Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Books: Tristate best-sellers


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

2. The Lake House, James Patterson (Little Brown; $27.95). Six children find themselves in danger.

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

4. The Traveler's Gift, Andy Andrews (Thomas Nelson; $19.99). Down-on-his-luck middle-aged man travels back in time.

5. The Dogs of Babel, Carolyn Parkhurst (Little Brown; $21.95). Linguist tries to unravel his wife's death by communicating with the only witness, their dog.

6. Naked Prey, John Sandford (Putnam; $26.95). In a new job working for Minnesota's governor, Lucas Davenport investigates an apparent lynching.

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

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

9. The Face, Dean R. Koontz (Bantam; $26.95). Cop turned security chief must protect a Hollywood star.

10. The Sinister Pig, Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins; $25.95). Puzzling death of man within the Navajo Tribal Police jurisdiction.


1. Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster; $28). Memoir by the junior senator from New York and former first lady.

2. The South Beach Diet, Arthur Agatston (Rodale; $24.95). A Miami cardiologist's weight-loss plan.

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

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

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

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

7. Open: Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black, John Feinstein (Little Brown; $25.95). Story of the 2002 U.S. Open, held at a true public course for the first time.

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

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

10. Moneyball, Michael Lewis (Norton; $23.95). How one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, won so many games.


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

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

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

4. #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95). Precious Ramotswe, the "Miss Marple of Botswana."

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

6. The Dive From Clausen's Pier, Ann Packer (Vintage; $14). A woman whose fiance has been rendered a quadriplegic starts a new life.

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

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

9. Unless, Carol Shields (Fourth Estate; $13.95). A writer's world is turned upside down when her daughter drops out of college.

10. Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95).

Botswanan PI Precious Ramotswe tracks a missing American.


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

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

3. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Robert C. Atkins (Quill; $10.99). Ways to lose weight.

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

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

6. It's Not about the Bike, Lance Armstrong (Berkley; $13). Memoir by Tour de France champion and cancer survivor.

7. Getting the Love You Want, Harville Hendrix (Holt; $14). A therapist offers counsel for couples.

8. Before the Change, Ann Louise Gittleman (HarperSanFrancisco; $14). Advice on dealing with perimenopause.

9. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom (Broadway; $11.95). Author's story of his visits to his old college mentor, who was near death's door.

10. A Thousand Days in Venice, Marlena Blasi (Ballantine; $12.95). St. Louis woman finds love in Venice.


Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, the Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for the week ending June 15.

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