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Los Angeles Times List For May 25, 2003

May 25, 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 8 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 4 $21.95) A recent college grad puts up with a nightmare of a boss at a high-fashion magazine

3 The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins: -- 1 $25.95) Somebody's skimming tribe funds, an undercover agent's body turns up, and Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn are on the case

4 Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins (Bantam: $24) The 5 3 outlandish experiences of a family with the blood of a mischievous folkloric creature running through their veins

5 Good Faith by Jane Smiley (Alfred A. Knopf: $26) A 13 2 small-town real estate agent gets drawn into a dubious development deal in the high-rolling 1980s

6 Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood (Doubleday: $26) In a -- 1 forbidding future world, a scientist has wiped out the evil human race and created a loving species to go forth and multiply

7 Unpaid Dues by Barbara Seranella (Scribner: $25) Mechanic -- 1 Munch Mancini hunts a killer after a triple homicide reveals old ties to Munch's bad girl past

8 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown: $21.95) 9 47 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him

9 The King of Torts by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) The 10 15 case of a young man charged in a street killing turns out to be tied to a conspiracy involving a pharmaceutical giant

10 Executive Power by Vince Flynn (Atria Books: $25) CIA -- 1 operative Mitch Rapp looks for an elusive mastermind with a plan for a Palestinian state that spells disaster for Israel and terrorists

11 No Second Chance by Harlan Coben (Dutton: $24.95) A 4 2 plastic surgeon searches for his kidnapped infant daughter after a shooting that leaves him wounded and his wife dead

12 The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & 3 4 Schuster: $26) The private plane of a biotech executive crashes amid revelations that he's looted money from investors

13 A Cold Heart by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine: $26.95) 8 3 Alex Delaware pursues a killer through the City of Angels whose victims are various gifted artists murdered as they stage comebacks

14 Same as It Never Was by Claire Scovell LaZebnik (St. -- 1 Martin's: $24.95) A self-absorbed young woman finds herself raising her little sister when her family is killed in a car crash

15 Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow: $25.95) -- 3 A hurricane bears down on an island as two U.S. marshals search for an escaped inmate from a hospital for the criminally insane

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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 3 8 life and times of a Princeton student who is courted by a Middle Eastern monarch and becomes Jordanian royalty

2 Krakatoa by Simon Winchester (HarperCollins: $25.95) The 7 3 cataclysmic eruption in 1883 of a volcanic island in Indonesia and its aftereffects, felt the world over

3 A Patriot's Handbook edited by Caroline Kennedy -- 1 (Hyperion: $27.95) A personal selection of poetry and prose that celebrates the people, land and history of America

4 Stupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State 1 62 of the Nation by Michael Moore (ReganBooks: $24.95) Lampooning the Bush administration and more

5 The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 12 11 $19.99) How the principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism lead to a fulfilled life

6 A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (Doubleday: 8 2 $22.95) A harrowing memoir tracing the author's dark descent into drug abuse and struggle to detox

7 Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) 11 149 The co-author of "The One-Minute Manager" uses the parable of mice in a maze to discuss managing change

8 Positively Fifth Street by James McManus (Farrar, Straus -- 3 and Giroux: $26) Poet and novelist McManus gives an inside look at the color and characters inhabiting the 2000 World Series of Poker

9 Wacky Chicks by Simon Doonan (Simon & Schuster: $24) -- 1 Life stories of 16 women who qualify as "wacky chicks," those nonconformist, outrageous spirits who challenge society's norms

10 Atkins for Life by Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's: 2 16 $24.95) The late physician's mission against low-fat diets argues that carbohydrates are the true culprits in weight gain

11 Life as a Daymaker by David Wagner (Jodere: $17) The -- 1 power of random acts of kindness and a lesson on how to improve the lives of the people around you

12 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: 6 39 $21.95) How to improve relationships and encourage happiness and contentment by living in the present

13 The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis (Modern Library: -- 4 $19.95) A preeminent scholar of the Middle East maps out Muslim anxiety toward Western imperialism, past and present

14 Are You Hungry, Dear? by Doris Roberts with Danelle -- 2 Morton (St. Martin's: $24.95) A memoir of childhood, recipes, family and acting from the mama on "Everybody Loves Raymond."

15 Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel (Arcade: $27.95) A 5 5 son's claims about his father in the infamous 1947 murder of a young women in Los Angeles. Reviewed by Gary Indiana, Page 2

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