Tuesday, April 09, 2002

Tristate Best Sellers List


        This week/Last week

        1. (1) A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines (Vintage Books; $12.95) Race, injustice and bravery in the face of hopelessness are the basis of this Cincinnati On the Same Page book selection.

        2. (—) The Nanny Diaries: A Novel, Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus (St. Martins Press; $24.95) Children of the wealthy and the nannies who see them through parental neuroses and status seeking.

        3. (—) The Villa, Nora Robert (Jove Publications; $7.99) The merger of two winemaking families brings out love and enemies.

        4.(2) The Summons, John Grisham (Doubleday; $27.95) A clear-cut will, hidden fortune, blackmail and estranged siblings drive Mr. Grisham's return to the legal thriller.

        5. (—) A Common Life: The Wedding Story, Jan Karon (Penguin USA; $13) Author fills in the blanks surrounding the marriage of Mitford's favorite couple.

        6. (—) Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales, Stephen King (Scribner; $28) Author's most recent collection of macabre short stories.

        7. (10) Atonement: A Novel, Ian McEwan (Doubleday; $26) Family secrets and foibles fuel a young writer's imagination and get her into trouble.

        8. (—) Hell to Pay: A Novel, George P. Pelecanos (Little Brown & Company; $24.95) Private detective Derek Strange contemplates alternative justice when a dark D.C. crime hits close to home.

        9. (—) 1st to Die, James Patterson (Warner Vision; $7.99) Four women work together on serial killer case; first in a series.

        10. (9) A Painted House, John Grisham (Dell Island Books; $7.99) A story of sharecroppers set in 1952 rural Arkansas where there's tension between migrant Mexicans and “hill people.”


        1. (—) Knight: My Story, Bob Knight, Bob Hammel (contributor)t (Dunne Books; $25.95) Autobiography.

        2. (1) Curly Girl, Lorraine Massey, Deborah Chiel (Workman Publishing; $9.95) How-to manifesto on how to embrace and care for curly locks.

        3. (—) Self Matters, Phillip C. McGraw (Simon &Schuster; $25) subtitled “Creating Your Life from the Inside Out.”

        4. (—) The U.S. Constitution, Terry L. Jordan (Oak Hill Publications; $2.95) subtitled “And Fascinating Facts About It.”

        5. (4) 8 Minutes in the Morning, Jorge Cruise, Anthony Robbins (Rodale Press; $24.95) subtitled “A Simple Way to Start Your Day That Burns Fat and Sheds the Pounds.”

        6. (—) Life Strategies, Phillip C. McGraw (Hyperion; $11.95) subtitled “Doing What Works, Doing What Matters.”

        7. (—) Seabiscuit: An American Legend, Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine Books; $15) Story of the racehorse

        8. (—) Causing a Stir, Junior League (Junior League of Dayton; $22.95) Book of recipes.

        9. (—) My Life As a Gay Man in a Straight Woman's Body, Carol Sherman-Jones (Five Star Publications; $14.95) Autobiography.

        10. (8) Zobmondo, Randy Horn (Creator), Darcy Horn (Contributor) (Workman Publishing Co.; $9.95) subtitled “The Outrageous Book of Bizarre Choices.”

        About the list: Participants: Books & Co. Joseph Beth Booksellers and Montgomery Book Co. Based on sales ending week of March 31. (—) indicates a book was not on the list the previous week.

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