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Los Angeles Times List For November 17, 2002

November 17, 2002

*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction LAST WEEK WEEKS ON LIST

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*--* 1 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown: $21.95) 1 20 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family, the killer and the detective who hunts him

2 The Little Friend by Donna Tartt (Alfred A. Knopf: $26) A 2 2 12-year-old whose family was torn apart by the murder of her brother sees revenge as her only hope

3 Reversible Errors by Scott Turow (Farrar, Straus & -- 1 Giroux: $28) Defense attorney Arthur Raven uncovers new twists in a 10-year-old murder case, as his defendant awaits execution in a few weeks

4 Q Is for Quarry by Sue Grafton (Putnam: $26.95) At the 4 4 end of their police careers, two men enlist the help of Kinsey Millhone to help solve an old murder

5 Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: 3 3 $25.95) A brilliant chemist is drawn into the search for a young missing prostitute. (Reviewed by Eugen Weber, Page 2)

6 Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice (Alfred A. Knopf: $26.95) A 15 2 vampire who inhabits a Southern manse seeks out Lestat to free himself from his ghostly double

7 The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber -- 5 (Harcourt: $26) A Dickensian novel that follows the lives of a prostitute, her lover and her lover's wife in Victorian London

8 Answered Prayers by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: $26.95) -- 1 There's always a church door open to Faith Madison, a New York socialite trapped in a loveless marriage and praying for a new life

9 You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers (McSweeney's: 5 5 $22) A pair of friends take an around-the-world trip, handing out money to strangers

10 I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson (Alfred 12 4 A. Knopf: $23) A darkly humorous tale of a woman juggling her high-powered career and family life

11 Quentins by Maeve Binchy (Dutton: $25.95) When a romance -- 1 sours, Ella Brady throws herself into a film documentary about a successful Dublin restaurant and the people who have dined there

12 Baudolino by Umberto Eco (Harcourt: $27) A trickster with -- 2 a knack for telling fantastic tales dupes a 12th century emperor and journeys to the Far East in search of an earthly paradise

13 The Janson Directive by Robert Ludlum (St. Martin's: 7 3 $27.95) Covert operative and assassin Paul Janson is tapped to rescue a philanthropic billionaire from a terrorist known as the Caliph

14 Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Harcourt: $25) After a ship -- 1 disaster, a lone Indian man shares a raft with a Bengal tiger during a harrowing, hallucinatory trip

15 I, Richard by Elizabeth George (Bantam: $21.95) Double 10 2 lives, mysterious deaths and sudden twists populate this collection of cosmopolitan crime tales

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*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction LAST WEEK WEEKS ON LIST

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*--* 1 Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy (HarperCollins: $23.95) A 4 7 look at the career of the Dodger pitcher, arguably the game's greatest southpaw, and the social mores he confronted

2 Stupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State 1 35 of the Nation by Michael Moore (ReganBooks: $24.95) Lampooning the government and more

3 Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani (Miramax: $25.95) The 3 5 former New York City mayor recalls how life's lessons helped him deal with the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

4 The Conquerors by Michael R. Beschloss (Simon & -- 1 Schuster: $26.95) How American strategists and their Allies drew up a plan for a post-World War II Europe and a defanged Germany

5 My Losing Season by Pat Conroy (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 5 3 $27.95) The sorrows of life with a bullying father and the consolations of playing basketball at a South Carolina military college

6 Longitudes and Attitudes by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, 12 9 Straus & Giroux: $26) The New York Times foreign affairs columnist reflects on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

7 Rich Dad's Prophecy by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. 15 4 Lechter (Warner: $21.95) The authors predict a stock market crash and advise how to prepare for it

8 I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It by Charles Barkley with -- 1 Michael Wilbon (Random House: $22.95) The NBA star riffs on his sports career, and anything else that Sir Charles wants to talk about

9 Secrets by Daniel Ellsberg (Viking: $29.95) A memoir of 8 3 Vietnam, the publishing of the Pentagon Papers and Ellsberg's conversion from Cold War hawk to dove

10 Journals by Kurt Cobain (Riverhead: $29.95) Facsimile -- 1 reproductions of the Nirvana lead singer's journals, filled with drawings, plans for the band and his feelings on fame and music

11 When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden by Bill -- 1 Maher (New Millennium: $27.95) A guide to the ineptitude of the American people and their government during the war on terror

12 Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) 11 136 The coauthor of "The One-Minute Manager" uses the parable of mice in a maze to discuss managing change

13 Live From New York by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller 7 4 (Little, Brown: $25.95) A backstage recounting of the comic genius and egos of "Saturday Night Live."

14 Good to Great by Jim Collins (HarperCollins: $27.50) How 9 16 a great product, a healthy corporate culture and a disciplined work force can propel a company to success

15 Get With the Program! By Bob Greene (Simon & Schuster: 2 7 $24) Oprah's personal trainer combines an exercise plan with a look at the emotional connection to eating

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