Malibu’s Top Ten Books


So, as you all know, the big news is Harry Potter No. 7-“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Children and parents, dressed as their favorite character, turned out to fill Diesel, A Bookstore for the book’s release party on midnight Friday. But the HP series isn’t the only one in town. The children’s bestseller list has the latest “Ranger’s Apprentice,” the first “Judy Moody,” the newest Clique novel and “The Lost Files of Nancy Drew.” Series books and fully imagined pop-up books dominate the list.

For nonfiction, “Eat, Pray, Love” still tops the list as a great summer read. A rare phenomenon, two memoirs of comedic greats, is on the list: Woody Allen’s “Mere Anarchy” and Don Rickles’ appropriately titled “Rickles’ Book.” Most of the rest of the list makes entertaining vacation reading, with lighter fare from Anthony Bourdain; “The Dangerous Book for Boys” and bad boy Christopher Hitchens’ “God is Not Great.”

For fiction, “The Feast of Love” is back on top. Based partially on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” it is a wonderful book for the summer. The film version is coming out this fall starring Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear.The new Khaled Hosseini and Lisa See books continue to sell well. Don’t miss “Astrid and Veronika,” Diesel’s book group’s selection for August (meets Aug. 8, at 7 p.m.-open to all), a stunning, emotional debut novel of two women’s friendship in Sweden.


1. “The Feast of Love,” by Charles Baxter, paperback, Vintage, $14

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

3. “Peony in Love,” by Lisa See, hardcover, Random House, $23.95

4. “Literacy and Longing in L.A.,” by Jennifer Kaufman, paper, Delta Publishing, $12

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

6. “The Emperor’s Children,” by Claire Messud, paperback, Vintage, $14.95

7. “Talk, Talk,” by T.C. Boyle, paperback, Penguin, $14

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

9. “Divisadero,” by Michael Ondaatje, hardcover, Knopf, $25.

10. “Astrid and Veronika,” by Linda Olsson, paperback, Penguin, $14


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

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

3. “God is Not Great,” by Christopher Hitchens, hardcover, Twelve Press, $24.99

4. “Hotel California,” by Barney Hoskyns, paperback, John Wiley & Sons, $15.95

5. “The Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne, hardcover, Beyond Words Publishing, $23.95

6. ‘The Diana Chronicles,” by Tina Brown, hardcover, Doubleday, $27.50

7. “Mere Anarchy,” by Woody Allen, hardcover, Random House, $21.95

8. “Rickles’ Book: A Memoir,” by Don Rickles, hardcover, Simon & Schuster, $24

9. “The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones,” by Anthony Bourdain, paperback, Bloomsbury, $14.95

10. “Malibu: California’s Most Famous Seaside Community,” by Marian Hall and Nick Rodionoff, paperback, Angel City Press, $25


1. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” by J.K. Rowling and Mary GrandPr√©, hardcover, Scholastic, $34.99

2. “Warriors: All the Truth, Tactics and Triumphs of the World’s Greatest Fighters,” by James Harpur, hardcover, Simon & Schuster, $21.99

3. “Sealed With a Diss (Clique No. 8),” by Lisi Harrison, paperback, Poppy, $9.99

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

5. “Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Mega Beasts,” by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, hardcover, Candlewick, $27.99

6. “Dog,” by Matthew Fleet, hardcover, Simon & Schuster, $14.99

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

8. “The Lost Files of Nancy Drew,” by Carolyn Keene, hardcover, Grossett & Dunlap, $19.99

9. “Judy Moody: Was in a Mood. Not a Good Mood. A Bad Mood,.” by Megan McDonald, paperback, Candlewick, $5.99

10. “The Icebound Land (The Ranger’s Apprentice No. 3),” by John Flanagan, hardcover, Philomel, $16.99