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Los Angeles Times List For October 5, 2003

October 05, 2003



*--* 1 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $24.95) A 1 27 Louvre curator's killing leads to clues hidden in Leonardo's paintings and a secret society with something to hide.

2 The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Houghton Mifflin: $24) A 3 5 Bengali couple and their son, named for the Russian writer Gogol, experience cultural jolts after leaving Calcutta for America.

3 Bleachers by John Grisham (Doubleday: $19.95) A former 2 3 NFL player returns home to join a vigil for his dying high school football coach and meets a woman he abandoned years before.

4 The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday: -- 1 $26) The tale of a white boy in a black and Puerto Rican neighborhood in 1970s Brooklyn.

5 Remember When by Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb (Putnam: -- 1 $25.95) A small-town antiques dealer is targeted by a ruthless killer for a share of a 60-year-old multimillion-dollar diamond heist.

6 Diary by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday: $24.95) A tortured 4 4 artist writes a diary about her life with a comatose husband and copes with mysterious events and ailments.

7 The Teeth of the Tiger by Tom Clancy (Putnam: $27.95) 5 7 Young Jack Ryan Jr. enters the covert world to track down terrorists in a far more dangerous world than his father ever knew.

8 The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks (Warner: $23.95) His 6 2 daughter's wedding offers a workaholic lawyer and his wife a golden opportunity to revive their marriage.

9 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark 8 10 Haddon (Doubleday: $22.95) Falsely accused, an autistic teen looks for the real murderer of a neighbor's poodle.

10 Death by Hollywood by Steven Bochco (Random House: 9 2 $24.95) A screenwriter on the skids witnesses a murder and turns it into a screenplay.

11 Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (MacAdam/Cage: -- 1 $25) A time-traveling librarian falls in love with a teenage heiress on one of his mysterious migrations in time.

12 The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine: 24.95) A -- 4 detective duo is called in to investigate a horrific murder at a quiet convent.

13 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday: 7 23 $21.95) A recent college grad puts up with a nightmare of a boss at a high-fashion magazine.

14 Jamesland by Michelle Huneven (Knopf: $24) A tightly knit -- 1 community of troubled eccentrics in Los Angeles' Los Feliz area struggle with faith and self-acceptance.

15 She Is Me by Cathleen Schine (Little, Brown: $23.95) -- 1 Daughter, mother and grandmother work through emotional and physical crises as the youngest tries to update "Madame Bovary" for film.




*--* 1 Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken 1 6 (Dutton: $24.95) A heaping dose of subversive wit aimed at political leaders and pundits on the right and left.

2 The Great Unraveling by Paul Krugman (W.W. Norton: 9 2 $25.95) A Princeton economist and New York Times op-ed columnist attacks the fiscal policies of the Bush administration.

3 Madame Secretary by Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward -- 1 (Miramax: $27) The first female secretary of State recounts her life from European refugee to hard-driving diplomat.

4 Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (Doubleday: 11 10 $26) Two Mormon fundamentalists kill their brother's family on what they believe are God's orders.

5 Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: 2 4 $17) A guide to embracing life in the here and now and gaining spiritual insight by mastering the art of "inner stillness."

6 Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg (Putnam: $25.95) 4 11 Katharine Hepburn reveals more about her legendary life in this book, postponed until after her death.

7 The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 8 29 $19.99) How the "God-ordained" principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism bring fulfillment.

8 Schott's Original Miscellany by Ben Schott (Bloomsbury: -- 6 $14.95) An eclectic compendium of facts, diagrams, symbols and just about everything you always wanted to know.

9 Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster: 6 12 $30) A new look at the printer turned statesman, a view of the founding father as both pragmatist and ambitious self-promoter.

10 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: 10 54 $21.95) How to improve all of one's relationships, encourage happiness and find contentment by living in the now.

11 True Notebooks by Mark Salzman (Knopf: $24) A writer -- 1 teaches his craft to juvenile hall inmates, eventually freeing them to write sometimes remarkable prose.

12 The Between Boyfriends Book by Cindy Chupack (St. -- 1 Martin's Press: $19.95) "Sex and the City" producer's meditations on the mysteries of dating, therapy and male behavior.

13 The Lord Is My Shepherd by Harold S. Kushner (Knopf: -- 1 $19.95) A rabbi explores the 23rd Psalm and its 57 Hebrew words as a theology of life, loss and healing wisdom.

14 Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & 7 16 Schuster: $28) The senator and former first lady's memoirs, from her courtship with Bill Clinton through her years in the White House.

15 Shut Up and Sing by Laura Ingraham (Regnery: $27.95) -- 1 Conservative writer attacks "elites" she defines as antiwar protesters, secularists, internationalists, academics and others.


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