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Los Angeles Times List For January 26, 2003

January 26, 2003

*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction LAST WEEK WEEKS ON LIST 1 The Lovely Bones by Alice 1 30 Sebold (Little, Brown: $21.95) A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him

2 Life of Pi by Yann Martel 4 9 (Harcourt: $25) After a ship disaster, a lone Indian man shares a raft with a Bengal tiger during a harrowing and hallucinatory trip

3 Crossroads of Twilight by 11 2 Robert Jordan (Tor Books: $29.95) The monumental "Wheel of Time" story continues, as armies on distant worlds rattle their swords

4 Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey -- 1 Archer (St. Martin's: $27.95) Separated twins run against each other for Connecticut governor. (Reviewed by Julie Lipper, p. 11.)

5 I Don't Know How She Does 3 14 It by Allison Pearson (Alfred A. Knopf: $23) A darkly humorous tale of a woman juggling her high-powered career and family life

6 By the Light of the Moon 7 3 by Dean Koontz (Bantam: $26.95) A pair of strangers is on the run from the enemies of a mad doctor who has injected them with a strange substance

7 Let's All Kill Constance -- 2 by Ray Bradbury (HarperCollins: $23.95) Noir is turned on its head in this tale of a struggling scribe out to help an aging screen legend who thinks she's marked for death

8 Prey by Michael Crichton 2 8 (HarperCollins: $26.95) A foray into the chilling world of nanotechnology as a programmer tries to stop a destructive swarm of tiny machines

9 You Shall Know Our 5 14 Velocity by Dave Eggers (McSweeney's: $22) Two friends take an around-the-world trip, handing out money to strangers

10 The Arraignment by Steve -- 1 Martini (Putnam: $25.95) After his good friend is killed, attorney Paul Madriani gets caught up in an intrigue surrounding an ancient Mayan artifact

11 Forever by Pete Hamill 9 2 (Little, Brown: $25.95) In 18th century Ireland, a man is murdered and his son, bent on revenge, follows the killer to New York City amid the turmoil of a new nation's birth

12 Atonement by Ian McEwan 14 33 (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: $26) A haunting novel of guilt and redemption that follows several lives through the chaos of England in World War II

13 Caramelo by Sandra -- 5 Cisneros (Alfred A. Knopf: $24) In her first novel since "The House on Mango Street," Cisneros recounts the saga of the Reyes family in Mexico and the United States

14 Samaritan by Richard Price -- 1 (Alfred A. Knopf: $25) A retired television scribe is not talking after he's almost beaten to death, not even to the police detective who's a childhood friend from the projects

15 Four Blind Mice by James 6 8 Patterson (Little, Brown: $27.95) Alex Cross helps a friend save the life of an old Army buddy, who's been framed by a quartet of murderers for a killing spree

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*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction LAST WEEK WEEKS ON LIST 1 Stupid White Men and 2 45 Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation by Michael Moore (ReganBooks: $24.95) Lampooning the Bush administration and more

2 The Power of Now by 1 23 Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: $21.95) How to improve relationships and encourage happiness and contentment by living in the present

3 The Right Man by David -- 1 Frum (Random House: $25.95) A former presidential speechwriter writes about George W. Bush's transformation from contested victor to confident leader

4 Get With the Program! by 3 10 Bob Greene (Simon & Schuster: $24) Oprah's personal trainer combines an exercise plan with a look at the emotional connection to eating

5 Kingdom of Fear by Hunter -- 1 S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster: $25) An unorthodox memoir from the gonzo journalist, who opines on matters personal and political

6 Bush at War by Bob 4 8 Woodward (Simon & Schuster: $28) Inside the White House since the 2001 attacks, as the Bush administration runs the war on terrorism and puts Iraq in its gun sights

7 Portrait of a Killer by 7 8 Patricia Cornwell (Putnam: $27.95) The bestselling thriller writer spent millions on new forensic technology to unmask the man she believes was Jack the Ripper

8 The Savage Nation by -- 1 Michael Savage (WND Books: $24.99) The confrontational radio show host is on a mission to save the nation from itself, railing against feminism and the lack of school prayer

9 Everyday Grace by 5 7 Marianne Williamson (Riverhead Books: $19.95) Finding the spiritual in everything from being stuck in traffic to a boardroom confrontation

10 Good to Great by Jim -- 20 Collins (HarperCollins: $27.50) How a great product, a healthy corporate culture and a disciplined work force can propel a company to success

11 Los Angeles by A.M. Homes -- 1 (National Geographic: $20) A New York writer checks into the Chateau Marmont and sets out to discover what indeed makes the City of Angels tick

12 Execution by Larry -- 6 Bossidy, Ram Charan and Charles Burck (Crown: $27.50) A recipe for managerial success, from former Honeywell executive Bossidy and business advisor Charan

13 Body-for-Life by Bill -- 18 Phillips and Michael D'Orso (HarperCollins: $26) A 12-week program of weightlifting and cardiovascular exercise along with nutrition and motivation tips

14 The Nobel Peace Prize -- 1 Lecture by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster: $12) The former president's speech delivered in Oslo upon receiving the accolade

15 Leadership by Rudolph W. 9 15 Giuliani (Miramax: $25.95) The former New York City mayor recalls how life's lessons helped him deal with the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

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