Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Best sellers



HARDCOVER FICTION

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. Bleachers, John Grisham (Doubleday; $19.95) Impending death of legendary coach leads former players and the town to reconcile the past.

3. The Wedding, Nicholas Sparks (Warner Books; $23.95) Sequel to The Notebook finds Noah and Allie Calhoun's son-in-law trying to rekindle the romance of his marriage.

4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

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 Ultimate Weight Solution, Phillip C. McGraw (Free Press; $26) Dr. Phil fights against obesity.

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

4. Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson (S&S; $30) Statesman's bio.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, Ann Coulter (Crown; $26.95). Conservative pundit on liberals.

PAPERBACK FICTION

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

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

5. East of Eden, John Steinbeck (Penguin; $16) Feuding brothers.

6. Three Junes, Julia Glass (Anchor; $14) Follows a Scottish family over course of three Junes.

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

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

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. Good Poems, Garrison Keillor (Penguin, $15) Selections from The Writer's Almanac radio program.

PAPERBACK NONFICTION

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

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

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

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

7. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser. (Perennial/HarperCollins, $13.95.) From California subdivisions to the New Jersey Turnpike: a survey of "the dark side of the all-American meal."

8. Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayes (Broadway, $15) Memoir of life rediscovered in Italy.

9. 500 Low-Carb Recipies: 500 Recipes from Snacks to Dessert, That the Whole Family Will Love, Dana Carpender (Fair Winds;$19.95)

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

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Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for week ended Sept. 14.




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