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Los Angeles Times List For October 26, 2003

October 26, 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 30 Louvre curator's killing leads to clues hidden in Leonardo's paintings and a secret society with something to hide.

2 The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom 2 3 (Hyperion: $19.95) An amusement park maintenance man faces his life, death and afterlife in this three-part parable.

3 Split Second by David Baldacci (Warner Books: $26.95) A 3 2 pair of disgraced Secret Service agents join forces to solve two campaign trail crimes.

4 The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin (Hyperion: 5 2 $19.95) A man suffering from agoraphobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder copes with the vicissitudes of life.

5 The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday: 10 4 $26) The tale of a white boy in a black and Puerto Rican neighborhood in 1970s Brooklyn.

6 Bleachers by John Grisham (Doubleday: $19.95) A former 4 6 NFL player returns home to join a vigil for his dying high school football coach and meets a woman he abandoned years before.

7 The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Houghton Mifflin: $24) A 10 4 Bengali couple and their son, named for the Russian writer Gogol, experience cultural jolts after leaving Calcutta for America.

8 Havana by Stephen Hunter (Simon & Schuster: $24.95) Earl -- 1 Swagger runs into trouble in Batista's Cuba, including a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro.

9 Train by Pete Dexter (Doubleday: $24.95) A black caddy -- 1 and a police detective form an unlikely alliance in this dark tale set in the Los Angeles of the 1950s.

10 Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow: $27.95) A 14 3 small-town antiques dealer is targeted by a ruthless killer for a share of a 60-year-old multimillion-dollar diamond heist.

11 The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks (Warner Books: $23.95) His 15 5 daughter's wedding offers a workaholic lawyer a golden opportunity to revive his own marriage.

12 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark 12 12 Haddon (Doubleday: $22.95) Falsely accused, an autistic teen looks for the real murderer of a neighbor's poodle.

13 Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow: $25) A -- 10 young girl's murder in a Massachusetts neighborhood causes three friends to confront their pasts.

14 Blacklist by Sara Paretsky (Penguin: $24.95) Private eye 11 2 V.I. Warshawski investigates a murder with links to the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s.

15 Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam: $26.95) Forensic -- 1 pathologist Kay Scarpetta is drawn into a series of gruesome murders in Louisiana bayou country.

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

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*--* 1 Dude, Where's My Country? by Michael Moore (Warner Books: -- 1 $24.95) Advice from the veteran gadfly on how to take back the country from the conservative forces currently running it.

2 Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken 1 9 (Dutton: $24.95) A heaping dose of subversive wit aimed at political leaders and pundits on the right and left.

3 Who's Looking Out for You? by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway 2 3 Books: $24.95) Talk show host mixes outrage at corrupt people and institutions with practical advice.

4 Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong (Broadway Books: -- 1 $24.95) The Tour de France champion recalls the triumphs along with the travails of his personal and professional life.

5 Where I Was From by Joan Didion (Knopf: $23) A California 4 3 native daughter recasts the once promising Golden State as a place of wasteful extravagance and greed, built on federal funding.

6 The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 9 32 $19.99) How the "God-ordained" principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism bring fulfillment.

7 Flyboys by James Bradley (Little Brown: $25.95) A history 15 2 of combat in the Pacific during World War II, centered on a group of U.S. Navy and Marine aviators.

8 Heart Full of Lies by Ann Rule (Free Press: $26) The -- 1 true-crime writer details the case of a woman who murders her husband on an Oregon camping trip in order to collect on his insurance.

9 Bushwhacked by Molly Ivins (Random House: $24.95) The -- 2 syndicated columnist and critic of George W. Bush dissects his presidency and finds that he has pursued "crony capitalism" to extremes.

10 The Great Unraveling by Paul Krugman (W.W. Norton: 14 4 $25.95) The Princeton economist and New York Times op-ed columnist attacks the fiscal policies of the Bush administration.

11 The Bounty by Caroline Alexander (Viking: $27.95) A -- 1 well-researched, fresh look at the mutiny and the roles of the mutineer Fletcher Christian and the besieged Lt. William Bligh.

12 The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp (Simon & Schuster: -- 1 $25) A personal exploration of the nature of creativity (with exercises) from the esteemed choreographer.

13 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: 5 57 $21.95) How to improve all of one's relationships, encourage happiness and find contentment by living in the now.

14 The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers -- 1 (Hyperion: $16.95) Some of the collected wisdom (and a few songs) from the late, beloved television personality.

15 Ask Me Again Tomorrow by Olympia Dukakis (HarperCollins: -- 2 $25.95) The renowned Greek American actress recalls her long career on stage and screen.

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