Cyber Monday Sale: Get 75% off a 1 year digital subscription
The Baltimore Sun

Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Jan. 4, 2009

Fiction weeks on list1.The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (Children's High Level Group: $12.99) A collection of five fairy tales inspired by the " Harry Potter" series.3 2.The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle à la "Hamlet."23 3.The Private Patient by P.D. James (Knopf: $25.95) A murder investigation focuses on the staff from a plastic-surgery clinic.5 4.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $19.99) Bella must choose between her lover and a friend, between life and death. 245.Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $22.99) The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immortality.216.A Mercy by Toni Morrison (Knopf: $23.95) A slave girl is sold by her mother in late-1600s America to give her a better life.67.Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam: $27.95) Forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta travels to New York to examine a psychiatric patient at Bellevue.38.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. 219.The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $25.99) Aliens take over the minds of humans. 21 10.The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb (Harper: $29.95) A couple seek to reconstruct their lives after a tragic school shooting in Colorado. 6 11.Cross Country by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $27.99) Alex Cross pursues an African underworld figure and mass-murder suspect to Nigeria.5 12.2666 by Roberto Bolaño (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $30) Greed, murder and desperation haunt a U.S.-Mexico border town.6 13.Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz (Bantam: $27) A heart transplant recipient is stalked by a mysterious woman resembling the donor. 2 14.Cruel Intent by J.A. Jance (Touchstone: $25.95) A former TV newscaster must solve a murder investigation that's stopping the construction on her home1 15.Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf: $25) Stories of immigrants and their children struggling with U.S. culture. 18Nonfiction 1.Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers.6 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. 34 3.American Lion by Jon Meacham (Random House: $30) Andrew Jackson's path to the White House.5 4.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.135.Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27.95) Solutions to overpopulation and the global-warming crisis.146. Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz (Random House: $40) The photographer dissects and explains the making of her favorite photos. 57.Goodnight Bush by Erich Origen and Gan Golan (Little, Brown: $14.99) A parody of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon." 238.A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway: $26) The Fox News commentator explores his childhood and its relevance to his later life. 119.When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $25.99) Musings on life and smoking. 23 10.Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $16.99) Comical tales of holiday traditions.4 11.The Snowball by Alice Schroeder (Bantam: $35) The life and times of investor Warren Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha." 11 12.The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren (Howard Books: $17.99) The Orange County pastor's call to honor the significance and promise of the holiday.3 13.Too Fat to Fish by Artie Lange (Spiegel & Grau: $24.95) The actor, comedian and Howard Stern sidekick shares his life stories.6 14.The Forever War by Dexter Filkins (Knopf: $25) A war correspondent shares his experiences reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq since 1998.1 15.The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell (Riverhead: $25.95) A profile of the Puritans who fought an early battle between church and state. 6

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun