Entertainment & Arts

Los Angeles Times bestsellers (hardcover) for April 18, 2010.

Fiction Weeks on list
1.The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined in a Mississippi town.45
2.Solar by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese: $26.95) A Nobel prize-winning physicist tries to reinvigorate his life and his career (at a colleague’s expense).1
3.Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (Grand Central: $21.99) The ax-wielding president seeks vengeance for the death of his mother. 5
4.Caught by Harlan Coben (Dutton: $27.95) The search for a missing high school student stirs a reporter into action.3
5.Deception by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine: $28) A detective and psychologist investigate the killing of a teacher at an elite prep school.1
6.Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $12.95) The adventures of Greg Heffley, a wise-cracking kid trying to survive middle school. 8
7.Known to Evil by Walter Mosley (Riverhead: $25.95) A reformed PI tracks a missing girl while dealing with family crises.2
8.Bite Me by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: $23.99) A San Francisco goth girl and her boyfriend must save the city from a ravenous vampyre cat .2
9.The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $25) An elderly mother and her two grown daughters’Austen-esque lives play out on the East Coast.5
10.Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (Ace: $24.95) The paranormal romance and werewolf drama continues for coyote-shifting, garage mechanic Mercedes Thompson.1
11.House Rules by Jodi Picoult (Atria: $28) A teenager with Asperger’s syndrome is accused of murder.5
12.Angelology by Danielle Trussoni (Viking: $27.95) A nun races to find a secret artifact before the evil Nephilim, a race of fallen angels, find it.4
13.Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (Random House: $25) An English widower fights to keep greedy relatives from selling a valuable family heirloom. 4
14.Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (Atlantic Monthly : $24.95) The ravages of the Vietnam war told from the perspective of an ambitious young soldier.1
15.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.16
1.The Big Short by Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton: $27.95) An account of how the U.S. economy was driven to collapse by the bond and real estate markets.4
2.Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler (Grand Central: $25.99) Essays and amusing tales from the comic’s personal life.4
3.Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (Harper: $27.99) How the drama of the U.S. presidential campaign of 2008 unfolded. 13
4.Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $14.95) Behind the scenes during the making of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movie.4
5.Just Kids by Patti Smith (Ecco: $27) A memoir of the singer’s early days and relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. 11
6.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown: $26) How cancer cells, unknowingly taken from a poor black woman in the 1950s, led to scientific breakthroughs. 8
7.Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle (Free Press: $25) Jesuit priest Boyle recounts working with troubled L.A. youth through his gang intervention program, Homeboy Industries.3
8.The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose (NAL: $26.95) The real-life stories of four Marines and a Navy pilot fighting the Japanese in World War II.5
9.Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage by Raquel Welch (Weinstein : $26.95) The sex symbol’s views and secrets on diet, exercise and healthy living.1
10.Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-it-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $10.95) An interactive journal based on the original wimpy kid, Greg Heffley’s own diary.2
11.Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (Viking: $26.95) After circumstances force her to wed, the author tackles her fears of marriage by delving into the institution’s history. 11
12.Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (Little, Brown: $25.99) An examination of and behind-the-scenes look at factory farming. 9
13.Courage and Consequence by Karl Rove (Threshold: $30) The George W. Bush advisor’s memoir addresses issues including the 2000 presidential campaign and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 4
14.My Footprint by Jeff Garlin (Publisher: $25) The comedian’s experiment to lose weight and go green while filming a season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”1
15.Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt (Penguin Press: $25.95) A challenge to confront our societal ills & take responsibility for the world we live in by re-introducing alternatives to the status quo of selfishness and materialism.2