Malibu’s Top Ten Books


New summer books are here: “Point Dume,” “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” and the first in the new Rick Riordan series, “Kane Chronicles: Red Pyramid.” Local author Katie Arnoldi’s fictional take on Malibu’s history and present beat out Stieg Larsson’s latest, much anticipated novel. Larsson has, however, landed three of his novels on the fiction list at the same time. Don’t miss the highly praised, sleeper bestseller and award winner “Tinkers,” No. 10 this month on the fiction list. In nonfiction, Sebastian Junger’s “War” is getting a great deal of attention as is the powerfully told, “A Thousand Sisters.” For children, a wonderful range of books graces this list, from sharks to princesses, wimpy kids to llamas.


1. “Point Dume,” by Katie Arnoldi, hardcover, Overlook Press, $24.95

2. “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky,” by Heidi W. Durrow, hardcover, Algonquin Books, $22.95

3. “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” by Stieg Larsson, hardcover, Knopf, $27.95

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

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

6. “Tell-All,” by Chuck Palahniuk, hardcover, Doubleday, $24.95

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

8. “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” by Stieg Larsson, paperback, Vintage, $15.95

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

10. “Tinkers,” by Paul Harding, paperback, Bellevue Literary Press,$14.95


1. “A Thousand Sisters: My Journey Into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman,” by Lisa Shannon and Zainab Salbi, hardcover, Seal Press, $24.95

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

3. “If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!: The Pilgrimage of Psychotherapy Patients,” by Sheldon Kopp, paperback, Bantam, $7.99

4. “In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart,” by Alice Waters, hardcover, Clarkson Potter, $28

5. “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” by Chelsea Handler, paperback, Gallery, $16

6. “Just Kids,” by Patti Smith, hardcover, Ecco, $27

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

8. “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Ever Seen,” by Christopher McDougall, hardcover, Knopf, $24.95

9. “War,” by Sebastian Junger, hardcover, Twelve, $26.99

10. “When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories From a Persuasive Man,” by Jerry Weintraub, hardcover, Twelve, $25.99


1. “The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid,” by Rick Riordan, hardcover, Hyperion Books, $17.99

2. “Shark Kit” (with CDROM and Profile Cards and Map and Wall Chart), hardcover, DK Publishing, $29.99

3. “The Paperback Bag Princess,” by Robert Munsch, paperback, Annick Press, $6.95

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

5. “Feed,” by M.T. Anderson, paperback, Candlewick Press, $7.99

6. “SuperHero ABC,” by Bob McLeod, paperback, $7.00, HarperCollins

7. “Llama Llama Mad at Mama,” by Anna Dewdney, hardcover, Viking Juvenile, $16.99

8. “Sweet Little Lies: An L.A. Candy Novel,” by Lauren Conrad, hardcover, HarperCollins, $17.99

9. “The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book,” by Jeff Kinney, hardcover, Amulet, $10.95

10. “Wave,” by Suzy Lee, hardcover, Chronicle Books, $15.99

Book list provided by Diesel, A Bookstore