Tuesday, September 16, 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. 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.

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

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

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

8. The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday; $21.95) A fashion magazine with a hellish boss.

9. No Graves As Yet, Anne Perry. (Ballantine; $25.95.) On the eve of World War I, two brothers investigate the mysterious deaths of their parents.

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 left-leaning 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) Statesman's bio.

4. The Essential 55, Ron Clark (Hyperion; $19.95) Ideas for teachers.

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

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

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

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

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

10. The Lord Is My Shepherd: The Healing Wisdom of the Twenty-third Psalm, Harold S. Kushner (Knopf; $19.95) Explores the deeper meaning of the well-known passage.


1. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin; $14) A teen tries to discover 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. Three Junes, Julia Glass (Anchor; $14) Follows a Scottish family over course of three Junes.

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

6. #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95) First in mystery series starring private eye Precious Ramotswe.

7. The Virgin Blue, Tracy Chevalier (Plume; $14) Two women born 400 years apart are bound by a fateful family legacy.

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

9. The Piano Tuner, Daniel Philippe Mason (Vintage; $14) A journey to repair a rare piano finds political intrigue and adventure in 1886 Burma.

10. Blue Shoe, Anne Lamott (Riverhead Books; $14) A woman deals with divorce, a senile mother, dysfunctional children and her late father's philandering.


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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How to Get Your Child to Love Reading, Esme Raji Codell (Algonquin; $18.95) Help with getting your child to be a reader.

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

9. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom (Broadway, $11.95) The author tells the story of his visits to his college mentor, who was near death's door.

10. What Not to Wear, Trinny Woodall, Susannah Constantine (Riverheard; $15) Who should wear what.


Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for week ended Sept. 7.

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