Malibu’s Top Ten Books


Stieg Larsson’s first two mysteries remain on the top 10 list, with everyone reading them in preparation for the third and final one which comes out May 25.

Not just Sweden, but Beijing and Shanghai figure prominently on the fiction list this time, with a new book by Henning Mankell, and Lisa See’s latest, now out in paperback.

In nonfiction, substantial and thoughtful books on contemporary values vie with humor books for attention.

In children’s books, the Percy Jackson & Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies have propelled the books back onto the list. Also, the wonderful “Purple Kangaroo” has popped onto the list.


1. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” by Stieg Larsson, paperback, Vintage,$14.95

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

3. “Little Bee,” by Chris Cleave, paperback, Simon & Schuster, $14

4. “Let the Great World Spin,” by Colum McCann, paperback, Random House, $15

5. “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” by Stieg Larsson, hardcover, Knopf, $24.95

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

7. “Cutting for Stone,” by Abraham Verghese, paperback, Vintage, $15.95

8. “The Man From Beijing,” by Henning Mankell, hardcover, Knopf, $25.95

9. “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See, paperback, Random House, $15

10. “The Three Weissmanns of Westport,” by Cathleen Schine, hardcover, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, $25.95


1. “Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street,” by Jim Wallis, hardcover, Howard Books, $24

2. “Organic Marin: Recipes From Land to Table,” by Tim Porter, hardcover, Andrews McMeel, $29.99

3. “Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage,” by Elizabeth Gilbert, hardcover, Viking Books, $26.95

4. “Free for All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Story Ever Told,” by Joseph Papp & Kenneth Turan, hardcover, Doubleday, $39.95

5. “Food Rules,” by Michael Pollan, paperback, Penguin, $11

6. “Man, Interrupted: Welcome to the Bizarre World of OCD, Where Once More Is Never Enough,” by James Bailey, paperback, Mainstream Publishing, $14.95

7. “Past Due: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy,” by Peter S. Gordon, hardcover, Times Books, $25

8. “How We Decide,” by Jonah Lehrer, paperback, Mariner Books, $14.95

9. “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang,” by Chelsea Handler, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing, $25.99

10. “Grandma’s Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals,” by Amanda McCall & Ben Schwartz, paperback, Harper, $9.99


1. “The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary,” by Jeff Kinney, hardcover, Amulet, $14.95

2. “Priscilla & The Hollyhocks,” by Anne Broyles, hardcover, Charlesbridge Publishing, $15.95

3. “The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, No. 1),” by Rick Riordan, paperback, Disney-Hyperion, $7.99

4. “The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, No. 5),” by Rick Riordan, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion, $17.99

5. “You’ve Got Mad Libs,” by Leonard Stern, paperback, Price Stern Sloan, $3.99

6. “My Little Red Toolbox,” Stephen T. Johnson, hardcover, HMH Books, $19.99

7. “The Very Quiet Cricket’s Favorite Words,” by Eric Carle, board book, Grosset & Dunlap, $3.99

8. “The Purple Kangaroo,” by Ian Michael Black, hardcover, Simon & Schuster, $16.99

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

10. “Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt,” a Marine & a Miracle,” by Brian Dennis, hardcover, Little, Brown, $17.99