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Los Angeles Times List For September 7, 2003

September 07, 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 23 Louvre curator's killing leads to clues hidden in Leonardo's paintings and a secret society with something to hide

2 The Teeth of the Tiger by Tom Clancy (Putnam: $27.95) 2 3 Young Jack Ryan Jr. enters the covert world to track down terrorists in a far more dangerous world than his father ever knew

3 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown: $21.95) 6 62 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him

4 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday: 3 19 $21.95) A recent college grad puts up with a nightmare of a boss at a high-fashion magazine

5 A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George (Bantam, Doubleday 4 5 Dell: $26.95) Deborah and Simon St. James try to clear her old friends in the death of an expatriate millionaire

6 The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine: $24.95) A -- 1 detective duo is called in to investigate a horrific murder at a quiet convent

7 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark 5 6 Haddon (Doubleday: $22.95) Falsely accused, an autistic teen looks for the real murderer of a neighbor's poodle

8 Sense of Evil by Kay Hooper (Doubleday: $23.95) Only a -- 1 psychic can help a tough cop uncover who's killing beautiful, successful blonds in a small, peaceful town

9 Trading Up by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion: $24.95) Model 7 8 Janey Wilcox doesn't let marriage to an entertainment exec get in the way as she hones her social-climbing skills

10 Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind (Tor Books: $29.95) 10 5 Intrigue, violence and conflict face the beautiful Kahlan Amnell and husband Richard Rahl in this Sword of Truth series

11 Blindside by Catherine Coulter (Putnam: $25.95) Married 8 4 FBI agents are on the trail of a serial killer who targets math teachers until a friend's son is kidnapped

12 Bradbury: Stories by Ray Bradbury (William Morrow: -- 1 $29.95) Martian life, an embalmer's games and the ghastly fate of a tattooed man are just some of the 100 tales featured here

13 The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Houghton Mifflin: $24) A -- 1 Bengali couple and their son, named for the Russian writer Gogol, experience cultural jolts after leaving Calcutta for America. Reviewed on page 16

14 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 14 11 $27) A Greek family embraces the mid-century American dream, and a young girl takes a journey to womanhood

15 To the Nines by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press: 11 7 $25.95) New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on the trail of an Indian contract worker who has gone missing

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

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*--* 1 Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken -- 1 (Dutton: $24.95) A heaping dose of subversive wit aimed at the political scene and its pundits, specifically Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and Company

2 Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (Doubleday: 3 6 $26) The shadowy world of Mormon fundamentalism that led two men to kill their brother's family on what they believed were direct orders from God

3 Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg (Putnam: $25.95) 1 7 Katharine Hepburn reveals more about her legendary life in this book postponed until after her death

4 Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster: 4 8 $30) A new look at the printer turned statesman, both a pragmatist and an ambitious self-promoter

5 Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & 2 12 Schuster: $28) The senator and former first lady's memoirs, from her courtship with Bill Clinton to her rocky years in the White House

6 The Essential 55 by Ron Clark (Hyperion: $19.95) Rules 5 9 devised by an award-winning teacher to promote successful learning, manners and accountability in the classroom

7 The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 8 25 $19.99) How the principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism lead to a fulfilled life

8 Treason by Ann Coulter (Crown Forum: $26.95) The 6 9 conservative pundit contends liberals have been on the wrong side of every foreign policy issue from the Cold War to the war on terrorism

9 Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) -- 153 The co-author of "The One-Minute Manager" uses the parable of mice in a maze to discuss managing change

10 Good to Great by Jim Collins (HarperCollins: $27.50) How -- 34 a great product, a healthy corporate culture and a disciplined workforce can propel a company to success

11 Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House: $25.95) 7 38 How three men transformed a thoroughbred from an also-ran to an American sports icon

12 Ball of Fire by Stefan Kanfer (Alfred A. Knopf: $26.95) -- 1 Early film and TV history and that familiar comic redhead who conquered them, Lucille Ball

13 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: 10 50 $21.95) How to improve relationships and encourage contentment by living in the present

14 A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson 15 10 (Broadway: $27.50) An entertaining guide to the great moments in the history of science, from the Big Bang to the present day

15 Moneyball by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton: $24.95) How 13 14 Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane's use of statistics helped transform the major league castoffs into a winning franchise

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