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Los Angeles Times List For June 22, 2003

June 22, 2003

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

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

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

7 Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's: $7.99) A bounty hunter hunts for a missing girl and her mother

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 Fixed Ideas: America Since 9.11 by Joan Didion (New York Review of Books: $7.95) Why dissent isn't unpatriotic

10 Dreaming War by Gore Vidal (Thunder's Mouth: $11.95) Arguing that greed, not justice, underlies Bush's focus on Iraq

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