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Los Angeles Times List For August 3, 2003

August 03, 2003

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

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*--* 1 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $24.95) A 1 18 Louvre curator's killing leads to clues hidden in Leonardo's paintings and a secret society with something to hide

2 To the Nines by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press: 12 2 $25.95) New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on the trail of an Indian contract worker who has gone missing

3 Trading Up by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion: $24.95) Model 3 3 Janey Wilcox doesn't let marriage to an entertainment exec get in the way as she hones her social climbing skills

4 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday: 2 14 $21.95) A recent college grad puts up with a nightmare of a boss at a high-fashion magazine

5 The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time by Mark -- 1 Haddon (Doubleday: $22.95) After being falsely accused, the novel's teen autistic narrator looks for the real murderer of a neighbor's poodle

6 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown: $21.95) 5 57 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him

7 Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine: $19.95) A -- 1 Navy SEAL and an FBI sharpshooter find love as they hunt for the terrorists who may have kidnapped the SEAL's family

8 Dirty Laundry by Paula L. Woods (One World: $23.95) -- 1 Charlotte Justice faces messy city politics as she tries to uncover who killed a young campaign strategist in L.A.'s Koreatown

9 White Death by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos (Putnam: 6 5 $26.95) After a showdown between a Danish ship and environmentalists, Kurt Austin discovers something sinister afloat

10 The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst (Little, Brown: -- 5 $21.95) A man tries to teach the family dog to talk after realizing the canine is the only witness to his wife's fatal fall from a tree

11 Lake House by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $27.95) Six 4 7 children survive years of captivity and yearn to be with the couple who saved them in this sequel to "When the Wind Blows."

12 Johnny Angel by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press: $19.95) 11 3 A high school heartthrob killed in a car crash after his senior prom comes back to Earth to help his loved ones heal

13 Dead File by Kelly Lange (Warner Books: $24.95) TV -- 1 newshound Maxi Poole uncovers pharmaceutical corruption when she probes the murder of a dietary supplement executive

14 Maneater by Gigi Levangie Grazer (Simon & Schuster: 7 6 $23.95) A 30-ish social climber is determined to have the wedding of the season. (Reviewed by Jonathan Kirsch, Page 2)

15 Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith 14 3 (Pantheon: $19.95) The proprietor of Botswana's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency has a rival setting up shop

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

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*--* 1 Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg (Putnam: $25.95) 2 2 Katharine Hepburn reveals more about her legendary life in this book postponed until after her death

2 Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (Doubleday: -- 1 $26) The shadowy world of Mormon fundamentalism that led two men to kill their brother's family on what they believed were direct orders from God

3 Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster: 3 3 $30) A new look at the printer turned statesman, both a pragmatist and an ambitious self-promoter

4 The Kennedy Curse: Why America's First Family Has Been 5 2 Haunted by Tragedy for 150 Years by Edward Klein (St. Martin's Press: $24.95) A chronicle of the deaths and tragedies of a dynasty

5 Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & 1 7 Schuster: $28 ) The senator and former first lady's memoirs, from her courtship with Bill Clinton to her rocky years in the White House

6 Treason by Ann Coulter (Crown Forum: $26.95) The 6 4 conservative pundit contends liberals have been on the wrong side of every foreign policy issue from the Cold War to the war on terrorism

7 The Essential 55 by Ron Clark (Hyperion: $19.95) Rules 4 4 devised by an award-winning teacher to promote successful learning, manners and accountability in the classroom

8 Beyond Belief by Elaine Pagels (Random House: $24.95) 12 6 How early Christian fathers debated which texts should be considered authoritative and embraced the gospel of John over that of Thomas

9 Moneyball by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton: $24.95) How 8 10 Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's use of statistics helped transform major league castoffs into a winning franchise

10 The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 7 20 $19.99) How the principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism lead to a fulfilled life

11 Atkins for Life by Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's: 9 26 $24.95) The late physician's mission against low-fat diets argues that carbohydrates are the true culprits in weight gain

12 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: 10 45 $21.95) How to improve relationships and encourage contentment by living in the present

13 Fun While It Lasted by Bruce McNall with Michael -- 1 D'Antonio (Hyperion: $24.95) A memoir of McNall's rise as a dealer in coins, thoroughbreds and more, and his fall after being arrested for fraud

14 Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) -- 150 The co-author of "The One-Minute Manager" uses the parable of mice in a maze to discuss managing change

15 Sex Money KISS by Gene Simmons (New Millennium: $25.95) -- 1 The rocker shares the vision of finances and females that fueled the success of his band KISS and other ventures

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