Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Local bestsellers



HARDCOVER FICTION

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

2. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (Little Brown; $21.95). Girl looks down from heaven after her kidnapping and murder.

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

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

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

6. White Death, Clive Cussler (Putnam; $26.95). While trying to rescue a ship full of trapped men, Kurt Austin uncovers a sinister plan to control the oceans.

7. The Guardian, Nicholas Sparks (Warner; $24.95). As she tries to choose between suitors, a young widow's life is in danger.

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

9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (Doubleday; $22.95). Autistic boy tries to solve a murder using the methods of Sherlock Holmes.

10. Villa Incognito, Tom Robbins (Bantam; $24). Three U.S. MIAs choose to remain missing after the Vietnam War.

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). Weight-loss plan.

3. Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, Ann Coulter (Crown; $26.95). Conservative pundit contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue of the last 50 years.

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

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

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

7. Leap of Faith, Queen Noor (Miramax; $25.95). Autobiography by the widow of King Hussein of Jordan.

8. The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren (Zondervan; $19.99). Finding the meaning of life through God.

9. A Patriot's Handbook, Caroline Kennedy (Hyperion; $27.95). Essays, letters, speeches, poems and song lyrics that celebrate America.

10. An Unfinished Life, Robert Dallek (Little Brown; $30). Revelations about JFK.

PAPERBACK FICTION

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

2. East of Eden, John Steinbeck (Penguin; $16). The 1952 novel of feuding brothers is the first pick of Oprah's new book club.

3. Life of Pi, Yann Martel (Harvest; $14). A boy and a tiger are thrown together in a lifeboat at sea.

4. Three Junes, Julia Glass (Anchor; $14). A Scottish family's life over course of three Junes (1989, 1995 and 1999).

5. #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95). Stars Precious Ramotswe.

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

7. The Virgin Blue, Tracy Chevalier (Plume; $14). Two women born 400 years apart are bound by a fateful family legacy.

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

9. Peace Like a River, Leif Enger (Grove; $13). An 11-year-old boy recounts the dramatic events in his small Minnesota town in the early 1960s.

10. The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus (St. Martin's; $13.95). Satirical look at rich New Yorkers through the eyes of a nanny.

PAPERBACK NONFICTION

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

2. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Robert C. Atkins (Quill; $13.95). Low-carb way to lose weight.

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

4. Running With Scissors, Augusten Burroughs (Picador; $14). A memoir about a psychiatrist who went crazy while a boy (the author) was in his care.

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

6. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (Perennial; $13.95). A survey of "the dark side of the all-American meal."

7. A Thousand Days in Venice, Marlena Blasi (Ballantine; $12.95). St. Louis woman finds romance in Italy.

8. The Lobster Chronicles, Linda Greenlaw (Hyperion; $13.95). Swordboat captain pursues a simple life on an island off Maine.

9. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Heidi E. Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway (Workman; $13.95). Practical advice for parents-to-be.

10. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (Owl; $13). What was it like to a member of the working poor.

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Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, the Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for the week ended June 29.




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