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Los Angeles Times List For May 18, 2003

May 18, 2003

*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

9 The Dive From Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer (Vintage: $14) A woman struggles with the meaning of life

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

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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) How a low-carb diet helps shed pounds

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

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

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

6 War Talk by Arundhati Roy (South End Press: $12) Essays critical of the U.S., arguing that war pits rich against poor

7 Dreaming War by Gore Vidal (Thunder's Mouth: $11.95) Arguing that greed underlies President Bush's focus on Iraq

8 A Child Called 'It' by Dave Pelzer (Health Communications: $9.95) Life with a sadistic mother

9 Misconceptions by Naomi Wolf (Anchor: $14) An unvarnished look at the trials of new motherhood

10 Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace by Gore Vidal (Thunder's Mouth, $10) The U.S. against the world

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