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Los Angeles Times List For August 31, 2003

August 31, 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 22 Louvre curator's killing leads to clues hidden in Leonardo's paintings and a secret society with something to hide

2 The Teeth of the Tiger by Tom Clancy (Putnam: $27.95) 15 2 Young Jack Ryan Jr. enters the covert world to track down terrorists in a far more dangerous world than his father ever knew

3 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday: 2 18 $21.95) A recent college grad puts up with a nightmare of a boss at a high-fashion magazine

4 A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George (Bantam, Doubleday 4 4 Dell: $26.95) Deborah and Simon St. James try to clear her old friends in the death of an expatriate millionaire

5 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark 3 5 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) 10 61 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him

7 Trading Up by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion: $24.95) Model 6 7 Janey Wilcox doesn't let marriage to an entertainment exec get in the way as she hones her social-climbing skills

8 Blindside by Catherine Coulter (Putnam: $25.95) Married 8 3 FBI agents are on the trail of a serial killer who targets math teachers until a friend's son is kidnapped

9 Street Dreams by Faye Kellerman (Warner: $25.95) 5 2 Detectives investigate a long-ago murder in Germany and search for the mother of an abandoned baby

10 Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind (Tor Books: $29.95) 9 4 Intrigue, violence and conflict face the beautiful Kahlan Amnell and husband Richard Rahl in this Sword of Truth series

11 To the Nines by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press: 7 6 $25.95) New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on the trail of an Indian contract worker who has gone missing

12 Final Verdict by Sheldon Siegel (Putnam: $25.95) Legal -- 1 eagles Mike Daley and ex-wife Rosie Fernandez defend a skid row resident charged with killing a Silicon Valley venture capitalist

13 Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho Press: $24) A 14 2 working-class heroine turned detective finds romance and intrigue in World War I-era England

14 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: -- 10 $27) A Greek family embraces the mid-century American dream, and a young girl takes a journey to womanhood

15 Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Random House: $24.95) -- 3 The daughter of a grocer must choose between the uptown life of a fashion apprentice and duty to family in 1950s New York

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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 6 Katharine Hepburn reveals more about her legendary life in this book postponed until after her death

2 Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & 6 11 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 5 $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 7 $30) A new look at the printer turned statesman, both a pragmatist and an ambitious self-promoter

5 The Essential 55 by Ron Clark (Hyperion: $19.95) Rules 4 8 devised by an award-winning teacher to promote successful learning, manners and accountability in the classroom

6 Treason by Ann Coulter (Crown Forum: $26.95) The 5 8 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 Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House: $25.95) 7 37 How three men transformed a thoroughbred from an also-ran to an American sports icon

8 The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 8 24 $19.99) How the principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism lead to a fulfilled life

9 The Kennedy Curse: Why America's First Family Has Been 10 6 Haunted by Tragedy for 150 Years by Edward Klein (St. Martin's Press: $24.95) A chronicle of the tragedies of a dynasty

10 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: 11 49 $21.95) How to improve relationships and encourage contentment by living in the present

11 Schott's Original Miscellany by Ben Schott (Bloomsbury: 9 3 $14.95) A compendium of just about everything you always wanted to know

12 How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life by Peter Robinson -- 1 (ReganBooks: $24.95) Lessons for living drawn from President Reagan's life by a former speechwriter for the Gipper

13 Moneyball by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton: $24.95) How -- 13 Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane's use of statistics helped transform the major league castoffs into a winning franchise

14 Dark Harbor by Ved Mehta (Thunder's Mouth Press: $24.95) -- 1 Building a house on a small Maine island becomes a metaphor for the struggles, including blindness, faced by a longtime New Yorker contributor

15 A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson 13 9 (Broadway: $27.50) An entertaining guide to the great moments in the history of science, from the Big Bang to the present day

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