Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Best sellers


1. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (Doubleday; $24.95) Murder of a Louvre curator leads to clues in the works of Leonardo da Vinci.

2. Teeth of the Tiger, Tom Clancy (Putnam Publishing Group; $27.95) Jack Ryan Jr. finds that his youthful exposure to the ins and outs of government intrigue barely scratches the surface of reality.

3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (Doubleday; $22.95) A 15-year-old autistic boy tries to solve a murder using the methods of Sherlock Holmes.

4. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (Little Brown; $21.95) Murdered girl looks down from heaven.

5. A Place of Hiding, Elizabeth George ( Bantam; $26.95) Deborah and Simon St. John try to clear siblings from murder frame-up.

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

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

8. Street Dreams, Faye Kellerman (Warner; $25.95) Solving the mystery of an abandoned baby helps police officer find her own way.

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

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


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

2. The Essential 55, Ron Clark (Hyperion; $19.95) Ideas for the classroom.

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

4. Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster; $30) Biography of the inventor/statesman.

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

6. Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster; $28) Memoir by the senator and former first lady.

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

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

9. Treason, Ann Coulter (Crown; $26.95) Contends that liberals have been wrong on foreign policy.

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) 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 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 recital and the hostages bond via music.

8. Peace Like a River, Leif Enger (Grove; $13) An 11-year-old recounts events in his Minnesota town in the '60s.

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

10. The Crimson Petal and the White, Michael Faber (Harvest; $15) Victorian prostitute seeks better life.


1. Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine; $15.95) Bio of the 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 Tour de France champ.

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

5. Small Wonder, Barbara Kingsolver (Perennial/HarperCollins; $12.95) A collection of essays by the novelist.

6. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (Perennial; $13.95) 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. Self Matters, Phillip C. McGraw (FreePress; $14) Reclaiming one's identity.

9. How to Get Your Child to Love Reading: For Ravenous and Reluctant Readers Alike, Esme Raji Codell (Algonquin Books; $18.95)

10. Before the Change, Ann Louise Gittleman (HarperSanFrancisco; $14) Advice on how to deal with perimenopause.


Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for week ended Aug.17

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