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Los Angeles Times List For June 8, 2003

June 08, 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 10 Louvre curator's killing leads to clues hidden in Leonardo's paintings and a secret society with something to hide

2 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday: 2 6 $21.95) A recent college grad puts up with a nightmare of a boss at a high-fashion magazine

3 Naked Prey by John Sandford (Putnam: $26.95) Lucas 3 2 Davenport delves into the deaths of a black man and a white woman found hanging from a tree in northern Minnesota

4 The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins: 5 3 $25.95) Somebody's skimming tribal funds, an undercover agent's body turns up and Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn are on the case

5 Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood (Doubleday: $26) In a 11 3 forbidding future world, a scientist has wiped out the evil human race and created a loving species to go forth and multiply

6 Executive Power by Vince Flynn (Atria Books: $25) CIA 10 3 operative Mitch Rapp looks for an elusive mastermind with a plan for a Palestinian state that spells disaster for Israel and terrorists

7 Good Morning, Killer by April Smith (Alfred A. Knopf: -- 1 $24) The pursuit of a demented serial rapist turns personal when he harms someone close to feisty FBI Special Agent Ana Gray

8 No Second Chance by Harlan Coben (Dutton: $24.95) A 7 4 plastic surgeon searches for his kidnapped infant daughter after a shooting leaves him wounded and his wife dead

9 Getting Mother's Body by Suzan-Lori Parks (Random House: -- 1 $23.95) A pregnant teen needs money and takes a sweaty road trip to Arizona to dig up the jewels buried with her mother

10 Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins (Bantam: $24) The 4 5 outlandish experiences of a family with the blood of a mischievous folkloric creature running through its veins

11 A Cold Heart by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine: $26.95) 9 5 Alex Delaware pursues a killer through the City of Angels whose victims are various gifted artists slain as they stage comebacks

12 The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks (Warner: $24.95) A young -- 2 woman is caught between mourning her late husband and the unwanted affections of a stalker

13 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown: $21.95) 6 49 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him

14 The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & -- 5 Schuster: $26) Corporate misdeeds surrounding a phony cancer cure spark a killer to go on a murder spree

15 Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow: $25.95) -- 4 A hurricane bears down on an island as two U.S. marshals search for an escaped inmate from a hospital for the criminally insane

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

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*--* 1 An Unfinished Life by Robert Dallek (Little, Brown: $30) 1 2 JFK's health, politics and love life revealed through family papers and the insights of those close to him

2 Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel (Arcade: $27.95) A -- 6 son's claims about his father In the infamous 1947 killing of a young women in Los Angeles

3 Reefer Madness by Eric Schlosser (Houghton Mifflin: $23) 5 2 A look at the underground economy of pornography, drugs and migrant labor

4 A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson -- 1 (Broadway: $27.50) An entertaining guide to the great moments in the history of science, from the Big Bang to the present day

5 Krakatoa by Simon Winchester (HarperCollins: $25.95) The 3 5 cataclysmic eruption in 1883 of a volcanic island in Indonesia and its aftereffects, felt the world over

6 The Teammates by David Halberstam (Hyperion: $22.95) The -- 1 lives and friendships of four ballplayers from the legendary 1940s Boston Red Sox

7 The Clinton Wars by Sidney Blumenthal (Farrar, Straus & -- 1 Giroux: $30) A former Clinton advisor makes his case that the president's legacy contains more than Monica and impeachment

8 Moneyball by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton: $24.95) How 8 2 Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's use of statistics helped transform major league castoffs into a winning franchise

9 Leap of Faith by Queen Noor (Miramax Books: $25.95) The 2 10 life and times of a Princeton student who is courted by a Middle Eastern monarch and becomes Jordanian royalty

10 The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: -- 40 $21.95) How to improve relationships and encourage happiness and contentment by living in the present

11 Atkins for Life by Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's: 4 18 $24.95) The late physician's mission against low-fat diets argues that carbohydrates are the true culprits in weight gain

12 A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (Doubleday: $22.95) -- 3 A harrowing memoir traces the author's dark descent into drug abuse and struggle to detox

13 The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 6 13 $19.99) How the principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism lead to a fulfilled life

14 What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson (Random 7 17 House: $24.95) A look at 50 professionals, some successful, some not, and their thoughts on pursuing dreams through their careers

15 Positively Fifth Street by James McManus (Farrar, Straus 12 5 and Giroux: $26) Poet and novelist McManus gives an inside look at the color and characters inhabiting the 2000 World Series of Poker

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