Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Tristate Best Sellers List


1. (1) The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor Books; $11.95) Precious Ramotswe becomes the only lady detective in Botswana.

2. (-) Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (Anchor Books; $9.95) Nigerian tribal life before and after colonialism.

3. (-) Late Bloomer, Fern Michaels (Atria Books; $24) Childhood tragedy keeps a young woman from living adult life fully.

4. (7) The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin; $14) Teenager flees an abusive father and confused past into the turbulence of the 1964 civil rights movement with her African-American nanny.

5. (6) Bel Canto, Ann Patchett (Harper; $13.95) Hostage situation gone awry makes strange bedfellows of captors and captives.

6. (2) The Hours, Michael Cunningham (Picador; $13) Virginia Woolf's life is mirrored by the lives of two of her readers.

7. (9) The Lake of Dead Languages, Carol Goodman (Ballantine Books; $13.95) Teacher returns to her alma mater to find sinister history repeating itself.

8. (8) Sea Glass, Anita Shreve (Back Bay Books; $14.95) New Hampshire shore brings lives woven together after the stock crash of 1929.

9. (-) Graveyard Shift, Jack Higgins (Berkley Publishing Group; $7.99) Police thriller has ex-con become target of his former partner.

10. (3) The King of Torts, John Grisham (Doubleday; $27.95) Burned-out lawyer is seduced by the fast money of morally questionable cases.


1. (7) Kitty Hawk and Beyond, Ronald R. Geibert, John R. Dailey, Patrick B. Nolan (Roberts Rinehart Publishing; $19.95) subtitled "The Wright Brothers and the Early Years of Aviation, a Photographic History."

2. (8) Beyond the River, Ann Hagedorn (Simon & Schuster; $25) Historical examination of Ripley, Ohio, Underground Railroad heroes.

3. (2) Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, Robert C. Atkins (Avon; $7.99) Low-carbohydrates, high-protein diet tome.

4. (-) Stupid White Men, Michael Moore (Regan Books; $24.95) subtitled "and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!"

5. (-) Savage Nation, Michael Savage (WND Books; $24.99) "Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Borders, Language and Culture."

6. (-) Dayton Comes of Age, Claudia Watson (Montgomery County Historical Society; $25) Retrospective of the city.

7. (10) Gentleman Amateurs, Mark Bernstein (Dayton Daily News; $29.95) History of the Wright brothers.

8. (-) Life's Greatest Lessons, Hal Urban (Fireside; $12) subtitled "20 Things That Matter."

9. (-) Bias, Bernard Goldberg (Harperperennial Library; $13.95) subtitled "CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distorts the News."

10. (-) Contacting Your Spirit Guide, Sylvia Browne (Hay House; $17.95) Recognize your spirit guide, their names, how to hear and use their guidance.

Participants: Books & Co. and Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Based on sales ending week of Feb.23 ; (-) indicates a book was not on the list the previous week

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