Malibu’s Top Ten Books


Locals and local events occupied Malibu’s reading choices this past month: Thomas Sawyer, Richard Matheson, Susan Stiffelman, Rachel Ashwell, Norman Molested. Pepperdine University’s Margaret Wise Brown theater event last month and Malibu Cinema’s showing of “The Wild Things” provided great inspiration for reading. What’s new: the latest books by Michael Connelly, Michael Chabon, R. Crumb, Malcolm Gladwell and Jeannette Walls, as well as “Dog Days,” the most recent book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series.


1. “No Place to Run,” by Thomas B. Sawyer, paperback, Sterling & Ross, $14.95

2. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” by Stieg Larsson and Reg Keeland, paperback, Vintage, $14.95

3. “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” by Muriel Barbery and Alison Anderson, paperback, Europa Editions, $15

4. ”Nine Dragons,” by Michael Connelly, hardcover, Little Brown, $27.99

5. “The Wild Things,” by Dave Eggers, et al, hardcover, McSweeney’s, $19.95

6. “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett, hardcover, Putnam, $24.95

7. “Manhood for Amateurs LP: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son, by Michael Chabon, hardcover, Harper, $25.99

8. “The Book of Genesis,” illustrated by R. Crumb, hardcover, W.W. Norton, $24.95

9. “Olive Kitteridge,” by Elizabeth Strout, paperback, Random House, $14

10. “Dystopia: Collected Stories,” by Richard Matheson, hardcover, Gauntlet Press, $50


1. “Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kinds While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected,” by Susan Stiffelman, paperback, Morgan James, $14.95

2. “Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party,” by Max Blumenthal, hardcover, Nation Books, $25

3. “Shabby Chic Interiors: My Rooms, Treasures, and Trinkets,” by Rachel Ashwell, hardcover, CICP Books, $35

4. “Wishful Drinking,” by Carrie Fisher, paperback, Simon & Schuster, $13.99

5. “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time,” by Greg Mortenson, paperback, Penguin, $15

6. “True Compass: A Memoir,” by Edward M. Kennedy, hardcover, Twelve, $35

7. “Chasing Waves: A Surfer’s Tale of Obsessive Wandering,” by Amy Waeschle, paperback, Mountaineers, $16.95

8. “What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, by Malcolm Gladwell, hardcover, Little Brown, $27.99

9. “Half Broke Horses,” by Jeannette Walls, hardcover, Scribner, $26

10. “Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival,” by Norman Ollestad, hardcover, Ecco, $25.99


1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” by Jeff Kinney, hardcover, Amulet Books, $13.95

2. “The Runaway Bunny,” by Margaret Wise Brown, hardcover, HarperTrophy, $6.99

3. “Goodnight Moon,” by Margaret Wise Brown, hardcover, HarperTrophy, $6.99

4. “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak, paperback, HarperTrophy, $8.95

5. “What Was I Scared Of?: A Glow-In-The-Dark Encounter,” by Dr. Seuss, hardcover, Random House, $11.99

6. “The Lightning Thief,” by Rick Riordan, paperback, Miramax, $7.99

7. “Yolonda’s Genius,” by Carol Fenner, paperback, Aladdin, $5.99

9. “The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me,” by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake, paperback, Puffin Books, $5.99

10. “Friends for Life,” by Madonna, hardcover, Puffin Books, $9.99

Provided by Diesel, A Bookstore