Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Best sellers


What's hot in the Midwest

Hardcover Fiction

1. The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon; $19.95) Murder and moral obligation mingle in this new series.

2. The Plot Against America: A Novel, Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin; $26) Boy's pre-WWII childhood.

3. Nights of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy (Dutton; $25.95) Friendships on a Greek island.

4. The Dark Tower, Stephen King (Donald M. Grant/Scribner; $35) Finale of the seven-part series.

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

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

7. Trace, Patricia Cornwell (Putnam; $26.95) Another in the Kay Scarpetta series.

8. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury; $27.95) The rise of two magicians in early 19th-century England.

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

10. Shopaholic & Sister, Sophie Kinsella (Dial: $23) Fourth in a series featuring the one-woman shopping phenomenon Becky Bloomwood.

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show staff (Warner; $24.95) Humorous send-up of politics.

2. He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys, Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (S&S; $19.95)

3 Chronicles, Vol 1, Bob Dylan (S&S; $24.00) An autobiography.

4. How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter, Ann Coulter (Crown; $26.95)

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

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

7. Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Aron Ralston (Atria; $26) An autobiography.

8. Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family; Dr. Phillip McGraw (Free Press; $26)

9. The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, Kitty Kelley (Doubleday; $29.95)

10. Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America, Garrison Keillor (Viking; $19.95)

Paperback Fiction

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

2. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead; $14) Afghanistan's political turmoil.

3. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck (Washington Square; $14) View of China during the last emperor's reign.

4. .The Namesake: A Novel, Jhumpa Lahiri (Mariner; $14) A family from India travels to America.

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

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

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

8. Shepherds Abiding: A Mitford Christmas Story (The Mitford Years), Jan Karon (Penguin; $13.95) A glimpse into this make-believe town's holiday season.

9. No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor; $11.95) Series starring private eye Precious Ramotswe.

10. Sacred Stone, Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo (Berkley; $15) An find of catastrophic radioactive power puts the world at risk.

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 blend of memoir and literary criticism.

3. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (DaCapo; $15.95) A look at high school football in a small town.

4. The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader, Michael Moore (S&S; $14) Book about the documentary.

5. The 9/ 11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Staff (Norton; $10)

6. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2005, Old Farmer's Almanac (Old Farmer's Almanac; $6.95)

7. The Sweet Potato Queen's Field Guide to Men, Jill Conner Browne (Three Rivers; $13.95) Southern women of certain age and their no-holds-barred approach to life.

8. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson (Broadway; $15.95) Science.

9. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, Amy Tan (Penguin; $15) A collection of essays.

10. Rand McNally 2005 Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico, Rand McNally (Rand McNally; $11.95)

Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for week ended Oct. 10.




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