Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Best sellers: What's hot in the Midwest

Hardcover Fiction

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

2. Glorious Appearing, Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins (Tyndale House; $24.99) Life as we know it comes to an end.

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

4. The Princes of Ireland, Edward Rutherfurd (Doubleday; $27.95) First volume of an Emerald Isle-focused series.

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

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

7. Guardian of the Horizon, Elizabeth Peters (Morrow; $24.95) A visit to the city of Lost Oasis.

8. Can You Keep a Secret?, Sophie Kinsella (Dial; $21.95) Emma is thrust into a world of fairy tales, secrets and deceit.

9. Whisker of Evil, Rita Mae Brown (Bantam; $24.95) A tale of talking animals and homicidal humans.

10. Angels and Demons, Dan Brown (Atria; $19.95) Scientist tries to solve a murder caught between the Illuminati and the Catholic Church.

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror, Richard Clarke (Free Press; $27).

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

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

4. The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection - The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men, Suzanne Somers (Crown Publishers; $25).

5. Ten Minutes from Normal, Karen Hughes (Viking; $25.95) Inside the White House with the president's former adviser.

6. The Other Man, Michael Bergin (Regan Books; $25.95) Carolyn Bessette's suitor talks.

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

8. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, Al Franken (Dutton; $24.95) Franken takes on politics.

9. Deliver Us From Evil, Sean Hannity (Regan Books; $26.95) Conservative commentary.

10. The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, Dr. Laura Schlessinger (HarperCollins; $24.95) Marital advice.

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 Kalahari Typing School for Men, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor/Doubleday; $11.95) Fourth installment in the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

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

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

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

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

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

10. Morality for Beautiful Girls, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor, $11.95) Ramotswe tangles with a feral child, the finalists in a beauty pageant and a suspicious cook.

Paperback Nonfiction

1. The Devil in the White City, Eric Larson (Vintage; $14.95) Murder shadows the Chicago 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. The South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Counter, Arthur Agatston, M.D. (Rodale; $7.99)

4. The Red Hat Society, Sue Ellen Cooper (Warner; $12.95) New "bible" for women of a certain age.

5. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Patricia Schultz (Workman; $18.95) Guide to out-of-the-way places.

6. MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country, MoveOn.org (Eds.) (Inner Ocean; $10.95) A handbook for civic activism.

7. Abraham, Bruce Feiler (Perennial; $12.95) Biography of the man revered in Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

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

9. Rand McNally Road Atlas: United States, Canada & Mexico, Rand McNally (Ed.) (Rand McNally; $11.95) Tons of maps

10. Moneyball, Michael Lewis (Norton; $13.95) How to win at baseball on a tight budget.

Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for week ended April 4.

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