Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Oct. 18, 2009

Fiction Weeks on list1.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.4 2.The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined while changing a Mississippi town. 19 3.Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (Riverhead: $25.95) A woman acquaints herself with the songwriter whose album caused the breakup of her recent relationship.1 4.Rough Country by John Sandford (Putnam: $26.95) Virgil Flowersinvestigates a kayaker's death at a women's resort in Minnesota. 15.An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte Press: $30) A romance blooms during Colonial times with consequences centuries later. 36.A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore (Knopf : $25.95) A naive Midwestern college coed takes a job as a nanny for a recently adopted toddler.57.Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (Scribner: $26.99) Twins move into their recently deceased aunt's flat in London only to find her spirit still lingering about.18.Blood's a Rover by James Ellroy (Knopf : $28.95) A bank heist sets off an escapade through '60s L.A. with run-ins with the mob, the FBI and Howard Hughes. 29.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. 11 10.Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press: $17.99) The winners of the annual Hunger Games face the consequences of their victory.5 11.The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central: $24.99) A brother and sister begrudgingly spend the summer with their estranged pianist father and discover the meaning of unconditional love.5 12.The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press: $17.99) A teenage girl is selected in an annual fight-to-the-death reality show in a post-apocalyptic America. 3 13.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death.65 14.The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese: 26.95) In a dystopian future, only two females survive a natural disaster and remain locked away as genetically altered life forms multiply around them. 2 15.Boulevard by Stephen Jay Schwartz (Forge Books: $24.99) A sex addict- homicide detective discovers a connection between himself and several recent murders. 1Nonfiction 1.True Compass by Edward Kennedy (Twelve: $35) The memoirs of the late U.S. senator from Massachusetts.3 2.Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer (Doubleday: $27.95) A chronicle of Pat Tillman, the NFL star turned Army ranger whose death in Afghanistan stunned the power structure. 4 3.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.2 4.Arguing With Idiots by Glenn Beck (Threshold Editions: $29.99) Secrets for winning arguments with small-minded people.25.The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins (Free Press: $30) A pro-evolution argument filled with scientific evidence to support the anti-creationist theory. 16.L.A. Noir by John Buntin (Harmony: $26) Gangster Mickey Cohen and LAPD Chief William Parker battle for control in midcentury Los Angeles.67.The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson and Martin Dugard (Little, Brown: $26.99) Evidence, stories and clues that point to the murder of the boy king. 18.American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson (Harper: $25.99) A memoir of the Scottish-born comic living the American Dream.29.The Possibility of Everything by Hope Edelman (Ballantine: $27.95) The author and her husband seek help from a shaman in Belize to exorcise her daughter's imaginary friend. 2 10.The Case for God by Karen Armstrong (Knopf: $27.95) An examination of the recent decline of the practice of numerous organized religions.2 11.The Clinton Tapes by Taylor Branch (Simon & Schuster: $35) An unfiltered personal record of the former president's experience during his 8 years in the White House. 1 12.Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers.45 13.In the President's Secret Service by Ronald Kessler (Crown: $26) A behind-the-scenes look at the Secret Service and its agents. 5 14.Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad (Ecco: $25.99) The son of a daredevil tells of his life on the edge and how he survived a deadly plane crash. 16 15.Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne (Viking: $25.95) A journal of the former Talking Head and avid bicyclist's trek across major cities around the globe.2

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