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Isabel Allende and Scott Turow enter the L.A. Times bestseller list

May 20, 2010 | 11:14 am

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Whether you chalk it up to spring cleaning or people getting a jump-start on picking up their summer reads, the L.A. Times bestseller list this week saw a heap of new entrants. A full 25% of the top 20 are new to the list this week, including books by longtime favorites Isabel Allende and Scott Turow.

It's been four years since Allende published a work of fiction, and readers have responded by propelling her novel, "Island Beneath the Sea," to No. 4 in its first week on the list. Readers have been waiting much, much longer for what Turow delivers in "Innocent" -- the book marks the first time he has revisited his character Rusty Sabich since 1987's "Presumed Innocent" -- and the new book debuts on the list at No. 2.

Other newcomers to the list are Rick Riordan's "The Red Pyramid," "Fever Dream" by Douglas Preston, "Dead in the Family" by Charlaine Harris and "The Lord of the Hive" by Laurie R. King, a novel of Sherlock Holmes. See the complete list after the jump.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers

Place Book
Weeks on list

1.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, cook and college graduate intertwine.

51

2.

Innocent by Scott Turow (Grand Central: $27.99) Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto return to the courtroom after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

1

3.

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (Ace: $25.95) Sookie Stackhouse copes with loss and paranormal politics.

1

4.

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende (HarperCollins: $26.99) The intertwined lives of a young slave girl and plantation owner on a Caribbean island in the 1700s

1

5.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Hyperion: $17.99) Siblings battle Egyptian gods to uncover family secrets and find their Egyptologist father.

1

6.

The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon: $24.95) Multiple adventures await sleuth Precious Ramotswe.

3

7.

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion: $17.99) Percy Jackson and his army of demigods battle the Lord of Time.

22

8.

Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (St. Martin's/Griffin: $17.99) Teen drama reigns in this supernatural fantasy.

3

9.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (Atlantic Monthly: $24.95) The ravages of the Vietnam War told by an ambitious young soldier.

7

10.

Solar by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese: $26.95) A physicist tries to reinvigorate his career (at a colleague's expense).

6

11.

The 9th Judgment by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $27.99) Detective Lindsay Boxer calls on the Women’s Murder Club to catch two elusive criminals.

2

12.

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell (Balzer + Bray: $18.99) Carrie Bradshaw’s small-town high school life before moving to the Big Apple

2

13.

Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci (Grand Central: $27.99) Operative Shaw pursues a human trafficker and arms dealer.

3

14.

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen (Random House: $26) A violent act rips a family apart, leaving a mother struggling to cope.

3

15.

Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott (Riverhead: $25.95) Fraught parents send their teenage daughter to a wilderness rehab program.

4

16.

Fever Dream by Douglas Preston (Grand Central: $26.99) Special Agent Pendergast delves into his wife’s mysterious and tragic death.

1

17.

This Body of Death by Elizabeth George (Harper: $28.99) Still mourning the loss of his wife and unborn child, an inspector returns to Scotland Yard.

3

18.

The Ask by Sam Lipsyte (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $25) A washed-up painter becomes indentured to an old classmate who's a donor to his mediocre university.

2

19.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $13.95) Greg desires to spend summer vacation indoors despite his mother's wishes for outdoor family fun.

17

20.

The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King( Bantam: $25) Separated and on the run, Sherlock Holmes and wife Mary Russell must solve a mystery while protecting their family.

1

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers

Place Book
Weeks on list

1.

Mom by Dave Isay (Penguin Press: $21.95) A collection of stories celebrating American moms.

2

2.

The Big Short by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton: $27.95) How the U.S. economy was driven to collapse by the bond and real estate markets.

9

3.

Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle (Free Press: $25) A Jesuit priest recounts working with L.A. youth through his gang intervention program.

4.

The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman (Harper: $25.99) The stand-up comic known for her salty humor shares her life story.

3

5.

Spoken From the Heart by Laura Bush (Scribner: $30) The former First Lady’s memoir of growing up in West Texas and life in the White House.

1

6.

The Men Who Would Be King by Nicole Laporte (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: $28) The rise and fall of DreamWorks Studios.

1

7.

This Time Together by Carol Burnett (Harmony: $25) The comedian’s humorous look at her career and life in showbiz.

4

8.

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $14.95) Behind the scenes during the making of the movie.

9

9.

---- My Dad Says by Justin Halpern (HarperCollins: $15.99) A son’s compilation of his elderly father’s ramblings and observations.

1

10.

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler (Grand Central: $25.99) Essays and amusing tales from the comic's personal life.

4

11.

Oprah by Kitty Kelley (Crown: $30) A probing account into the queen of all media’s empire and her personal life.

4

12.

Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth (Scribner: $24) The connection between eating and core beliefs that brings fulfillment.

6

13.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown: $26) How a poor black woman's cancer cells helped scientists.

10

14.

Just Kids by Patti Smith (Ecco: $27) The singer’s early days and relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

15

15.

Getting Pretty Back by Molly Ringwald (It Books: $25.99) The actress shares insights and tips on finding inner and outer beauty after 40.

1

16.

The Bridge by David Remnick (Knopf: $29.95) The New Yorker editor’s biography of President Obama as pragmatist, seeker and civil rights symbol.

5

17.

Enemies of the People by Kati Marton (Simon & Schuster: $26) The author’s account of life in Cold War Budapest and her parents

1

18.

Satiristas by Paul Provenza & Dan Dion (It Books: $29.99) A collection of comics’ satirical views on politics, culture and society.

1

19.

Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson (Viking: $26.95) The author's continued struggle to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan, in this sequel to "Three Cups of Tea."

11

20.

Healing Hearts by Kathy Magliato M.D. (Broadway: $24) The high-pressured life of one of the few practicing female heart surgeons, wife and mother.

1


Paperback Fiction Bestsellers

Place Book

1.

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

2.

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson ($15.95)

3.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave ($14)

4.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann ($15)

5.

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan ($7.99)

6.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese ($15.95)

7.

Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts ($16)

8.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ($14)

9.

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan ($7.99)

10.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan ($7.99)

11.

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick ($14.95)

12.

Irish Girl by Tim Johnston ($12.95)

13.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See ($15)

14.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay ($13.95)

15.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ($13.95)

Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers

Place Book

1.

Food Rules by Michael Pollan ($7.99)

2.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris ($15.99)

3.

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

4.

For You, Mom. Finally. by Ruth Reichl ($13)

5.

L.A. Noir by John Buntin ($16)

6.

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

7.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris ($14.99)

8.

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

9.

Awkward Family Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack ($15)

10.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ($15.99)

11.

How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer ($14.95)

12.

Historical Tweets by Alan Beard and Alec McNayr ($14)

13.

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen ($14)

14.

The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition by The College Board ($21.99)

15.

Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming ($16.95)

-- Carolyn Kellogg
twitter.com/paperhaus

Photo: Isabel Allende in Rome in 2007. Credit: Alessia Paradisi / Abaca Press / MCT


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