Tuesday, June 15, 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. The Rule of Four, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (Dial; $24) Four brainy roommates seek to break a code leading to ancient treasure.

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 Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler (Putnam; $23.95) Club discussion reveals how life imitates art.

5. Hidden Prey, John Sandford (Putnam, $26.95) Detective Lucas Davenport adjusts to solving crime without as much personal angst.

6. The Narrows, Michael Connelly (Little Brown; $25.95) Serial killer The Poet returns.

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

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

9. The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Penguin; $24.95) Young man's life parallels the book he is obsessed with.

10. True North, Jim Harrison (Grove/Atlantic; $24) Attempts to exorcise forefathers' sins fall short.

Hardcover Nonfiction

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

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

3. Dress Your Family in Courduroy and Denim, David Sedaris (Little Brown, $24.95). Essays cover author's family life.

4. Big Russ and Me: Father and Son - Lessons of Life, Timothy Russert (Miramax; $22.45)

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

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. The Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook, Dr. Phillip C. McGraw (Free Press, $26)

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

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

10. Truth & Beauty, Ann Patchett (HarperCollins, $23.95) Memoir of Patchett's friendship with Autobiography of a Face author Lucy Grealy.

Paperback Fiction

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

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (Vintage; $12) Autistic boy solves the pet murder he is accused of.

3. #1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95) Series starring private eye Precious Ramotswe.

4. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy (Penguin; $16) Love or lack of it begats adultery in Russia.

5. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger (Harvest; $14) Love survives past, present and future.

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

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

8. The Known World, Edward P. Jones (Amistad; $13.95) Lines between masters and slaves blur.

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

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

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. Stupid White Men... and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation, Michael Moore (Regan Books; $13.95)

5. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Patricia Schultz (Workman; $18.95) Guide to exotic places.

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

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

8. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, Alexandra Fuller (Random House; $13.95)

9. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach (Norton, $13.95)

10. Been There Should've Done That II: More Tips for Making the Most Out of College, Suzette Tyler (Front Porch; $9.95)


Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for week ended June 6.

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