Malibu’s Top 10 Books

The Malibu Times will publish a monthly list of the Top 10 nonfiction, fiction and children’s books compiled by Diesel, A Bookstore in Malibu.

This month, at the top of the nonfiction chart is the “9/11 Commission Report,” which is said to read like a novel. Diesel, A Bookstore sold out of the initial shipment of the book within three days but has ordered more. Diesel bookstore owner John Evans commented, “It’s great to see such a topical and official document be grabbed up so quickly. This is the kind of thing that revivifies one’s faith in the body politic.”

Top 10 Nonfiction

1. “The 9/11 Commission Report,” by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks, W. W. Norton, $10, paper.

2. “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” by David Sedaris, Little, Brown & Company, $24.95, cloth.

3. “1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” by Patricia Schultz, Workman Publishing, $18.95, paper.


4. “Inside the Kingdom,” by Carmen bin Laden, Warner Books, Inc., $23.95, cloth.

5. “Dude, Where’s My Country,” by Michael Moore, Warner Books, Inc., $14.95, paper.

6. “Thieves in High Places,” by Jim Hightower, Penguin USA, $14, paper.

7. “Devil in the White City,” by Erik Larson, Vintage, $14.95, paper.

8. “It’s Not About the Bike,” Lance Armstrong, Berkley Trade, $14, paper.

9. “Losing America, by Robert Byrd,” W. W. Norton, $19.95, cloth.

10. “The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific,” by J. Maarten Troost, Broadway Books, $ 12.95, paper.

Top 10 Fiction

1. “Middlesex,” by Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador USA, $15, paper.

2. “The Kite Runner,” by Hosseini Khaled, The Penguin Group, $14, paper.

3. “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle,” by Haruki Murakami, Knopf Publishing Group, $15, paper.

4. “Kissing in Manhattan,” by David Schickler, Dell Publishing Company, Inc., $14, paper.

5. “What I Loved,” by Siri Hustvedt, Picador USA, $14, paper.

6. “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” by Alexander McCall Smith, Knopf Publishing Group, $11.95, paper.

7. “The Known World,” by Edward P. Jones, HarperCollins, $13.95, paper.

8. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” by Mark Haddon, Vintage Books, $12, paper.

9. “You Are Not a Stranger Here,” by Adam Haslett, Bantam Doubleday Dell, $13, paper.

10. “Little Scarlet,” by Walter Moseley, Little, Brown & Company, $24.95, cloth.

Top Ten Children’s

1. “Andrew Lost #6: In the Whale,” by J. C. Greenburg, Bantam Doubleday Dell, $3.99, paper.

2. “Time For Kids Almanac 2005 (with Facts Monster),” by Editors Beth Rowan & Curtis Slepian, Time for Kids Books, $11.99, paper.

3. “The Thief Lord,” by Cornelia Funke, Scholastic Inc., $6.99, paper.

4. “Coraline,” by Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins, $5.99, paper.

5. “Walter the Farting Dog,” by William Kotzwinkle, Frog Ltd., $15.99, cloth.

6. “Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble At the Yard Sale,” by William Kotzwinkle, Dutton, $15.99, cloth.

7. “Dr. Ernest Drake’s Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons,” by Ernest Drake, Candlewick Press, $19.99, cloth.

8. “Yakov and the Seven Thieves,” by Madonna, Callaway Editions, Inc., $19.95, cloth.

9. “Speak,” by Laurie Halse Anderson, Puffin Books, $8.99, paper.

10. “Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School,” by Mark Teague, Scholastic Inc., $15.95, cloth.

Diesel, A Bookstore is located at

3890 Cross Creek Road

Malibu, CA 90265


The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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