Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Books: Tristate best-sellers



HARDCOVER FICTION

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.

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

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.

PAPERBACK FICTION

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.

PAPERBACK NONFICTION

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.

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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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