Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Tristate Best Sellers List


        1. (1) The Lovely Bones: A Novel, Alice Sebold (Little Brown; $21.95) Murder victim monitors the lives of family and killer left behind.

        2. (-) Full House, Janet Evanovich (St. Martins; $6.99) A quirky romance written prior to the author's Stephanie Plum series fame.

        3. (2) Charleston, John Jakes (E.P. Dutton; $26.95) Traces the early days of the city through the Civil War.

        4. (8) The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (Picador; $15) Funny lives of a dysfunctional family.

        5. (6) Empire Falls, Richard Russo (Vintage Books; $14.95) A slice of a nice guy's blue-collar, small-town life

        . 6. (7) A Traitor to Memory, Elizabeth George (Bantam; $7.99) New Scotland Yard detectives find unusual circumstances when called in for what appears to be a run-of-the-mill murder.

        7. (3) Red Rabbit, Tom Clancy (Putnam; $28.95) The spymaster's fictional speculation on the attempted assassination of Pope John II.

        8. (4) Best Friends, Martha Moody (Riverhead; $14) Follows the ups and downs of the lives and friendship of college chums.

        9. (-) The Blue Last, Martha Grimes (Onyx Books; $7.99) Murder is employed to continue the cover up of switched identities.

        10. (10) Purity in Death, J.D. Robb (Berkley Publishing; $7.99) Murder goes high tech as computer viruses infect those a killer deems guilty.


        1. (-) Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, Garrison Keillor (Penguin; $14) Memoir of a 14-year-old.

        2. (3) Let's Roll, Lisa Beamer (Tyndale House; $24.99) Subtitled “Finding Hope in the Midst of Crisis.”

        3. (-) A Girl Named Zippy Haven Kimmel (Broadway Books; $12.95) Subtitled “Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana”

        4. (-) In Search of Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor (Viking Press; $29.95) Photographic tour of real Minnesota life.

        5. (-) Pretty Good Joke Book: A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor (Penguin; $9.95) From Keillor's April joke show.

        6. (-) Much More Than Counting: Sally Moomaw and Brenda Hieronymus (Redleaf Press; $24.95) Subtitled “More Math Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten.”

        7. (-) The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett (Touchstone Books; $20) Subtitled “A Treasury of Great Moral Stories”

        8. (-) Cincinnati's Coney Island, Charles J. Jacques Jr. (Amusement Park Journal; $36.95) Subtitled “America's Finest Amusement Park”

        9. (4) Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Robert C. Atkins (Avon; $7.99) Weight-loss program.

        10. (1) Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine; $15) Tale of the champion horse.

        About the list: Participants: Books & Co., Joseph-Beth Booksellers and Montgomery Books. Based on sales ending week of Sept. 8; (-) indicates a book was not on the list the previous week.


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