Los Angeles Times bestsellers for May 3, 2009
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. 38 2. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 41 3. 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. 14 4. Long Lost by Harlan Coben (Dutton: $27.95) Private eye Myron Bolitar takes the case of a woman accused of murdering her ex. 4 5. First Family by David Baldacci (Grand Central: $27.99) A child is kidnapped from a birthday party held at Camp David. 1 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. 38 7. Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster: $25.95) The case of a man accused of murdering his wife reveals a medical phenomenon. 1 8. Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster: $24) The lives of two married British journalists and a Nigerian teenager collide. 8 9. The Associate by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) A law school grad’s dark secret is used to blackmail him into stealing files from a law firm, putting his life in danger. 12 10. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf: $24.95) A journalist explores the cold-case disappearance of a Swedish teen heiress. 13 11. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher (Roc: $25.95) A wizard detective must uncover a traitor to clear an acquaintance from his youth of murder. 3 12. The Women by T.C. Boyle (Viking: $27.95) Frank Lloyd Wright’s life as told by four women who loved him. 10 13. Look Again by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Press: $26.95) A journalist fears her adopted son is a missing child. 1 14. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $25.99) Aliens take over the minds of humans. 36 15. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Harper: $23.95) A dog’s-eye view of love, loyalty and sacrifice. 16 Nonfiction 1. Liberty and Tyranny by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions: $25) The talk-radio personality’s call to revitalize the conservative vision in America. 5 2. 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. 12 3. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers. 23 4. Real Solutions for Busy Moms by Kathy Ireland (Howard: $23.99) The model and businesswoman shares insight on how to balance the responsibilities of a busy home life. 1 5. Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox (Hyperion: $25.99) The actor’s emotional and spiritual outlook in his struggle with Parkinson’s disease. 4 6. House of Cards by William D. Cohan (Doubleday: $27.95) A narrative chronicling the fall of Bear Stearns and the Wall Street meltdown. 6 7. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) Life’s secrets, distilled. 106 8. Columbine by Dave Cullen (Twelve: $26.99) A journalist reconstructs the psychological journey of two teenage boys who became killers. 2 9. Mommywood by Tori Spelling (Simon Spotlight Entertainment: $25) The actress reveals the struggles to raise normal kids in Hollywood. 1 10. In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms by Laura Schlessinger (Harper: $25.99) The family therapist provides advice and support to mothers choosing to stay at home with their children. 2 11. In-N-Out Burger by Stacy Perman (Collins Business: $24.99) A behind the counter look at the popular fast-food chain. 1 12. 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. 51 13. This Is Water by David Foster Wallace (Little, Brown: $14.99) Thoughts and advice from a 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College. 2 14. Stories From Candyland by Candy Spelling (St. Martin’s: $25.95) The transformation of a quiet, insecure girl into the trophy wife of TV producer Aaron Spelling. 1 15. A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall (Broadway: $21.95) The relationship among two men and a lion adopted from Harrods and set free in Africa. 4
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