Tuesday, March 06, 2001

Tristate best sellers list


(This week/Last week)

        1. (—) Blood Lure, Nevada Barr (Putnam; $24.95). Trip to national park goes awry.

        2. (1) We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates (Plume, $13.95). The disintegration of a family after a daughter is raped; current Oprah's Book Club selection.

        3. (3) The Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier (Plume; $12). Novel uses Vermeer's portrait as a starting point.

        4. (2) A Painted House, John Grisham (Doubleday; $27.95). A contemplative story of sharecroppers set in 1952 rural Arkansas with typical Grisham tension between migrant Mexicans and “hill people.” 5. (6) Deep South, Nevada Barr (Berkley Publishing; $6.99) Park ranger/detective Anna Pigeon gets herself promoted smack dab into the mysterious death of a local beauty queen.

        6. (—) The Bonesetter's Daughter, Amy Tan (Putnam; $25.95). Story is told from two (mother, daughter) perspectives.

        7.(4) Brethren, John Grisham (Island Books; $7.99). Three disgraced former judges in federal prison and their machinations.

        8.(—) The Red Tent, Anita Diamant (Picador; $14). New view of Dinah, who appears briefly in the Book of Genesis.

        9.(5) House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus (Vintage; $14). Latest Oprah Book Club pick. Three fragile and determined people relentlessly entangled in an escalating crisis.

        10.(—) Cradle and All, James Patterson (Warner Vision; $7.99). Plagues, famine and an awful miracle involving pregnant virgins.


(This week/Last week)

        1. (9) Hiss and Tell: True Stories From the Files of a Cat Shrink, Pam Johnson-Bennett (Penguin USA; $12).

        2. (1) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson (Putnam; $19.95). Dealing with change at work and in life.

        3. (—) Ice Bound, Jerri Nielsen, MaryAnne Vollers (Talk Miramax Books; $23.95). Doctor, stationed in Antarctica, battles breast cancer.

        4. (—) Divided Lives: The Untold Stories of Jewish-Christian Women in Nazi Germany, Cynthia Crane (St. Martin's Press; $26.95).

        5. (5) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (Vintage, $14). Memoir: Mr. Eggers raised 8-year-old brother Toph.

        6. (—) The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen; $12.95). Subtitled “A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.”

        7. (—) The Community Dream, Pat C. Brockman (Woven Word Press; $21). Subtitled “Awaking the Christian Tribal Consciousness.”

        8. (—) Cincinnati Today, Miles Wolf (Wolf Publishing; $27.95). Collection of photographs.

        9. (—) The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love, Jill Conner Browne (Three Rivers Press, $12). The original adventures of the bawdy Jackson, Miss., bunch.

        10.(—) Body-for-Life, Bill Phillips, Michael D'Orso (HarperCollins; $26). 12 weeks to mental and physical strength.

        About the list: Participants: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Books & Co., Montgomery Book Co., The Open Book. Based on book sales ending week of Feb. 24. (—) indicates a book was not on the list the previous week.


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