Tuesday, July 22, 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 Leonardo 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. Lucia, Lucia, Adriana Trigiani (Random House; $24.95). The story of a passionate, determined young woman who follows her heart.

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

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

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

8. Eat Cake, Jeanne Ray (Crown; $19.95). A Minneapolis wife and mother bakes to relax the way others do yoga.

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

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


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 cardiologist's weight-loss plan.

3. Kate Remembered, A. Scott Berg (Putnam; $25.95). Memories of movie star Katharine Hepburn.

4. Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster; $30). Bio of the most practical Founding Father.

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

6. The Essential 55, Ron Clark (Hyperion; $19.95). Revolutionary ideas for the classroom.

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

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

9. The Kennedy Curse, Edward Klein (St. Martin's; $24.95). A look at the Kennedy men.

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


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

5. #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95). First in mystery series starring Botswanan private eye Precious Ramotswe.

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

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

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

9. Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95). Botswanan private eye Precious Ramotswe tracks a missing American.

10. Peace Like a River, Leif Enger (Grove; $13). An asthmatic 11-year-old boy recalls the events of his childhood.


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

2. Small Wonder, Barbara Kingsolver (Perennial; $12.95). Collection of 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. Running With Scissors, Augusten Burroughs (Picador; $14). Memoir about a psychiatrist who went crazy while a boy (the author) was in his care.

6. What Not to Wear, Trinny Woodall, Susannah Constantine (Riverhead; $15). Fashion successes and faux pas.

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

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

9. It's Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong (Berkley; $13). On the trail with the master bike racer.

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


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 13.

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