Tuesday, September 23, 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. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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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