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Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Jan. 31, 2010


1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95)

2. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann


3. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ($14)

4. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery ($15)

5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


6. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson


7. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee ($15)

8. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks


9. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ($14)


1. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin ($15)

2. My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme ($15

3. The Blind Side by Michael Lewis ($13.95)

4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert ($15)

5. How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer


6. L.A. Bizarro by Anthony Lovett and Matt Maranian ($19.95)

7. Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin


8. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers ($15)

9. Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler ($15)

10. Pacific Palisades by Jan Loomis


Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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