Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Best sellers



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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

PAPERBACK NONFICTION

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.

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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 ended July 13.




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