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Los Angeles Times List For August 10, 2003

August 10, 2003|Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

*--* 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 19 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: 2 3 $25.95) New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on the trail of an Indian contract worker who has gone missing

3 Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind (Tor Books: $29.95) -- 1 Intrigue, violence and conflict face the beautiful Kahlan Amnell and husband Richard Rahl, the heroic Sword of Truth

4 Trading Up by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion: $24.95) Model 3 4 Janey Wilcox doesn't let marriage to an entertainment exec get in the way as she hones her social-climbing skills

5 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday: 4 15 $21.95) A recent college grad puts up with a nightmare of a boss at a high-fashion magazine

6 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown: $21.95) 6 58 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him

7 Exit Wounds by J.A. Jance (William Morrow: $24.95) -- 1 Sheriff Joanna Brady seeks the killer of three women and discovers a horrifying secret

8 Lake House by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $27.95) Six 11 8 children survive years of captivity and yearn to be with the couple who saved them in this sequel to "When the Wind Blows."

9 Changing Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt: $22) The -- 1 people of Sita Dulip's Earth change not airplanes but planes of existence in this new collection of short stories

10 A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George (Bantam, Doubleday -- 1 Dell: $26.95) Deborah and Simon St. James try to clear her old friends China and Cherokee River in the death of an expatriate millionaire

11 Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine: $19.95) A 7 2 Navy SEAL and an FBI sharpshooter find love as they hunt for the terrorists who may have kidnapped the SEAL's family

12 Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs (Scribner: $25) A forensic -- 3 anthropologist's vacation to the North Carolina seashore is stopped cold when sets of remains turn up

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

14 The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time by Mark 5 2 Haddon (Doubleday: $22.95) After being falsely accused, the novel's teen autistic narrator looks for the real murderer of a neighbor's poodle

15 Hard Rain by Barry Eisler (Putnam: $24.95) Freelance -- 1 assassin John Rain returns to Tokyo to liquidate a brutal gangster and hit man

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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) 1 3 Katharine Hepburn reveals more about her legendary life in this book postponed until after her death

2 Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & 5 8 Schuster: $28 ) The senator and former first lady's memoirs, from her courtship with Bill Clinton to her rocky years in the White House

3 Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (Doubleday: 2 2 $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

4 Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster: 3 4 $30) A new look at the printer turned statesman, both a pragmatist and an ambitious self-promoter

5 Treason by Ann Coulter (Crown Forum: $26.95) The 6 5 conservative pundit contends that liberals have been on the wrong side of every foreign policy issue from the Cold War to the war on terrorism

6 The Kennedy Curse: Why America's First Family Has Been 4 3 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

7 The Essential 55 by Ron Clark (Hyperion: $19.95) Rules 7 5 devised by an award-winning teacher to promote successful learning, manners and accountability in the classroom

8 The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 10 21 $19.99) How the principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism lead to a fulfilled life

9 Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House: $25.95) -- 34 How three men transformed a thoroughbred horse from an also-ran to an American sports icon

10 Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) 14 151 The co-author of "The One-Minute Manager" uses the parable of mice in a maze to discuss managing change

11 Atkins for Life by Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's Press: 11 27 $24.95) The late physician's mission against low-fat diets argues that carbohydrates are the true culprits in weight gain

12 When Hollywood Had a King by Connie Bruck (Random House: -- 7 $29.95) The life and times of Hollywood power broker extraordinaire Lew Wasserman

13 Good to Great by Jim Collins (HarperCollins: $25.50) How -- 32 a great product, a healthy corporate culture and a disciplined work force can propel a company to success

14 Moneyball by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton: $24.95) How 9 11 Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's use of statistics helped transform major league castoffs into a winning franchise

15 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: 12 46 $21.95) How to improve relationships and encourage contentment by living in the present

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