Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Tristate Best Sellers List


1. (-) Engaged to Die, Carolyn G. Hart (William Morrow & Co.; 23.95) Max and Annie Darling find themselves on opposite sides of a murder mystery.

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

3. (1) Atonement, Ian McEwen (Anchor Books; $14) Secrets of a 1935 English family through the eyes of a dramatic 13-year-old.

4. (-) Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Lorna Landvik (Ballantine Books; $23.95) Three decades of five friends and their female bonding.

5. (7) Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Sophie Kinsella (Delta; $10.95) Bride runs scared as mother and mother-in-law each plan the perfect wedding.

6. (-) Keeping Watch, Laurie R. King (Bantam, Doubleday, Bell; $23.95) Defender of battered women and children comes out of retirement when his last case begins to unravel.

7. (-) The Young Wan, Brendan O'Carroll (Viking Press; $24.95) Prequel to the Agnes Browne series looks at her growing up years.

8. (5) The Night Before, Lisa Jackson (Zebra Books; $6.99) Serial murder haunts a Southern town.

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

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


1. (1) Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution (Revised), Robert C. Atkins (Avon; $7.99) Low-carbo- hydrates, high-protein diet tome.

2. (-) A Night to Remember, Walter Lord (Bantam Books; $6.99) Firsthand interviews make up this account of the Titantic tale.

3. (-) The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life, Suze Orman (Free Press; $26) Subtitled "Keep What You Have and Create What You Deserve."

4. (6) Devil in the White City, Erik Larson (Crown Publishing; $25.95) Subtitled "Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America."

5. (-) Execution, Larry Bossidy (Crown Publishing; $27.50) Subtitled "The Discipline of Getting Things Done."

6. (5) Dr. Atkins' New Carbohydrate Gram Counter, Robert C. Atkins (M. Evans & Co.; $4.95) Companion to the diet guide.

7. (-) Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, Robert C. Atkins (Quill; $13.95) Original release of diet.

8. (3) Savage Inequalities, Jonathan Kozol (Perennial; $14) Subtitled "Children in America's Schools."

9. (-) Susie Coelho's Everyday Styling, Susie Coelho (Simon & Schuster; $30) Subtitled "Easy Tips for Home, Garden and Entertaining"

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


Participants: Books & Co. and Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Based on sales ending week of March 17; (-) indicates a book was not on the list the previous week

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