Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Best sellers: What's hot in the Tristate

Mona L. Bronson-Fuqua
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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. The Last Juror, John Grisham (Doubleday; $27.95) A look at justice in a small Mississippi town.

4. 3rd Degree, James Patterson and Andrew Gross (Little Brown; $26.95) Women's Murder Club solves crimes that strike close to their heart.

5. The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier (Dutton; $23.95) Story of the six Lady and Unicorn tapestries.

6. The Birth of Venus, Sarah Dunant (Random House; $21.95) A woman must choose between her passions: art or artist.

7. High Country, Nevada Barr (Putnam ; $24.95) Park ranger investigates disappearance of employees.

8. The Well of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde (Viking; $24.95) Expectant Thursday Next fights literary fiends, literally.

9. Absolute Friends, John Le Carre (Little Brown; $26.95) Spy author's novel takes an anti-Iraq war twist.

10. The Amateur Marriage, Anne Tyler (Knopf; $24.95) Life and death of a marriage.

Hardcover Nonfiction

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

2. The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren (Zondervan; $19.99).

3. The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, Laura Schlessinger (HarperCollins; $24.95) Women mistreat their men and suffer results.

4. Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism, Sean Hannity (Regan Books; $26.95) Commentary.

5. The World According to Mr. Rogers, Fred Rogers (Hyperion; $16.95).

6. American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, Kevin Phillips (Viking; $25.95) A scathing look at the Bush family.

7. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill, Ron Suskind (Simon & Schuster; $26) A White House insider tells all.

8. Give Me A Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media ..., John Stossel (HarperCollins; $24.95)

9. A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Anna Quindlen (Random House; $12.95) Author's life lessons.

10. The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich, David Bach (Broadway; $19.95)

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. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (Picador; $15) A Greek hermaphrodite and how it happened.

4. The Master Butchers Singing Club, Louise Erdrich (Perennial; $13.95) Love, death and redemption after World War I.

5. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier (Plume; $14) Based on the life of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

6. #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95) Series starring private eye Precious Ramotswe.

7. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (Vintage; $14.95) A Confederate deserter fights to return to the past he knew.

8. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Lorna Landvik (Ballantine; $13.95) Five female friends and three decades of life's travails.

9. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Perennial; $14) Author's life journey.

10. The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl (Random House; $13.95) Murders mirror Dante's Inferno.

Paperback Nonfiction

1. The Devil in the White City, Eric Larson (Vintage; $14.95) Murder at the Chicago's World's Fair.

2. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Azar Nafisi (Random House; $13.95) A skillful blend of memoir and literary criticism.

3. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Patricia Schultz (Workman; $18.95). Guide to out-of-the-way places.

4. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Heidi E Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee Hathaway (Workman; $13.95)

5. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (Owl; $13) Financial exploitation of the working class.

6. Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom (Broadway; $12.95) Life lessons from a dying teacher.

7. Touching the Void, Joe Simpson (Perennial; $12.95) Near death in the Peruvian Andes.

8. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2004, World Almanac Editors (World Almanac; $11.95)

9. Birnbaum's Walt Disney World 2004, Birnbaum (editors) (Disney; $16.95)

10. Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, Ross King (Penguin; $15) The story behind the masterpiece.

Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for week ended March 7.

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