The Los Angeles Times tracks bestselling books in the Los Angeles area. According to their data, the following 5 books are the top hardcover nonfiction bestsellers in the Los Angeles area for the week of December 19, 2010.
1. In the Los Angeles area, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand ranks No. 1 in hardcover nonfiction bestsellers. According to The New York Times, which tracks book sales nationwide, Unbroken ranks No. 3. Unbroken is the compelling story of Air Force Lieutenant Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who survived a plane crash. Author Laura Hillenbrand is also known for her 2003 New York Times bestseller Seabiscuit.
2. For the seventh week, Life by Keith Richards with James Fox is a bestseller in the Los Angeles area. This week Life ranks fourth in hardcover nonfiction bestsellers nationwide. Life is the autobiography of the famous Rolling Stones musician Keith Richards, and is a story of fame, loves, run-ins with the law, drugs, exile, and above all, devotion to music.
3. I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections ranks third in the Los Angeles area and ninth nationwide in hardcover nonfiction bestsellers. I Remember Nothing is a collection of humorous essays by novelist and screenwriter Nora Ephron, who is well-known for her feature films, including "When Harry Met Sally..." "You've Got Mail," and more recently, "Julie and Julia."
4. In the Los Angeles area, Decision Points by former President George W. Bush ranks No. 4 in hardcover nonfiction bestsellers but is No. 1 nationwide. It is interesting that a former president who left office with an extremely low approval rating of somewhere between 22 and 34 percent wrote a memoir that is selling enough copies to be on the bestseller list.
5. Ranking No. 5 in the Los Angeles area again this week is The Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Vol. 1, by Mark Twain, edited by Harriet Smith and the editors of the Mark Twain Project. Mark Twain requested that his autobiography be published 100 years following his death to give him the freedom to air his unconventional views without fear of falling into disfavor. The Autobiography of Mark Twain ranks No. 2 across the nation this week.
All of the books discussed in this article are available in various formats at Los Angeles area Barnes and Noble bookstores and can be ordered through Amazon.com. They are also available at the Los Angeles Public Library.