 by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster: $18) How Colonial forces took on the world’s greatest military power.

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

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


5 The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene (Penguin: $18) How to harness emotions to increase influence.

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

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

8 Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (Penguin: $15) A food critic recalls trying to dine incognito in New York.

9 Sticker Nation by Srini Kumar (The Disinformation Co.: $14.95) Subversive stickers.

10 Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins (Plume: $15) How the U.S. pressures poor countries.


Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.