What Southern California is reading this week

game-change-cover.jpgThe new bestseller lists are posted, covering sales in local independent bookstores through last Sunday — and you just can't get any fresher than that. The politics talker that everyone is talking about, "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime," by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, is up to number two, and fans of Trader Joe's will like the newest arrival on the trade nonfiction list. Otherwise, SoCal readers are impressively consistent: still number one in their categories are "The Help," "Committed," The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Three Cups of Tea."

Book sale of note: Actor Ted Danson and co-author Mike D'Orso will write "a celebratory and cautionary look at the world's oceans...the culmination of more than two decades of study, activism, and teaching, including Danson's story of how he came to make ocean preservation his life's work." Sold to Rodale for publication in winter 2011, says Publishers Lunch.

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