Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Best sellers

The Cincinnati Enquirer


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. Love Me, Garrison Keillor (Viking; $24.95) An obscure Minneapolis writer is touched by the "kiss of fame" in this romantic comedy-cum-literary satire.

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

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

10. The Sinner, Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, $24.95) Murdered nuns connected to a dead baby and a homeless murder victim.


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

2. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them ... A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, Al Franken (Dutton; $24.95). See story at left.

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

4. Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster; $30) Biography.

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

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

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

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

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

10. Schott's Original Miscellany, Ben Schott (Bloomsbury; $14.95) Essential trivia.


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

3. East of Eden, John Steinbeck (Penguin; $16) 1952 novel of feuding brothers.

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. Blessings, Anna Quindlen (Random House; $13.95) Abandoned baby connects lonely woman and the hired help.

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

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

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


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

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

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

7. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (Metropolitan/ Owl/Holt, $13.) Becoming a member of the working poor.

8. Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen, $12.95) Simple truths to combat self-limiting beliefs.

9. Longitudes and Attitude, Thomas L. Friedman (Anchor $14.95) Notes and reflections on 9-11 by a columnist for The New York Times.

10. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee Hathaway (Workman, $13.95.) For parents-to-be.


Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for week ended Aug.24

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