Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Tristate best sellers list


(This week/Last week)

        1. (4) 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.” 2. (3) The Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier (Plume; $12). Novel uses Vermeer's portrait as a starting point.

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

        4. (2) 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.

        5. (—) Fortune's Rocks, Anita Shreve (Back Bay Books; $13.95). Story of passion and scandal at the end of the 19th century.

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

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

        8. (—) Easy Prey, John Sandford (Berkley; $7.99). Past presents harrowing case for detective Lucas Davenport.

        9. (—) City of God, E.L. Doctorow (Plume; $13). Author explores “our wrecked romance with God” with the Big Bang, a Divinity Detective, Albert Einstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Frank Sinatra.

        10. (—) Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland (Penguin; $11). The ownership of a supposed Vermeer painting is traced back to the moment of its inspiration, illuminating the poignant moments of the owners' lives.


(This week/Last week)

        1. (—) Turn Off the Fat Genes, Dr. Neal D. Barnard (Harmony; $23.95). Subtitled “The Revolutionary Guide to Taking Charge of the Genes that Control Your Weight.”

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

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

        4. (—) The Word Detective, Evan Morris (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; $17.95). Subtitled “Solving the Mysteries Behind Those Pesky Words and Phrases.”

        5. (—) Life Strategies, Phillip C. McGraw (Hyperion; $11.95). Subtitled “Doing What Works, Doing What Matters.”

        6. (—) The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly (Broadway; $23). Good, bad and ridiculous in American life.

        7. (—) Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth, Ric Edelman (HarperBusiness; $14). How ordinary people become successful investors.

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

        9. (—) How to Know God, Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers; $14). Compelling vision of afterlife by author of Perfect Health.

        10.(—) I'll Cook When Pigs Fly, (Junior League, $19.95). Junior League cookbook in relation to the Big Pig Gig with cover by Jim Borgman.

        About the list: Participants: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Books & Co., Montgomery Book Co., The Open Book. Based on book sales ending week of March 3. (—) indicates a book was not on the list the previous week.


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