Los Angeles Times bestsellers for April 5, 2009
Fiction weeks on list
1.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.34
2.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death..37
3.Fool by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: $26.99) King Lear's jester and an apprentice set out to save the kingdom in this comedy of errors. 5
4.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality.34
5.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 N.Y. law firm, putting his life in danger.8
6.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.10
7.The Women by T.C. Boyle (Viking: $27.95) Frank Lloyd Wright's life as told through the experiences of the four women who loved him. 6
8.Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Knopf: $26.95) A twin brother's journey from revolution in Ethiopia to a New York City hospital. 2
9.Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (Atria: $27.95) A family is thrown into turmoil when they sue over their daughter's medical condition.3
10.Corsair by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul (Putnam: $27.95) The CIA sends pirate Juan Cabrillo to search for a missing U.S. official en route to Libya.2
11.The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $25.99) Aliens take over the minds of humans. 32
12.Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster: $24) The lives of two married British journalists and a Nigerian teenager collide. 4
13.The Believers by Zoë Heller (Harper: $25.99) Uncovered secrets force a family's members to reexamine their lives, ideologies, religion and one another.2
14.Drood by Dan Simmons (Little, Brown: $26.95) An imagining of Charles Dickens' last years and his obsession with the dark side of London. 4
15.Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (Ballantine: $24) The lifelong friendship of two children separated during the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. 2
Nonfiction
1.Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers.19
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.8
3.House of Cards by William D. Cohan (Doubleday: $27.95) A narrative chronicling the fall of Bear Stearns and the following calamity on Wall Street.2
4.The Lost City of Z by David Grann (Doubleday: $27.50) British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett's quest to find an ancient Amazonian society.4
5.The Yankee Years by Joe Torre (Doubleday: $26.95) Behind the scenes of what it really took to try to keep the Yankees on top of the baseball world. 8
6.A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall (Broadway: $21.95) The relationship among two men and a lion adopted from Harrods, set free in Africa and reunited years later.1
7.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. 47
8.Rubies in the Orchard by Lynda Resnick with Francis Wilkinson (Broadway Business: $24.95) A marketing guru shares her strategies. 3
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. 5
10.The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) Life's secrets, distilled. 103
11.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. 26
12.Liberty and Tyranny by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions: $25) The talk-radio host's call to revitalize the conservative vision in America.1
13.Yes We Can by Scout Tufankjian (powerHouse: $29.95) A personal record of Barack Obama's campaign for the presidency.1
14.The Inaugural Address 2009 by Barack Obama (Penguin: $12) A keepsake edition commemorating the inauguration of the 44th president with the words of Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Waldo Emerson.7
15.WWE Encyclopedia by Brian Shields and Kevin Sullivan (BradyGames: $45) A reference guide covering the history of World Wrestling Entertainment from the 1960s to the present.1