Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Best sellers

Hardcover Fiction

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

2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom (Hyperion; $19.95) Maintenance man's life is explained by people he meets in heaven.

3. Shepherds Abiding, Jan Karon (Penguin; $24.95) Father Tim tries to spruce up a Nativity scene that has been neglected.

4. The Big Bad Wolf, James Patterson (Little Brown; $27.95)

5. The Hornet's Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War, Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster; $27) The war from the Southern point of view.

6. Bleachers, John Grisham (Doubleday; $19.95) Impending death of a coach brings a town together.

7. Wolves of the Calla, Stephen King, Donald M. Grant (Scribner; $35) The quest to save the dark tower continues.

8. The Murder Room, P.D. James (Knopf; $25.95) Detective Adam Dalgleish investigates a murder.

9. Skipping Christmas, John Grisham (Doubleday; $14.95) A satirical look at Christmas rituals.

10. The Hanged Man's Song, John Sandford (Putnam; $25.95) Murder of a genius computer hacker sets dark events in motion.

Hardcover Nonfiction

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

2. The World According to Mr. Rogers, Fred Rogers (Hyperion; $16.95) His wit and wisdom.

3 Dude, Where's My Country?, Michael Moore (Warner; $24.95) Author opines on "Dubya" and his ilk.

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

5. Flyboys, James Bradley (Little Brown; $25.95) Aviators shot down, captured and executed on Chichi Jima.

6. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, Al Franken (Dutton; $24.95) A left-leaning look at politics and the media.

7. Who's Looking Out for You?, Bill O'Reilly (Broadway; $24.95) Politics on the conservative side.

8. Bushwhacked, Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose (Random House; $24.95) Analysis of president's first year.

9. Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham (Random House; $29.95) The friendship of FDR and Churchill.

10. Madam Secretary, Madeleine Albright (Miramax Books; $27.95) Her life in politics.

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. Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian (Norton; $13.95) Life on the high seas.

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

6. Three Junes, Julia Glass (Anchor; $14) Follows one family for three Junes.

7. The Last Girls, Lee Smith (Ballantine; $14.95) Former classmates re-create their adventure on the Mississippi River after the death of their ringleader.

8. The Little Friend, Donna Tartt (Vintage; $14.95) A 12-year-old unsolved crime tears a family apart.

9. Good Poems, Garrison Keillor, editor (Penguin; $15) 350 of Keillor's favorites.

10. Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee (Penguin; $13) 52-year-old professor courts disaster as his career sinks.

Paperback Nonfiction

1. Population: 485, Michael Perry (Perennial; $13.95) Small-town volunteer fire and rescue work.

2. The World Almanac and Book of Facts, Ken Park, editor (World Almanac; $11.95) Everything you ever wanted to know about anything.

3. Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook, Dawn J. Ranck (Good Books; $16.95) 800 recipes for the slow cooker.

4. Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating, Ari Weinzweig (Houghton Mifflin; $19.95) How to shop, how to cook.

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

6. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (Owl; $13) Living life as the new poor.

7. Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine; $15.95) Biography of a horse.

8. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Patricia Schultz (Workman; $18.95) A guide to non-traditional vacation spots.

9. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom (Broadway; $12.95) A young man is reunited with his mentor.

10. Small Wonder, Barbara Kingsolver (Perennial; $12.95) A collection of 23 essays.


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

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