Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Local bestsellers


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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