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Mindfulness makes the July 11, 2010, L.A. Times bestseller list

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Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh's treatise on mindfulness, "You Are Here," marks its fourth week on our nonfiction bestseller list. Thich Nhat Hanh was born in Vietnam 73 years ago, joined a Zen monastery as a teenager and, at age 30, was named editor in chief of the periodical "Vietnamese Buddhism." His work advocating for peace in the face of the Vietnam War set him on a path in opposition to military powers; in 1973, after studying and teaching in America for a few years, he was denied permission to return (he eventually was allowed back, in 2005). Thich Nhat Hanh moved to France and continued to travel the world, establishing meditation centers and courses of religious study; he also publishes regularly. His book "You Are Here," published by independent Buddhist publisher Shambhala, is geared for Westerners interested in engaging with Buddhist practices. It bears a blurb from no less than the Dali Lama: "Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the connection between personal inner peace and peace on Earth."

-- Carolyn Kellogg
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The complete hardcover and paperback bestseller lists, for both nonfiction and fiction, are after the jump.

Photo: Thich Nhat Hanh, second from left, greets a supporter in 2004 as he led more than 200 Buddhist monks and nuns in a procession through Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Fiction

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.”

6

2.

The Passage by Justin Cronin (Ballantine: $27) An apocalypse with fangs: A military experiment with vampires imperils humanity.

3

3.

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.

3

4.

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press: $27.99) Bailbondswoman Stephanie Plum must spring her cousin Vinny from a bunch of thugs.

2

5.

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

8

6.

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.

8

7.

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

3

8.

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.

2

9.

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

3

10.

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

57

11.

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

3

12.

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

7

13.

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

6

14.

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

28

15.

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham (Dutton: $16.99) A 13-year-old aspiring lawyer finds himself in the middle of a murder trial.

5

16.

Dark Flame by Alyson Noel (St. Martin's/Griffin: $17.99) When a spell backfires, an immortal is drawn to her enemy.

1

17.

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

4

18.

The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse (Free Press: $23) The lives of Mexican Americans converge over the shooting of a young girl in an L.A. suburb.

2

19.

Frankenstein: Lost Souls by Dean Koontz (Bantam:  $27) Husband-and-wife detectives must save a Montana town from Victor and his replicant pod people.

2

20.

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

2

Nonfiction

1.

Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco: $26.99) A gastronome's journey: for foodies everywhere.

3

2.

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

5

3.

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

7

4.

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

13

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.

15

6.

The Promise by Jonathan Alter (Simon & Schuster: $28) An inside look at President Obama's first year.

6

7.

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

4

8.

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

13

9.

You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh (Shambhala: $19.95). Buddhist techniques and practices for finding happiness by living in the moment.

4

10.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen (Harmony: $25.99) Dietary advice to improve brain function and overall health.

4

11.

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

9

12.

Psychic by Sylvia Browne (HarperOne: $25.99) How a girl from Missouri became a world-famous psychic.

1

13.

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

1

14.

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Gallup Press: $22.95) An upgraded assessment on how to find your top talents.

4

15.

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

7

16.

Cake Wrecks by Jen Yates  (Andrews McMeel $12.99) Commentary and behind-the-scenes tidbits on professional cake calamities.

1

17.

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

21

18.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99). An exploration of the background of high achievers.

67

19.

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

5

20.

Between a Heart and a Rock Place by Pat Benatar  (William Morrow: $25.99) The singer's account of her life as a wife, mom...and rock'n'roller.

2


Paperbacks Fiction

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.

Tinkers by Paul Harding ($14.95)


5.

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


6.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese ($15.95)


7.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan ($7.99)


8.

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


9.

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


10.

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan ($7.99)


11.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ($13.95)


12.

Swimsuit by James Patterson ($14.99)


13.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman ($16)


14.  

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón ($15.95)


15.    

 Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard ($8.99)


Paperbacks: Non-Fiction

1.

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


2.

Food Rules by Michael Pollan ($7.99)


3.

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


4.

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers ($15.95)


5.

Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming ($16.95)


6.

Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad ($14.99)


7.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle ($14)


8.

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


9.

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


10.

Take Four by Karen Kingsbury ($14.99)


11.

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


12.

The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek ($17)


13.

Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman ($14.95)


14.

Man, Interrupted by James Bailey ($14.95)


15.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ($14.99)


Rankings are based on a weekly poll of Southern California bookstores.


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