Tuesday, June 17, 2003



1. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (Doubleday; $24.95). The murder of a curator at the Louvre leads to clues found in the works of Da Vinci.

2. The Sinister Pig, Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins; $25.95). Sgt. Jim Chee and his retired mentor investigate agent's murder.

3. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (Little Brown; $21.95). A girl looks down from heaven as she describes what happens after her kidnapping and murder.

4. Naked Prey, John Sandford (Putnam; $26.95). Lucas Davenport investigates an apparent lynching of a black man and a white woman.

5. The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday; $21.95). Working at a fashion magazine with the boss from hell.

6. The Guardian, Nicholas Sparks (Warner; $24.95). While trying to choose between suitors, a young widow's life is in danger.

7. The Traveler's Gift, Andy Andrews (Thomas Nelson; $19.99). Inspirational tale about the "decisions that determine personal success."

8. Eat Cake, Jeanne Ray (Crown; $19.95). Ruth bakes to relax as her family's life falls apart.

9. Say When, Elizabeth Berg (Atria; $24.95). A husband struggles to hold onto his life when his wife of 10 years asks for a divorce.

10. No Second Chance, Harlan Coben (Dutton; $24.95). The infant daughter of a surgeon is kidnapped.


1. The South Beach Diet, Arthur Agatston (Rodale; $24.95). A weight-loss plan by a Miami cardiologist.

2. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson (Broadway; $27.50). Tour of the sciences.

3. Leap of Faith, Queen Noor (Miramax Books; $25.95). Autobiography by King Hussein's widow.

4. An Unfinished Life, Robert Dallek (Little Brown; $30). Startling revelations about JFK.

5. Atkins for Life, Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's; $24.95). Finding one's ideal weight and maintaining it.

6. Who's Your Caddy?, Rick Reilly (Doubleday; $24.95). Sportswriter's experiences caddying for Jack Nicklaus and others.

7. Beyond Belief, Elaine H. Pagels (Random House; $24.95). Examines early Christianity through the Gospel of Thomas.

8. Dereliction of Duty, Robert Patterson (Regnery; $27.95). Retired Air Force colonel says that Bill Clinton "compromised America's national security."

9. The Teammates, David Halberstam (Hyperion; $22.95). Friendship among four men who played for the Red Sox in the 1940s.

10. Krakatoa, Simon Winchester (HarperCollins; $25.95). The volcanic eruption in 1883 that killed 36,000.


1. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin; $14). In South Carolina in 1964, a teenage girl tries to discover secret to mother's past.

2. #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95). In Botswana, a woman looks for boy who may have been kidnapped by witch doctors.

3. Life of Pi, Yann Martel (Harvest; $14). An allegory on the high seas, in which a boy and a tiger are thrown together in a lifeboat.

4. Three Junes, Julia Glass (Anchor; $14). Following a Scottish family over the course of three Junes (1989, 1995 and 1999).

5. Atonement, Ian McEwan (Anchor; $14). The disintegration of an English family's idyllic life.

6. In This Mountain, Jan Karon (Penguin; $13.95). Cynthia Kavanagh thrives in retirement while her husband, Father Tim, grows restless.

7. The Dive From Clausen's Pier, Ann Packer (Vintage; $14). Woman whose fiance has been rendered a quadriplegic decides to start a new life.

8. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett (Perennial; $13.95). Terrorists attack just after a soprano finishes a recital and the hostages bond via music.

9. Peace Like a River, Leif Enger (Grove; $13). Life in Minnesota circa 1962 as told by boy, 11

10. The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus (St. Martin's; $13.95). A nanny's look at rich New Yorkers.


1. Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine; $15.95). A biography of the great horse.

2. Small Wonder, Barbara Kingsolver (Perennial; $12.95). Essays by the novelist

3. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Robert C. Atkins (Quill; $13.95). Ways to lose weight.

4. Self Matters, Phillip C. McGraw (Free Press; $14). How to reclaim one's authentic identity.

5. Before the Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause, Ann Louise Gittleman (HarperSanFrancisco; $14). Advice on how to deal with perimenopause.

6. Father to Daughter, Harry H. Harrison Jr. (Workman; $7.95). Wisdom to fathers on raising daughters.

7. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Greg Palast (Plume; $14). Articles by an investigative reporter.

8. A Thousand Days in Venice, Marlena Blasi (Ballantine; $12.95). Woman from St. Louis finds love in Venice.

9. The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love, Jill Conner Browne (Three Rivers; $12.95). An outrageous Southern belle's take on life.

10. Complications, Atul Gawande(Picador; $13). A surgeon explores the limits and defects of medicine.

• Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, the Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for the week ended Sunday.

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