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Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Jan. 31, 2010

Nonfiction
1. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (Viking: $26.95) After being forced to wed, the author tackles her fears of marriage by delving into the history and background of the institution. 2
2. Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (Harper: $27.99) An insider's explanation of how the drama of the U.S. presidential campaign of 2008 unfolded. 2
3. Star by Peter Biskind (Simon & Schuster: $30) An intimate biography of Hollywood's leading ladies' man, Warren Beatty. 2
4. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) A collection of the author's writings of everyday and extraordinary people. 13
5. Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson (Viking: $26.95) The author's continued struggle to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan in this sequel to "Three Cups of Tea." 7
6. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $27.99) An exploration of the background of high achievers. 57
7. The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz (Amber-Allen: 19.95) How to recover your authentic self. 2
8. Drive by Daniel H. Pink (Riverhead: $26.95) A science-based case of rethinking what motivates people at work and home. 2
9. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (Hyperion: $23.99) Albom's observations of a rabbi and a pastor on an eight-year journey of faith. 17
10. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (Knopf: $24.95) An exploration of the Tarahumara Indians and their secrets of long-distance running. 5
11. Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin (Viking: $32.95) A behind-the-scenes account of the players in America's financial market crisis. 7
12. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Gallup Press: $22.95) An upgraded assessment on how to find your top talents. 1
13. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey ( Amistad: $23.99) The talk-show host lets women inside the mind-set of a man. 36
14. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (Harper: $25.99) A year spent trying to be happier by making small changes in various aspects of daily life. 1
15. Los Angeles, Portrait of a City by Kevin Starr and Jim Heimann (Taschen: $70) A photographic journey through the city's cultural, political, industrial and sociological history.

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