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Drew Brees hits the July 25, 2010 L.A. Times bestseller list

July 22, 2010 | 12:08 pm

We're still several weeks away from the beginning of the football season, but Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints quarterback, has already made his mark on the nonfiction bestseller list. "Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity," written with Chris Fabry, is Brees' memoir of injury and rejection, and taking the New Orleans Saints -- a team made homeless by Hurricane Katrina -- all the way to the Super Bowl. Brees was named the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV; his book enters the nonfiction bestseller list this week at No. 12, the highest entry among six new nonfiction books on the list this week. Stay tuned to see if his book is as determined to climb to the top as Brees himself.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Drew Brees in 2006. Credit: Doug Benc / Getty Images

After the jump: the complete Los Angeles Times bestseller lists for July 25, 2010.

Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
Place Book Weeks on list
1 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (Knopf: $27.95) The highly anticipated final book of the "Millennium Trilogy." 8

2 The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown: $13.99) The newborn vampire army closes in on Bella Swan and the Cullens. 5

3 The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (Random House: $26.00) A pious Dutch official finds love in turn-of-the-19th-century Japan. 2

4 The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The Southern lives of a maid, cook and college graduate intertwine. 59

5 Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic: $17.99) In a post-apocalyptic future, kids are forced to fight in gladiator-like matches to the death 9

6 The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (Doubleday: $25.95) Rose Edelstein's gift of taste is bittersweet. 5

7 The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion: $17.99) Siblings battle Egyptian gods to find their Egyptologist father. 10

8 The Passage by Justin Cronin (Ballantine: $27) An apocalypse with fangs: a military experiment with vampires goes wrong and imperils humanity. 5

9 Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst (Random House: $26) A Greek official becomes immersed with European spies in the early days of World War II. 4

10 The Lion by Nelson DeMille (Grand Central: $27.99) A legendary terrorist returns to the U.S. 6

11 Private by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $27.99) A Former CIA agent tracks down the killer of a former lover. 4

12 Savages by Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster: $25) Laguna Beach drug dealers take on a violent Baja Cartel. 1

13 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. 10

14 Point Dume by Katie Arnoldi (Overlook: $24.95) Surf culture and marijuana farming collide in Malibu. 5

15 Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis (Knopf: $24.95) An L.A. noir nightmare that returns to "Less Than Zero's" characters as they near middle age. 5

16 The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (Dial Press: $25) The goings-on at a ragtag English-language newspaper in Rome. 7

17 The Search by Nora Roberts (Putnam: $26.95) A newfound romance between dog lovers is disturbed by a copycat serial killer. 2

18 The Overton Window by Glenn Beck (Threshold: $26) A public relations exec encounters a threatening conspiracy. 5

19 The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Disney Hyperion: $17.99) Percy Jackson and his army of demigods battle the Lord of Time. 30

20 A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge: $22.99) A dog is reborn several times before finding his true purpose. 1

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
Place Book Weeks on list
1 Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco: $26.99) A gastronome's journey for foodies everywhere. 5

2 Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern (HarperCollins: $15.99) A son's compilation of his elderly father's ramblings and observations. 9

3 Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth (Scribner: $24) How the connection between eating and core beliefs brings fulfillment. 15

4 War by Sebastian Junger (Twelve: $26.99) The author's account of 14 months with a U.S. Army platoon in Afghanistan. 9

5 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. 17

6 Role Models by John Waters (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $25) A quasi-memoir from the iconoclastic movie director. 6

7 Furious Love by Nancy Schoenberger and Sam Kashner (Harper: $27.99) The high-octane marriage of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton 3

8 Orange Sunshine by Nicolas Schou (Thomas Dunne: $24.99) The history of a band of '60's LSD-dealing hippies, the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. 2

9 Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle (Free Press: $25) A Jesuit priest recounts working with L.A. youth through his gang intervention program. 15

10 Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson (Harper: $19.99) How "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and a little black dress influenced a generation. 2

11 Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens (Twelve: $26.99) The contrarian shares his political and personal life stories. 6

12 Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees (Tyndale House: $26.99) The Super Bowl MVP's faces adversity in this comeback story. 1

13 Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen (Harmony: $16) Dietary advice to improve brain function and overall health. 6

14 Golden Gateby Kevin Starr (Bloomsbury: $23) A chronicle of the the longest suspension bridge in the world. 1

15 The Shallows by Nicolas Carr (Norton: $26.95) The effect of technology on our brains. 1

16 LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary by DK Publishing (DK Publishing: $21.99) Details, history and lingo about all the Star Wars characters and vehicles. 3

17 Seven Events That Made America by Larry Schweikart (Sentinel: $25.95) Pivotal events that transformed America. 1

18 101 Things I learned in Culinary School by Louis Eguaras (Grand Central: $15) Insights into the cooking profession from a Le Cordon Bleu Chef. 1

19 Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg (Little, Brown: $23.99) A literary agent's crack-addicted confessional. 1

20 The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman (Harper: $25.99) The stand-up comic known for her salty humor shares her life story. 10

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 ($13)

4 Tinkers by Paul Harding ($14.95)

5 Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese ($15.95)

6 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ($7.99)

7 The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein ($14.99)

8 Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer ($14.99) The final book in the "Twilight" saga finds Bella choosing immorality.

9 Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard ($8.99)

10 Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger ($15)

11 A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick ($14.95)

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

13 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ($14.99)

14 Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving ($17)

15 Under the Dome by Stephen King ($19.99)

Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers
Place Book
1 Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert ($16)

2 Three Cups of Tea by David Oliver Relin and Greg Mortenson ($16)

3 Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad ($14.99)

4 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain ($15.99)

5 Zeitoun by Dave Eggers ($15.95)

6 Food Rules by Michael Pollan ($11)

7 Lit by Mary Karr ($14.99)

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

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

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

11 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls ($15)

12 Julie & Julia by Julie Powell ($7.99)

13 Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt ($15.99)

14 The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ($15.99)

15 Devil in the White City by Erik Larson ($15)

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