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Los Angeles Times List For September 14, 2003

September 14, 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 24 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 4 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 Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday: 4 20 $21.95) A recent college grad puts up with a nightmare of a boss at a high-fashion magazine

4 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown: $21.95) 3 63 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him

5 Diary by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday: $24.95) A tortured -- 1 artist with a comatose husband copes with mysterious events and ailments

6 A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George (Bantam, Doubleday 5 6 Dell: $26.95) Deborah and Simon St. James try to clear her old friends in the death of an expatriate millionaire

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

8 The Devil's Banker by Christopher Reich (Delacorte Press: -- 1 $25.95) A forensic accountant is on the tangled trail of a terrorist money transfer

9 The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Houghton Mifflin: $24) A 13 2 Bengali couple and their son, named for the Russian writer Gogol, experience cultural jolts after leaving Calcutta for America

10 Jarka Ruus by Terry Brooks (Del Rey: $27.95) Teenage -- 1 druids try to rescue a high priestess from imprisonment

11 The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine: $24.95) A 6 2 detective duo is called in to investigate a horrific murder at a quiet convent

12 Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (Atria: $17.95) A Harvard -- 2 scholar uncovers a vendetta against the Catholic church

13 Blindside by Catherine Coulter (Putnam: $25.95) Married 11 5 FBI agents are on the trail of a serial killer who targets math teachers until a friend's son is kidnapped

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

15 Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind (Tor Books: $29.95) 10 6 Intrigue, violence and conflict face the beautiful Kahlan Amnell and husband Richard Rahl in this Sword of Truth series

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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 2 (Dutton: $24.95) A heaping dose of subversive wit aimed at the political scene and its pundits

2 Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster: 4 9 $30) A new look at the printer turned statesman as pragmatist and ambitious self-promoter

3 Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg (Putnam: $25.95) 3 8 Katharine Hepburn reveals more about her life in this book postponed until after her death

4 Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (Doubleday: 2 7 $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

5 The Essential 55 by Ron Clark (Hyperion: $19.95) Rules 6 10 devised by an award-winning teacher to promote successful learning, manners and accountability in the classroom

6 Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & 5 13 Schuster: $28) The senator and former first lady's memoirs, from her courtship with Bill Clinton to her rocky years in the White House

7 The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 7 26 $19.99) How the principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism lead to a fulfilled life

8 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: 13 51 $21.95) How to improve relationships and encourage contentment by living in the present

9 Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: -- 1 $17) Living in the here and now by mastering the art of "inner stillness."

10 Treason by Ann Coulter (Crown Forum: $26.95) The 8 10 conservative pundit contends liberals have been on the wrong side of every foreign policy issue from the Cold War to the war on terrorism

11 Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House: $25.95) 11 39 How three men transformed an also-ran to an American sports icon

12 Schott's Original Miscellany by Ben Schott (Bloomsbury: -- 4 $14.95) A compendium of just about everything you always wanted to know

13 Good to Great by Jim Collins (HarperCollins: $27.50) How 10 51 a great product, a healthy corporate culture and a disciplined workforce can propel a company to success

14 Thieves in High Places by Jim Hightower (Viking: $24.95) -- 1 Pundit blasts corporate malfeasance, governmental abuse, the militarization of society and Bush administration empire building

15 Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) 9 154 The co-author of "The One-Minute Manager" on managing change

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