Malibu’s Top Ten Books


The end-of-year bestseller lists are always comprised of the best of the year’s books as well as gift books that were top sellers. Many books have returned to the bestseller list after months of steady sales, appearing on Diesel, A Bookstore’s Top 50 display for the year and selling again as gifts during the holidays. The fiction Top 10 for the month of December is made up of mostly those sure-thing titles, with the addition of this year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize, “The Gathering,” by Anne Enright.

For the nonfiction list, it looks like a perfect selection of Malibu titles, with “The Godmother’s” (Dolores Rivellino) new cookbook in first and third place, for hardcover and paperback respectively. This is the first time that the same book is on the list in two places. Hot off the presses, “The Malibu Cookbook” was a must-have during the holidays. From comedy to music, art and those “Dangerous” books for boys and girls, the nonfiction list is a great selection of titles for the season.

For children, the two hot pop-ups scored big this season: “Star Wars” and “Dinomummy!” Two Christmas titles made it onto the bestseller list, too – “Olivia Helps with Christmas” and Frank McCourt’s wonderful story, “Angela and the Baby Jesus.” Rounding out the list is the award winning “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” one of the year’s best books for young readers.


1. “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” by Khaled Hosseini, hardcover, Riverhead, $25.95

2. “The Pillars of the Earth,” by Ken Follett, paperback, Penguin, $24.95

3. “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy, paperback, Vintage, $14.95

4. “The Power of the Dog,” by Don Winslow, paperback, Vintage, $14.95

5. “The World Without End,” by Ken Follett, hardcover, Penguin, $35

6. “What is the What,” by Dave Eggers, paperback, Random House, $15.95

7. “The Gathering,” by Anne Enright, paperback, Black Cat, $14

8. “Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure,” by Michael Chabon, hardcover, Del Rey, $21.95

9. “Water for Elephants,” by Sara Gruen, paperback, Algonquin Books, $13.95

10. “Love in the Time of Cholera,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, paperback, Random House, $14.95


1. “The Malibu Cookbook,” by Dolores Rivellino, hardcover, AuthorHouse, $28.49

2. “Eat, Pray, Love,” by Elizabeth Gilbert, paperback, Penguin, $15

3. “The Malibu Cookbook,” by Dolores Rivellino, paperback, AuthorHouse, $22.99

4. “The Daring Book for Girls,” by Andrea Buchanan, hardcover, Collins, $24.95

5. “Clapton,” by Eric Clapton, hardcover, Random House, $26

6. “The Here and Now,” by Sam Jones, hardcover, Harper, $39.95

7. “Born Standing Up,” by Steve Martin, hardcover, Scribner, $25

8. “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” by Conn Iggulden, hardcover, Collins, $24.95

9. “This is Your Brain on Music,” by Daniel Levitin, paperback, Penguin, $15

10. “Our Dumb World,” by The Onion, hardcover, Little Brown, $27.99


1. ” ,” by George Lucas, hardcover, Candlewick Press, $32.99

2. “Walter the Farting Dog Banned,” by William Kotzwinkle, hardcover, Dutton, $16.99

3. “Gallop,” by Rufus Seder, hardcover, Workman, $12.95

4. “The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials No. 1), by Philip Pullman, paperback, Random House, $7.50

5. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” by Jeff Kinney, hardcover, Abrams, $12.95

6. “Chewy Gooey Rumble Plop,” by Steve Alton, hardcover, Penguin, $17.99

7. “Dinomummy,” by Philip Manning, hardcover, Houghton Mifflin, $18.95

8. “Olivia Helps with Christmas,” by Ian Falconer, hardcover, Simon & Schuster, $18.99

9. “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” by Brian Selznick, hardcover, Scholastic, $22.99

10. “Angela and the Baby Jesus,” by Frank McCourt, hardcover, Simon & Schuster, $17.99

Book list provided by Diesel, A Bookstore