Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Best sellers


1. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (Doubleday; $24.95) Murder leads to clues in the works of Leonardo.

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. Remember When, Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb (Putnam;$25.95) Stolen diamonds form the thread that ties past and future together in this romantic thriller.

6. 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.

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

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

9.The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger (MacAdam/Cage, $25) Love and passion subverted by uncontrolled time travel.

10. A Place of Hiding, Elizabeth George. (Bantam, $26.95.) A forensic scientist and his wife look for a murderer on the island of Guernsey.


1. The Ultimate Weight Solution, Phillip C. McGraw (Free Press; $26)

2. 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.

3. The South Beach Diet, Arthur Agatston, M.D. (Rodale; $24.95)

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

5. Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster; $30) Statesman's bio.

6. Madam Secretary, Madeleine K. Albright (Miramax Boks;$25.95) Memoir of first female secretary of state.

7. The Great Unraveling, Paul Krugman. (Norton, $25.95.) A volume of essays, most from The New York Times.

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

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

10. Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, Tracy Kidder (Random House; $25.95) Life of founder of Zanmi Lasante (Partners In Health) in Haiti.


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

6. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (Picador, $15) A 41-year-old Greek hermaphrodite and how it happened.

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

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. Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95) Second installment in the Precious Ramotswe private eye series.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee Hathaway (Workman, $13.95.) For parents-to-be

9. My Losing Season, Pat Conroy (Bantam; $14.95) Memoir of his senior year at the Citadel.

10. Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting with Your Slow Cooker, Dawn J. Ranck (Good Books; $16.95).


Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for week ended Sept. 21.

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