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Los Angeles Times List For August 17, 2003

August 17, 2003

*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction


*--* 1 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin: $14) A teenage girl is haunted by her mother's death

2 Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Harvest Books: $14) An Indian boy shares a lifeboat with a tiger on a harrowing trip

3 Three Junes by Julia Glass (Anchor: $14) A Scottish family comes together over three summers

4 East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Penguin: $16) Cain and Abel come of age in California's Salinas Valley

5 The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber (Harvest: $15) Tale of a London prostitute, her lover and his wife

6 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Pocket Books: $7.99) A Harvard scholar uncovers a vendetta against the Catholic Church

7 In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner (Washington Square Press: $14) Two sisters sort through childhood baggage

8 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor: $11.95) Botswana's female private eye

9 Mysterious by Nora Roberts (Harlequin: $14.95) Three classic mysteries from this suspense romance writer

10 Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy (Berkley: $7.99) Jack Ryan uncovers KGB plot to kill the pope and create global chaos


*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction


*--* 1 Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine: $15.95) How an also-ran thoroughbred became America's favorite racehorse

2 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution by Robert C. Atkins (Quill: $13.95) Shedding pounds with a low-carb diet

3 Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs (Picador: $14) A boy goes to live with his mother's psychiatrist

4 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter (Techpress: $15.95) Fiscal parenting

5 Before the Change by Ann Louise Gittleman (Harper SanFrancisco: $14) Dealing with perimenopause

6 Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (HarperCollins: $13.95) The unappetizing practices of the junk-food industry

7 Self Matters by Phillip C. McGraw (Free Press: $14) Self-help guru on how to "create your life from the inside out."

8 Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen: $12.95) A code of conduct based on Toltec wisdom

9 Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn (Hampton Roads: $14.95) Being positive gets results

10 A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn (Perennial: $18.95) U.S. history, warts and all


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