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Los Angeles Times bestsellers for June 21, 2009

Fiction weeks on list1.The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: $27.99) A recently downsized reporter investigates a serial killer who uses his computer job to find his victims. 2 2.Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (Random House: $25) Two sisters from Shanghai encounter tragedy and heartbreak as they are sold into arranged marriages in 1930s Los Angeles. 2 3.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 48 4.Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton (Berkley: $26.95) Anita Blake hunts down a vampire serial killer in Las Vegas.15.Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (Delacorte: $27) The capture of a suspected suicide bomber on a N.Y. subway causes a chain of global events. 36.The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan (William Morrow: $26.99) A vampiric virus infects New York via a deadly flight from Germany.17.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality. 458.Medusa by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos (Penguin: $27.95) The Special Assignments Team investigates mysterious underwater occurrences poised to set off a worldwide pandemic.19.Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday: $24.95) Terrorists disguised as foreign exchange students living with American families plot mass destruction. 5 10.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. 3 11.The Lovers by John Connolly (Simon & Schuster: $26) Retired PI Charlie Parker delves into his father's suicide while being hunted down by hit men.1 12.The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf: $24.95) A journalist explores the cold-case disappearance of a Swedish teen heiress.15 13.The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion: $17.99) Percy Jackson and his army of demigods battle to stop the Lord of Time. 6 14.First Family by David Baldacci (Grand Central: $27.99) A child is kidnapped from a birthday party held at Camp David. 7 15.Relentless by Dean Koontz (Bantam: $27) A bestselling novelist encounters a sociopathic book critic with dangerous consequences.1Nonfiction 1.Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers.30 2.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.58 3.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. 19 4.Excuses Begone by Wayne W. Dyer (Hay House: $24.95) Advice on achieving success and happiness by changing self-defeating habits.15.Liberty and Tyranny by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions: $25) The talk-radio personality's call to revitalize the conservative vision in America. 126.Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton (Scribner: $28) A unit of Special Forces soldiers pursues the Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11. 27.The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words: $23.95) Life's secrets, distilled. 1118.Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley (Twelve: $24.99) The son of William F. and Patricia Buckley tells of life with the high-powered couple and how he coped with their deaths. 69.Mirrors by Eduardo Galeano (Nation Books: $26.95) A history of the world told through lesser-known tales of artists, writers and visionaries. 2 10.This Is Water by David Foster Wallace (Little, Brown: $14.99) Thoughts and advice from a 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College. 5 11.The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow (Gotham: $26) Eleven childhood friends from Iowa maintain enduring friendships throughout the years. 6 12.Divine Soul Songs by Zhi Gang Sha (Atria: $26.95) Spiritual wisdom to transform your life.1 13.Promises I Made My Mother by Sam Haskell (Ballantine: $24) A Hollywood agent reveals how he kept his pledge to his mother to live a decent life. 4 14.The Unforgiving Minute by Craig M. Mullaney (Penguin Press: $28.95) A soldier shares his education-by-fire experiences from his 20-year Army career.1 15.American Prince by Tony Curtis with Peter Golenbock (Harmony: $25.95) A memoir of the actor's life and loves during Hollywood's golden age. 3

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