Tuesday, October 26, 2004

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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. Light on Snow, Anita Shreve (Little Brown; $24.95) A newborn baby discovered abandoned in the snowy woods leads this tale through love, courage, tragedy and redemption.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Northern Lights, Nora Roberts (Putnam; $25.95) A transplanted law enforcement official discovers life again in this town of Lunacy.

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

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

Hardcover Nonfiction

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

2. Chronicles, Vol. 1, Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster; $24) An autobiography.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. A Paper Life, Tatum O'Neal (Harper Entertainment; $24.95) Memoir.

10. Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, John E. O'Neill and Jerome R. Corsi (Regnery; $27.95)

Paperback Fiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Lorna Landvik (Ballantine; $13.95) The foundation of a book club becomes a lifeline for this group of women.

10. Life of Pi, Yann Martel (Harvest; $14) Surviving a shipwreck alone with a tiger, a boy's faith is tested.

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. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage, James Bradley (Back Bay; $14.95) Nine American airmen shot down in the Pacific during World War II.

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

6. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Patricia Schultz (Workman $18.95) Travel guide to exotic locations.

7. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, Tracy Kidder (Random House; $14.95)

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

9. What to Expect When You're Expecting, Third Edition, Heidi E. Murkoff, Heidi Murkoff and Sandee E. Hathaway (Workman; $13.95) A total revision on pregnancy questions and issues.

10. 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.

Based on reporting from independent booksellers of the Great Lakes Booksellers Association, Upper Midwest Booksellers Association and Book Sense for week ended Oct. 17.

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