Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Dec. 14
Fiction weeks on list 1. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) The final book in the “Twilight” saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 18 2. The Private Patient by P.D. James (Knopf: 25.95) A murder investigation focuses on the staff from a plastic-surgery clinic. 2 3. A Mercy by Toni Morrison (Knopf: $23.95) A slave girl is sold by her mother in late 1600s America to give her a better life. 3 4. Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler (Putnam: $27.95) The U.S. and Canada are on the brink of war in this third joint Dirk Pitt novel. 1 5. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 21 6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press: $22) A writer corresponds with islanders after German occupation. 18 7. Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz (Bantam: $27) A heart transplant recipient is stalked by a mysterious woman resembling the donor. 1 8. The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: $26.99) A luckless attorney defends a studio executive accused of offing his wife and her lover. 8 9. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb (Harper: $29.95) A couple seek to reconstruct their lives after a tragic school shooting in Colorado. 3 10. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle á la “Hamlet.” 20 11. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $25.99) Aliens take over the minds of humans. 19 12. Cross Country by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $27.99) Alex Cross pursues an African underworld figure and mass-murder suspect to Nigeria. 2 13. Divine Justice by David Baldacci (Grand Central: $27.99) A government assassin is hunted down after avenging his wife’s death. 4 14. 2666 by Roberto Bolaño (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $30) Greed, murder and desperation haunt a U.S.-Mexico border town. 3 15. The Gate House by Nelson DeMille (Grand Central: $27.99) A man and his ex-wife attempt to reconcile years after her affair with a mob boss. 6 Nonfiction 1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high-achievers. 3 2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow (Hyperion: $21.95) A professor’s terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life’s moments. 33 3. American Lion by Jon Meacham (Random House: $30) Andrew Jackson’s path to the White House. 3 4. Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan Golan (Little, Brown: $14.99) A parody of the children’s classic “Goodnight Moon.” 20 5. Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter (Grand Central: $19.99) The impact that a cat named Dewey Readmore Books had on an Iowa library and its patrons. 10 6. Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27.95) Solutions to overpopulation and the global-warming crisis. 13 7. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $16.99) Comical tales of various holiday traditions. 2 8. Why We Suck by Denis Leary (Viking : $26.95) The comedian’s biting social commentary on the state of the world. 2 9. Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz (Random House: $40) The photographer dissects and explains the making of her favorite photos. 2 10. Too Fat to Fish by Artie Lange (Spiegel & Grau: $24.95) The actor, comedian and Howard Stern sidekick shares his life stories. 4 11. The Secret The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) Life’s secrets, distilled. 93 12. A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity by Bill O’Reilly (Broadway: $26) The Fox News commentator explores his childhood and its relevance on his life. 8 13. You: Being Beautiful by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz (Free Press: $26.99) A scientific approach to the myths and stereotypes of how we define beauty. 3 14. For the Love by Kelly Slater (Chronicle Books: $35) The world champion surfer riffs on a life filled with big wins, big money and big loves. 1 15. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $25.99) Musings on life and smoking. 25
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