Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Tristate Best Sellers List


1. (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.

2. (2) The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (Doubleday; $29.95) Mysteries of the ages are revealed while a modern murder mystery unravels.

3. (1) The Guardian, Nicholas Sparks (Warner Books; $24.95) Young widow rediscovers love as a sociopath stalks her.

4. (-) The Second Time Around, Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster; $26) Young mother follows clues to a crooked husband on the run, a mass murderer and her missing son.

5. (-) The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (Griffin Trade Paperback; $13.95) Fictional account of the weird world of nannies in upper-class Manhattan.

6. (-) The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday; $21.95) Author with literary aspirations dishes on working for fashion magazine's editor that puts the D in demanding.

7. (-) Lost in a Good Book, Jasper Fforde (Penguin USA; $24.95) Literary detective Thursday Next travels through time and books to save her spouse.

8. (-) King of Torts, John Grisham (Doubleday; $27.95) A lawyer is caught between morality and greed.

9. (-) Armageddon, Tim F. LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (Tyndale Press; $24.99) No. 11 in the Left Behind Series subtitled "The Cosmic Battle of the Ages."

10. (-) Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde ( Penguin USA; $14) Literary detective tries to stop criminal mastermind from changing the world both fiction and real time.


(-) Dereliction of Duty, Robert Patterson (Regnery Publishing; $27.95) subtitled "The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Endangered America's Long-Term National Security."

(3) What Should I Do With My Life, Po Bronson ( Random House; $24.95) Fifty profiles of people who choose to work at their true calling.

3. (4) Trading Spaces Behind the Scenes, Meredith Books (Trading Spaces; $19.95) subtitled "Including Decorating Tips and Tricks."

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

5. (-) Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine Books; $15.95) Tale of a knobby-kneed horse with a champion's heart.

6. (-) The South Beach Diet, Arthur Agatston (Rodale Press; $24.95) subtitled "The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss."

7. (-) 8 Minutes in the Morning Leap of Faith, Queen Noor ( Miramax; $25.95) subtitled "Memoirs of an Unexpected Life."

8. (-) To Conquer the Air, James Tobin (Free Press; $28) subtitled "The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight."

9. (-) Atkins for Life, Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's Press; $24.95) subtitled "The Complete Controlled Carb Program for Permanent Weight Loss and Good Health."

10. (-) 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 April 14 (-) indicates a book was not on the list the previous week

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