Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Nov. 1, 2009
Fiction Weeks on list 1. Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown : $27.99) An LAPD detective travels to Hong Kong to solve the murder of a Chinese immigrant. 2 2. 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. 6 3. 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. 21 4. Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn (Atria: $27.99) Two counterterrorism operatives deal with the fallout from a deadly terrorist attack. 2 5. 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. 4 6. 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. 2 7. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (Riverhead: $25.95) A woman acquaints herself with the songwriter whose album caused the breakup of her recent relationship. 3 8. The Wild Things by Dave Eggers (McSweeney’s: $19.95) An interpretation and elaboration of Maurice Sendak’s " Where the Wild Things Are.” 1 9. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls (Scribner: $26) The story of a hard-knock gal who raised horses and survived floods and the Depression. 2 10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $12.95) Greg’s dad enlists him in sports to toughen him up. 29 11. The Humbling by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: $22) A washed-up stage actor is rejuvenated when he begins an erotic affair with a younger woman. 1 12. Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday: $27.95) New Yorkers try to find meaning in their superficial lives. 1 13. The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam: $27.95) Kay Scarpetta’s fame grows as do the bizarre events surrounding several unsolved cases. 1 14. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (Knopf: $25.95) A hacker implicated in two murders must revisit her past to prove her innocence. 13 15. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris (Ace: $23.95) A complete collection of Sookie Stackhouse short stories. 2 Nonfiction 1. 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. 2 2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers. 47 3. 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. 4 4. True Compass by Edward Kennedy (Twelve: $35) The memoirs of the late U.S. senator from Massachusetts. 5 5. The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins (Free Press: $30) A pro-evolution argument filled with scientific evidence. 3 6. Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer (Doubleday: $27.95) A chronicle of Pat Tillman, the NFL star turned Army Ranger whose death in Afghanistan stunned the power structure. 6 7. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers (McSweeney’s: $24) The disappearance of a Syrian American father and good Samaritan in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 7 8. Arguing With Idiots by Glenn Beck (Threshold Editions: $29.99) Secrets for winning arguments with small-minded people. 4 9. Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal (Nation Books: $25) A liberal look at how fringe elements are defining a new Republican Party. 1 10. Jim Cramer’s Getting Back to Even by James J. Cramer(Simon & Schuster: $26) Tips on how to invest in a post-crash stock market. 1 11. 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. 2 12. Highest Duty by Chesley B. Sullenberger (William Morrow: $25.99) The autobiography of the airline pilot who landed a plane in the Hudson River. 1 13. SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (William Morrow: $29.99) More funny yet informative trivial facts and questions to ponder. 1 14. 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. 1 15. Cornflakes With John Lennon by Robert Hilburn (Rodale: $24.99) The rock critic’s adventures with iconic figures in rock ‘n’ roll. 1
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