Roughly Speaking podcast: Halloween special: Best of horror movie music (episode 168)

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

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