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Los Angeles Times List For May 11, 2003

May 11, 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 6 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: 2 2 $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 45 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him

4 The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & 5 2 Schuster: $26) The private plane of a biotech executive crashes amid revelations that he's looted money from investors

5 Lost Light by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: $25.95) A 4 5 film employee's murder and the heist of $1 million used as a movie prop draw Harry Bosch into the role of avenging angel

6 All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown: 15 2 $25.95) An English professor recounts an obsessive romance born of a hotel fire at the turn of the 20th century

7 Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow: $25.95) 9 2 A U.S. marshal is sent on a mysterious mission to a hospital for the criminally insane

8 A Cold Heart by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine: $26.95) -- 1 Alex Delaware pursues a killer through the City of Angels whose victims are various gifted artists murdered as they staged comebacks

9 Left Behind: Armageddon by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. 8 3 Jenkins (Tyndale House: $24.99) The Tribulation Force is drawn to the Middle East as a final war against the anti-Christ nears

10 The King of Torts by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) The 7 13 case of a young man charged in a street killing turns out to be tied to a conspiracy involving a pharmaceutical giant

11 The Book of Salt by Monique Truong (Houghton Mifflin: -- 1 $24) Exiled, a Vietnamese cook finds himself working in the Parisian household of Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein

12 Dirty Work by Stuart Woods (Putnam: $25.95) Private eye 10 2 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

13 Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins (Bantam: $24) The -- 1 outlandish experiences of a family with the blood of a mischievous folkoric creature running through their veins

14 Bay of Souls by Robert Stone (Houghton Mifflin: $25) A -- 1 married college professor seeks something wild in an affair, and then finds more wildness than he ever wanted on a Caribbean island

15 Wild Orchids by Jude Devereaux (Atria: $25.95) When a -- 1 mystery writer probes a North Carolina death with satanic connotations, he finds that the devil's not just in the details

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

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*--* 1 Atkins for Life by Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's: 8 14 $24.95) The late physician's mission against low-fat diets argues that carbohydrates are the true culprits in weight gain

2 Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel (Arcade: $27.95) A 2 3 new investigation into the killer who eluded police after committing a Jack the Ripper-like murder of a young woman in 1947

3 Leap of Faith by Queen Noor (Miramax Books: $25.95) The 1 6 life and times of a Princeton student who is courted by a Middle Eastern monarch and becomes Jordanian royalty

4 Krakatoa by Simon Winchester (HarperCollins: $25.95) The -- 1 cataclysmic eruption in 1883 of a volcanic island in Indonesia. Reviewed by Kenneth Reich, Page 10

5 Dereliction of Duty by Robert Patterson (Regnery: $27.95) 14 6 A onetime military aide to President Clinton faults the former commander in chief for failing to lead the country with dignity

6 Jarhead by Anthony Swofford (Scribner: $24) A blunt and 3 8 bittersweet Gulf War memoir from a former Marine sniper, recounting the loneliness and brutality of life as a soldier

7 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: -- 37 $21.95) How to improve relationships and encourage happiness and contentment by living in the present

8 The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis (Modern Library: 7 3 $19.95) A preeminent scholar of the Middle East maps out Muslim anxiety toward Western imperialism, past and present

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

10 Positively Fifth Street by James McManus (Farrar, Straus 5 2 and Giroux: $26) Poet and novelist McManus gives an inside look at the color and characters inhabiting the 2000 World Series of Poker

11 Stupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of 4 60 the Nation by Michael Moore (ReganBooks: $24.95) Lampooning the Bush administration and more

12 Among the Mansions of Eden by David Weddle (William -- 2 Morrow: $25.95) Life and times in Beverly Hills, from its early days to its posh status as the heart and soul of the 90210

13 Guarding the Moon by Francesca Lia Block (HarperResource: -- 1 $16.95) How a writer's life was illumined and changed by the birth of her daughter

14 What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson (Random 6 14 House: $24.95) A look at 50 professionals, some successful, some not, and their thoughts on pursuing dreams through their careers

15 Are You Hungry, Dear? by Doris Roberts with Danelle -- 1 Morton (St. Martin's: $24.95) A memoir of childhood struggles, foods, family and acting from the mama on "Everybody Loves Raymond."

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