Malibu’s Top Ten Books

Local author Katie Arnoldi’s new novel “The Wentworths,” a tale of a disturbing Westside family, sits at the top of this month’s fiction list, beating out new work from some other, more nationally known literary authors: Jhumpa Lahiri, Alexander McCall Smith, Joyce Carol Oates and Richard Price. Malibu’s One Book, One City read, “California Poetry,” also made the list. For nonfiction, David Rensin’s new book on surfer Miki Dora, “All for a Few Perfect Waves,” is number one, with two straight-out-of-the-gate bestsellers, “The Last Lecture” and Maria Shriver’s “Just Who Will You Be?,” following close behind. For children’s books, the grand finale of one of the best series around, “The Five Ancestors,” has just come out: “Eagle.”


1. “The Wentworths,” by Katie Arnoldi, hardcover, Overlook Press, $23.95

2. “The Unaccustomed Earth,” by Jhumpa Lahiri, hardcover, Knopf, $25

3. “The Savage Detectives,” by Roberto Bolano, paperback, Picador, $15

4. “The Witch of Portobello,” by Paulo Coelho, paperback, Harper, $13.95


5. “The Miracle at Speedy Motors,” by Alexander McCall Smith, hardcover, Pantheon, $22.95

6. “California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present,” edited by Dana Gioia, paperback, Heyday Books, $21.95

7. “Our Story Begins,” by Tobias Wolff, hardcover, Knopf, $26.95

8. “The Gravedigger’s Daughter,” by Joyce Carol Oates, paperback, Harper, $15.95

9. “Gidget,” by Frederick Kohner, paperback, Berkley, $13

10. “Lush Life,” by Richard Price, hardcover, Farrar Straus Giroux, $26


1. “All for a Few Perfect Waves,” by David Rensin, hardcover, Harper, $25.95

2. “The New Earth,” by Eckhart Tolle, paperback, Penguin, $14

3. “The Last Lecture,” by Randy Pausch, hardcover, Harper, $21.95

4. “Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg Mortenson, paperback, Penguin, $15

5. “The Malibu Cookbook,” by Dolores Rivellino, hardcover, Authorhouse, $28.49

6. “Skinny Bitch,” by Rory Freedman, paperback, Perseus, $13.95

7. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” by Jean-Dominique Bauby, paperback, Random House, $12.95

8. “Just Who Will You Be?,” by Maria Shriver, hardcover, Harper, $14.95

9. “What Now,” by Ann Patchett, hardcover, Harper, $14.95

10. “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World,” by Lewis Hyde, paperback, Random, $14.95


1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules,” by Jeff Kinney, hardcover, Abrams, $12.95

2. “Cathy’s Book: If Found Call (650) 266-8233,” by Sean Stewart, paperback, Running Press, $9.95

3. “Alphabet,” by Matthew Van Fleet, hardcover, Simon and Schuster, $19.99

4. “The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss, hardcover, Random House, $14.95

5. “Eagle (The Five Ancestors, #5),” by Jeff Stone, hardcover, Random House, $15.99

6. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!,” by Dr. Seuss, hardcover, Random House, $17.99

7. “The Tail of Emily Windsnap,” by Liz Kessler, paperback, Candlewick Press, $5.99

8. “The Way Back Home,” by Oliver Jeffers, hardcover, Philomel, $16.99

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

10. “Nobodies,” by N. E. Bode, paperback, Harper, $6.99

Book list provided by Diesel, A Bookstore

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