Tuesday, September 9, 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. Love Me, Garrison Keillor (Viking; $24.95) An obscure Minneapolis writer is touched by the "kiss of fame" in this comedy-cum-literary satire.

7. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri (Houghton Mifflin; $24) Poignant treatment of the immigrant experience.

8. Diary Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday; $24.95) Palahniuk continues his 21st-century reinvention of the horror novel in this quest for immortality.

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

10. Lucia, Lucia, Adriana Trigiani (Random House; $24.95) The story of a passionate, determined young woman whose decision to follow her heart changes her life forever.


1, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, Al Franken (Dutton; $24.95) A skewed to the left look at politics and the media.

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

3. Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson (S&S; $30) Biography of the statesman.

4. Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer (Doubleday; $26) Examination of the alleged religious motivation for a murder.

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 (S&S, $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) A tour of the sciences.

10. The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson (Crown; $25.95) Events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.


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

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


1. Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine; $15.95) Bio of the horse.

2. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (Owl; $13) Becoming a member of the working poor.

3. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Robert C. Atkins, M.D. (Quill; $13.95) Low-carb way to lose weight.

4. How to Get Your Child to Love Reading, Esme Raji Codell (Algonquin; $18.95) Help with getting your child to love books.

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

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

8. It's Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong (Berkley; $14) Memoir by the Tour de France champ.

9. The Lobster Chronicles, Linda Greenlaw (Hyperion; $13.95) Memoirs of a life spent on the sea.

10. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Heidi E. Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, 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.31.

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