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Los Angeles Times List For May 4, 2003

May 04, 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 2 5 Louvre curator's murder 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: -- 1 $21.95) A recent college grad puts up with a nightmare of a boss at a high-fashion magazine

3 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown: $21.95) 3 44 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him

4 Lost Light by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: $25.95) A 1 4 film employee's murder and the heist of $1 million used as a movie prop draw Harry Bosch into the role of avenging angel

5 The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & -- 1 Schuster: $26) The private plane of a biotech executive crashes amid revelations that he's looted money from investors

6 The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks (Warner: $24.95) A young 11 2 woman is caught between mourning her late husband and the unwanted affections of a stalker

7 The King of Torts by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) The 6 12 case of a young man charged in a street killing turns out to be tied to a conspiracy involving a pharmaceutical giant

8 Left Behind: Armageddon by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. 4 2 Jenkins (Tyndale House: $24.99) The Tribulation Force is drawn to the Middle East as a final war against the anti-Christ nears

9 Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow: $25.95) -- 1 A U.S. marshal is sent on a mysterious mission to a hospital for the criminally insane

10 Dirty Work by Stuart Woods (Putnam: $25.95) Private eye -- 1 Stone Barrington is on the trail of the world's most dangerous female assassin, who just happens to be trying to kill Stone's main squeeze

11 Sugar Skull by Denise Hamilton (Scribner: $25) Feisty 13 3 reporter Eve Diamond looks for the connection between the deaths of a runaway and a socialite during the Mexican Day of the Dead in L.A

12 Cerulean Sins by Laurell K. Hamilton (Berkley: $22.95) 8 3 Vampire hunter Anita Blake, hired by a sinister stranger to raise the dead, is caught in a hunt for a supernatural killer

13 Birthright by Nora Roberts (Putnam: $25.95) An 14 3 archeological site unearthed at a housing tract attracts a beautiful archeologist, her ex-husband and a stranger who knows all about her past

14 Crabwalk by Gunter Grass (Harcourt: $25) A journalist -- 1 pieces together the saga of the sinking of the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff by a Russian sub in 1945 in which about 9,000 died

15 All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown: -- 1 $25.95) An English professor recounts an obsessive romance born of a hotel fire at the turn of the 20th century

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

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*--* 1 Leap of Faith by Queen Noor (Miramax Books: $25.95) The 1 5 life and times of a Princeton student who is courted by a Middle Eastern monarch and becomes Jordanian royalty

2 Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel (Arcade: $27.95) A 6 2 new investigation into the killer who eluded police after committing a Jack the Ripper-like murder of a young woman in 1947

3 Jarhead by Anthony Swofford (Scribner: $24) A blunt and 4 7 bittersweet Gulf War memoir from a former Marine sniper, recounting the loneliness and brutality of life as a soldier

4 Stupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of 2 59 the Nation by Michael Moore (ReganBooks: $24.95) Lampooning the Bush administration and more

5 Positively Fifth Street by James McManus (Farrar, Straus -- 1 and Giroux: $26) Poet and novelist McManus gives an inside look at the color and characters inhabiting the 2000 World Series of Poker

6 What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson (Random 3 13 House: $24.95) A look at 50 professionals, some successful, some not, and their thoughts on pursuing dreams through their careers

7 The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis (Modern Library: 9 2 $19.95) A preeminent scholar of the Middle East maps out Muslim anxiety toward Western imperialism, past and present

8 Atkins for Life by Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's: 7 13 $24.95) The late physician's mission against low-fat diets argues that carbohydrates are the true culprits in weight gain

9 The Future of Freedom by Fareed Zakaria (W.W. Norton: -- 1 $24.95) Zakaria argues that democracy must be paired with the rule of law and protection of basic rights to lead to truly free societies

10 The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Crown: 8 9 $25.95) A chronicle of how a serial killer, posing as a charming doctor, haunted the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

11 Once Upon a Time by J. Randy Taraborrelli (Warner: -- 1 $25.95) A look at the lonely life of a princess in the fairy tale marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco

12 The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 15 9 $19.99) How the principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism lead to a fulfilled life

13 Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag (Farrar, -- 1 Straus & Giroux: $20) Sontag takes a fresh look at society's visual representations of war and atrocity

14 Dereliction of Duty by Robert Patterson (Regnery: $27.95) 13 5 A onetime military aide to President Clinton faults the former commander in chief for failing to lead the country with dignity

15 The Savage Nation by Michael Savage (WND Books: $24.99) 11 15 The confrontational radio show host is on a mission to save the nation from itself, railing against feminism and the lack of school prayer

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