Malibu’s top 10 books

Author Anne Lamott signs books at Malibu City Hall following at a talk at the Malibu Civic Theatre. Lamott's book "Help, Thanks, Wow," 

May might not have brought much rain but it did bring a deluge of new titles in fiction, nonfiction and children’s categories. The much-awaited books by Dan Brown and Khaled Hosseini have gone straight to bestseller as eager, devoted fans of both authors pop in to pick up their latest novels. Local flavor peppers the nonfiction list with new books by Lou Spirito, Gabrielle Reece and Tom Shadyac! And the new John Green, the Diesel favorite Timmy Failure and the runaway bestselling Veronica Roth series are all stars on the kids list this month. Keep an eye out for one of the best, and most talked about, novels of the year, coming out in June: “The Son” by Philipp Meyer—not to be missed! All are available at the local, independent community bookstore Diesel, A Bookstore.

Here are May’s top-selling titles:


1. “Inferno,” by Dan Brown

2. “A Delicate Truth,” by John Le Carré

3. “And the Mountains Echoed,” by Khaled Hosseini

4. “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

5. “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” by Marisa Semple

6. “Life After Life,” by Kate Atkinson

7. “Beautiful Ruins,” by Jess Walter

8. “The Dinner,” by Herman Koch

9. “Ghostman,” by Roger Hobbs

10. “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia,” by Mohsin Hamid


1. “Help, Thanks, Wow,” by Anne Lamott

2. “Gimme Shelter,” by Lou Spirito

3. “My Foot is Too Big For the Glass Slipper,” by Gabrielle Reece, with Karen Karbo

4. “Cooked Seed,” by Anchee Min

5. “Lean In,” by Sheryl Sandberg

6. “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” by David Sedaris

7. “It’s All Good,” by Gwyneth Paltrow

8. “Country Girl,” by Edna O’Brien

9. “Life’s Operating Manual,” by Tom Shadyac

10. “Silent Spring,” by Rachel Carson


1. “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” by Dr. Seuss

2. “The Dark,” by Lemony Snicket

3. “Fancy Nancy Fanciest Doll in the Universe,” by Jane O’Connor

4. “Timmy Failure Mistakes Were Made,” by Stephen Pastis

5. “An Abundance of Katharines,” by John Green

6. “The Maze Runner,” by James Dashner

7. “Wonderstruck,” by Brian Selznick

8. “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green

9. “Again!” by Emily Gravett

10. “Insurgent,” by Veronica Roth Bestseller provided by DIESEL, A Bookstore at the Malibu Country Mart.