Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Feb. 15, 2009
Fiction weeks on list 1. The Associate by John Grisham (Doubleday : $27.95) A dark secret forces a law school graduate to take a job at a corrupt law firm that could cost him his life. 1 2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney(Amulet: $12.95) Greg’s dad enlists him in organized sports in order to toughen him up. 3 3. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 30 4. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle à la “Hamlet.” 29 5. 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. 27 6. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) The final book in the “Twilight” saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 27 7. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf: $24.95) A journalist explores the cold-case disappearance of a Swedish teen heiress. 7 8. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Press: $27.95) A bounty hunter tracks a killer lurking in the woods of New Jersey. 5 9. Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell (Harper: $27.99) A commoner, a king and a nation’s army fight a medieval battle immortalized in Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” 2 10. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $25.99) Aliens take over the minds of humans. 26 11. 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. 11 12. 2666 by Roberto Bolano (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $30) Greed, murder and desperation haunt a U.S.-Mexico border town. 10 13. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee (Viking: $25.95) A tale of romance in Hong Kong along with a World War II plot line revealing a lover’s past. 3 14. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (Children’s High Level Group: $12.99) A collection of five fairy tales inspired by the " Harry Potter” series. 8 15. Black Ops by W.E.B. Griffin (Putnam: $26.95) A task force agent tracks down terrorists who murdered an American diplomat in Buenos Aires. 5 Nonfiction 1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers. 12 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. 40 3. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey ( Amistad : $23.99) The talk-show host lets women inside the mind set of a man. 1 4. 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. 19 5. Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers (Crown: $25.95) Advice on healthy living and the newest treatments for longevity. 5 6. The Yankee Years by Joe Torre (Doubleday: $26.95) Behind the scenes of what it really took to keep the Yankees on top of the baseball world. 1 7. President Obama edited by Adi Ignatius (Time: $19.95) A chronicle of the path of the president from Hawaii to Indonesia to the White House. 3 8. Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27.95) Solutions to overpopulation and the global-warming crisis. 18 9. A. Lincoln by Ronald C. White Jr. (Random House: $35) A biography of the 16th president, including analysis of his principal speeches and writings. 2 10. The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman (W.W. Norton: $24.95) A look to the past for the causes of the credit crisis. 4 11. Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz (Random House: $40) The photographer dissects and explains the making of her favorite photos. 9 12. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) Life’s secrets, distilled. 96 13. Pieces of My Heart by Robert J. Wagner and Scott Eyman (HarperEntertainment: $25.95) A memoir of the actor’s five decades in showbiz. 6 14. Guilty by Ann Coulter (Crown Forum: $27.95) The political commentator accuses liberals of always playing the victim. 4 15. Moments of Clarity by Christopher Kennedy Lawford (William Morrow: $25.99)The son of actor Peter Lawford chronicles his own drug and alcohol addiction and his journey back to sobriety. 1
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