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Los Angeles Times List For June 8, 2003

June 08, 2003

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

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

3 Atonement by Ian McEwan (Anchor: $14) A haunting novel of guilt and redemption in World War II England

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

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

6 The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (Griffin: $13.95) The travails of an overworked caregiver

7 Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (HarperPaperbacks: $13.95) Opera mingles with mayhem in South America

8 Beach House by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge (Warner: $7.99) A man seeks justice in his brother's death

9 Engaging the Enemy by Nora Roberts (Silhouette: $7.50) Two stories in which romance with a bad boy actually works out

10 McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales edited by Michael Chabon (Vintage: $13.95)

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*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction

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

2 Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine: $15) How a thoroughbred horse went from also-ran to sports icon

3 The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast (Plume: $14) A BBC reporter argues against globalization

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

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

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

7 What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi E. Murkoff et al. (Workman: $13.95) The ABC's of pregnancy

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

9 The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (Simon & Schuster: $14) Tapping your potential

10 The No Spin Zone by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway: $14) Insights from the outspoken Fox cable interviewer

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