Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Best sellers


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 looking down from heaven tells what happens after her kidnapping and murder.

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

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

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

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. Bare Bones, Kathy Reichs (Scribner; $25). A forensic anthropologist barely starts her vacation when the bones start to appear.

8. Trading Up, Candace Bushnell (Hyperion; $24.95). Beautiful social climber wants to succeed in the big city.

9. Johnny Angel, Danielle Steel (Delacorte; $19.95). Johnny, 17, dies but then appears when he's most needed.

10. The Probable Future, Alice Hoffman (Doubleday; $24.95). Three generations of New England women with special powers confront a haunting past and recent homicide.


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, M.D. (Rodale; $24.95). A cardiologist's weight-loss plan.

3. Treason, Ann Coulter (Crown; $26.95). Contends that liberals have been wrong on foreign policy issues of the last 50 years.

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

5. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster; $30). Bio of the most practical Founding Father.

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

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

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

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

10. A Patriot's Handbook, Caroline Kennedy (Hyperion; $27.95). Celebrating America.


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.

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

4. #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95). First in mystery series starring Botswanan PI Precious Ramotswe.

5. Three Junes, Julia Glass (Anchor; $14). Follows a Scottish family over course of three Junes (in 1989, 1995 and 1999).

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

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

swanan PI Precious Ramotswe tracks a missing American.

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller (Random House; $12.95). Memoir of an African childhood.

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

8. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara

Ehrenreich (Owl; $13). What was it like becoming a member of the working poor.

9. 30-Minute Meals 2, Rachael Ray (Lake Isle; $16.95)

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


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 July 6, 2003.

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