Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Jan. 31, 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 as they change a Mississippi town. 34 2. First Rule by Robert Crais (Putnam: $26.95) Joe Pike’s past catches up with him when an old friend’s entire family is killed. 2 3. 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. 22 4. Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler (Knopf: $25.95) After being attacked, an unambitious, unemployed teacher loses his memory and embraces the exuberance of a younger woman. 2 5. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel ( Henry Holt: $27) The rise of Henry VIII’s advisor Thomas Cromwell. 12 6. 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. 8 7. Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro (Knopf: $25.95) The short-story master explores women and their relationships in 10 new stories. 9 8. Iron River by T. Jefferson Parker (Dutton: $26.95) ATF agents patrolling the flow of illegal guns into the U.S. brace for vengeance from the violent Gulf Cartel. 2 9. Summertime by J.M. Coetzee (Viking: $25.95) A re-imagining of the author’s biography, according to the women in his life, after his death. 2 10. Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom (Random House: $25) A collection of interconnected stories examining the many forms of love. 1 11. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (Little, Brown: $26.99) The past and present converge in a mystery surrounding a tormented artist. 1 12. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper: $26.99) A writer’s escapades encompass 1930s Mexican artist communities and Cold War America. 11 13. Too Much Money by Dominick Dunne (Crown: $29) A high-society journalist attempts to uncover the truth in the suspicious death of a billionaire. 3 14. 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. 14 15. 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. 20 Nonfiction 1. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (Viking: $26.95) After being forced to wed, the author tackles her fears of marriage by delving into the history and background of the institution. 2 2. Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (Harper: $27.99) An insider’s explanation of how the drama of the U.S. presidential campaign of 2008 unfolded. 2 3. Star by Peter Biskind (Simon & Schuster: $30) An intimate biography of Hollywood’s leading ladies’ man, Warren Beatty. 2 4. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) A collection of the author’s writings of everyday and extraordinary people. 13 5. Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson (Viking: $26.95) The author’s continued struggle to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan in this sequel to “Three Cups of Tea.” 7 6. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers. 57 7. The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz (Amber-Allen: 19.95) How to recover your authentic self. 2 8. Drive by Daniel H. Pink (Riverhead: $26.95) A science-based case of rethinking what motivates people at work and home. 2 9. 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. 17 10. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (Knopf: $24.95) An exploration of the Tarahumara Indians and their secrets of long-distance running. 5 11. Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin (Viking: $32.95) A behind-the-scenes account of the players in America’s financial market crisis. 7 12. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Gallup Press: $22.95) An upgraded assessment on how to find your top talents. 1 13. 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. 36 14. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin(Harper: $25.99) A year spent trying to be happier by making small changes in various aspects of daily life. 1 15. Los Angeles, Portrait of a City by Kevin Starr and Jim Heimann (Taschen: $70) A photographic journey through the city’s cultural, political, industrial and sociological history. 3
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