Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Bestsellers: 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. 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. Just One Look, Harlan Coben (Dutton; $25.95) Recently developed old photo brings the past into focus.

4. The Full Cupboard of Life, Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon; $19.95) Precious Ramotswe's client seeks her suitor's true intentions.

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

6. Nighttime Is My Time, Mary Higgins Clark (S&S; $25.95) Former nerd seeks redemption as mysterious serial killer.

7. Islands, Anne Rivers Siddons (HarperCollins; $24.95) Clique of beautiful Southern people are not what they seem.

8. Good Grief, Lolly Winston (Warner; $18) Young widow takes a quirky path to healing.

9. Reckless Abandon, Stuart Woods (Putnam; $25.95) Murderer in witness protection brings together series characters Holly Barker and Stone Barrington.

10. The Art of Mending, Elizabeth Berg (Random House; $24.95) Family reunion, secrets, implosion and redemption.

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Plan of Attack, Bob Woodward (S&S; $28) The Bush White House's battle plan and how it grew.

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

3. Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, Lynne Truss (Gotham; $17.50)

4. The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here For?, Rick Warren (Zondervan; $19.99)

5. The South Beach Diet Cookbook, Arthur Agatston (Rodale; $24.95)

6. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation, Cokie Roberts (Morrow; $24.95)

7. Worse than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, John W. Dean (Little Brown; $25.95)

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

9. Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow (Penguin; $35) Biography of a lesser-known Founding Father.

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

Paperback Fiction

1. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers (Mariner; $12) Small town citizens seek to escape where and who they are.

2. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (Back Bay; 13.95) Teenage murder victim looks down on the living.

3. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin; $14) A teen tries to discover her mother's past.

4. #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95) Series starring private eye Precious Ramotswe.

5. Life of Pi, Yann Martel (Harvest; $14) A boy and a tiger are thrown together in a lifeboat at sea.

6. The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger (Broadway; $13.95) Working for overbearing boss.

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

8. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Perennial; $14) One hundred years of a town and the residents that survive there.

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

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

Paperback Nonfiction

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

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

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 exotic places.

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

7. The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen; $12.95) Toltec inspired code of conduct to combat limiting beliefs.

8. Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence, Rosalind Wiseman (Three Rivers; $14.95)

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

10. Dry: A Memoir, Augusten Burroughs (Picador; $14)

Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for week ended May 2.

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