Tuesday, August 5, 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. To the Nines, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's; $25.95). Latest in the Stephanie Plum series has her dodging death from bullets and psychos.

3. Naked Empire, Terry Goodkind (Tor; $29.95) Sixth installment of series that began with Wizard's First Rule.

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

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

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

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

10. Bare Bones, Kathy Reichs (Scribner; $25). Hoping to get away on vacation, the forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is summoned to identify a shocking number of human and animal remains.


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

2. The South Beach Diet, Arthur Agatston (Rodale; $24.95). A cardiologist's weight-loss plan.

3. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, Jon Krakauer (Doubleday; $26). Examination of the alleged religious motivation for a family murder.

4. Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster; $28). Memoir by the junior senator from New York and former first lady.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

8. The Dive From Clausen's Pier, Ann Packer (Vintage; $14). A young woman whose fiance has been rendered a quadriplegic decides to start a new life.

9. The Nanny Diaries, by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (St. Martin's Griffin; $13.95). A satirical look at rich and powerful New Yorkers through the eyes of an Upper East Side nanny.

10. 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.


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. It's Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins (Berkley; $13). Memoir by the Tour de France champion and cancer survivor.

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

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

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

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

10. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller. (Random House; $12.95.) The author remembers her African childhood.


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 27.

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