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The bi-weekly lists for fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children's books are compiled from national bookseller and media bestseller information. Click a book's title for more information.

TOP TEN FICTION

1. The Painted Girls - Cathy Marie Buchanan
This is a beautiful novel about two sisters, set in belle époque Paris. One, a young ballerina, becomes a model for Degas, while the other finds herself wrapped up in a dangerous love affair. Read more

2. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Journey with the lovable hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he accompanies a band of dwarfs and a wizard on a wild adventure. Read more

3. The Imposter Bride - Nancy Richler
A young woman searches for the mother that abandoned her in this Giller Prize-nominated novel. The Imposter Bride is set in Montreal and written by Canadian author Nancy Richler, so this is a great read for CanLit fans! Read more

4. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
Join a reluctant centenarian on one wild adventure, filled with crime, a suitcase stuffed with cash, an elephant, and plenty of vodka. Read more

5. The Blood Gospel - James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell
Bestselling author James Rollins teams up with Rebecca Cantrell to tell a gripping story about an ancient order and the hunt for a miraculous book known only as The Blood Gospel. Love mystery? Suspense? History? Adventure? This one's for you! Read more

6. Ever After - Kim Harrison
At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection... Read more

7. The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
In Washington, D.C., a homeless man takes an assassin's bullet and dies in Commander Gray Pierce's arms. A bloody coin clutched in the dead man's hand, an ancient relic that can be traced back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi, is the key to a conspiracy that dates back to the Cold War and threatens the very foundation of humanity. Read more

8. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Ayana Mathis
Langston Cane V is 38, divorced and working as a government speechwriter, until he is fired for sabotaging the minister’s speech. It seems the perfect time for Langston, the eldest son of a white mother and prominent black father, to embark on a quest to discover his family's past-and his own sense of self. Read more

9. The Intercept - Dick Wolf
The men of the Bastion Club proved their bravery secretly fighting for their country. Now their leader faces that most dangerous mission of all: finding a bride. As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club known as "Dalziel," Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. Read more

10. The Age of Hope - David Bergen
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. Read more

Weeks ending August 15, 2009
TOP TEN NON FICTION

1. Wheat Belly - William Davis, MD
Welcome to my Food Revolution. This book is inspired by all the people I’ve met who thought they could never and would never learn how to cook. Of course, that kind of thinking is like a red rag to a bull to me because I believe that simple home cooking is one of the most basic, primal skills that every single person on this planet should have in order to look after themselves, their families and their friends. Read more

2. Wheat Belly Cookbook - William Davis, MD
The fatherless boy, exiled from his tribe, whom readers have been following in Wolf of the Plains and Lords of the Bow, has grown into the great king, Genghis Khan. He has united the warring tribes and even taken his armies against the great cities of their oldest enemies. Read more

3. Always Looking Up - Michael J. Fox
There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Star. Husband. Father. Activist. But one word encapsulates everything he stands for, everything he's accomplished: Optimist. Struck with Parkinson's--a debilitating, degenerative disease--at the height of his fame... Read more

4. Got Fight? - Forrest Griffin, Erich Krauss
Wondering why you should purchase this book when there are other titles on the shelves written by much higher-caliber fighters? Well, Forrest Griffin is not as good-looking as those guys. He's not as smart as them. He's also not as athletically endowed. And let's face it, neither are you. Read more

5. The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come. Read more

6. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man - Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey, the host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, can't count the number of impressive women he's met over the years, whether it's through the "Strawberry Letters" segment of his program or while on tour for his comedy shows. These are women who can run a small business, keep a household with three kids in tiptop shape, and chair a church group all at the same time. Read more

7. Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America - Ted Floyd
This new field guide provides a suite of modern tools to effectively aid in the identification of more than 750 species of birds across North America. It introduces a "whole bird" approach by concisely gathering a collection of information about birds into one portable and well-organized volume. Read more

8. Waiter Rant - Steve Dublanica
According to The Waiter, eighty percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining twenty percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths. Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places. Read more

9. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus - John Gray
Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences. Then they came to Earth and amnesia set in: they forgot they were from different planets. Read more

10. My Booky Wook - Russell Brand
Russell Brand learned early on to make a joke of fear and failure. From a troubled childhood in industrial Essex, England, to his descent into addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex in the seamy underbelly of London, Brand has seen his share of both and miraculously lived to tell the tale. Read more

Weeks ending August 15, 2009
TOP TEN KIDS

1. L.A. Candy - Lauren Conrad
Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer . . . everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can't wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun. Read More

2. Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative journey to where the wild things are. Read more

3. Warriors Super Edition: Bluestar's Prophecy - Erin Hunter
Four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest for generations, thriving in their territories. But tensions are running high, and ThunderClan must assert its strength or risk falling prey to its power-hungry neighbors. Read More

4.The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and the Struggle - L.J. Smith
Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants. Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past. Read more

5. Dark Calling - Margaret Wise Brown
In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room -- to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to themittens and the kittens, toeverything one by one -- the little bunny says goodnight....Read more

6. The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion - L.J. Smith
Collected here in one edition are the third and fourth volumes of The Vampire Diaries, a riveting conclusion to the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them. Read more

7. Pretty Little Liars #6: Killer - Sara Shepard
In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie—and so do Rosewood's four prettiest girls. Read more

8. Vampire Kisses: The Beginning: The Beginning - Ellen Schreiber
The mansion on top of Benson Hill has stood empty for years. But one day it seems to be occupied, and its mysterious, handsome inhabitant Alexander Sterling becomes the source of much talk around town. Raven, a vampire-obsessed Goth-girl who has always considered herself an outsider in "Dullsville," is determined to uncover the truth... Read more

9. Warriors: Power of Three #4: Eclipse - Erin Hunter
Firestar's three grandchildren have learned of the powerful prophecy that foretells their destinies, and the responsibility of deciding the Clans' future weighs heavily on the three apprentices. But each secretly yearns for power... Read more

10. Little Critter Storybook Collection - Mercer Mayer
This new collection features seven of your favorite Little Critter stories! Join Little Critter as he enters the school science fair, builds his own growing machine, trains for a big race, enjoys a snowy day, becomes the captain of a tugboat, drives a dump truck, and spends a weekend with Grandma and Grandpa. When Little Critter is your friend, even the most ordinary day can turn into an adventure! Read more

Weeks ending July 11, 2009