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Los Angeles Times List For September 21, 2003

September 21, 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 25 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 5 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 Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Houghton Mifflin: $24) A 9 3 Bengali couple and their son, named for the Russian writer Gogol, experience cultural jolts after leaving Calcutta for America.

4 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark 14 8 Haddon (Doubleday: $22.95) Falsely accused, an autistic teen looks for the real murderer of a neighbor's poodle.

5 Diary by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday: $24.95) A tortured 5 2 artist writes a diary about her life with a comatose husband and coping with mysterious events and ailments.

6 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday: 3 21 $21.95) A recent college grad puts up with a nightmare of a boss at a high-fashion magazine.

7 The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine: $24.95) A 11 3 detective duo is called in to investigate a horrific murder at a quiet convent.

8 Trading Up by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion: $24.95) Model 7 10 Janey Wilcox doesn't let marriage to an entertainment exec get in the way as she hones her social-climbing skills.

9 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown: $21.95) 4 64 A murdered girl tells the story of her grieving family still learning to cope, the killer and the detective who hunts him.

10 Jarka Ruus by Terry Brooks (Del Rey: $27.95) Teenage 10 2 druids try to rescue a high priestess from imprisonment.

11 The Devil's Banker by Christopher Reich (Delacorte Press: 8 2 $25.95) A forensic accountant is on the tangled trail of a terrorist money transfer.

12 Bleachers by John Grisham (Doubleday: $19.95) Former NFL -- 1 player returns home to join a vigil for his dying high school football coach and meets a woman he abandoned years before.

13 Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (Atria: $17.95) A Harvard 12 3 scholar uncovers a vendetta against the Catholic church by a secret society.

14 Sense of Evil by Kay Hooper (Doubleday: $23.95) An FBI -- 1 profiler with psychic powers teams up with a hard-bitten cop to stop a serial killer.

15 Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind (Tor Books: $29.95) 15 7 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 3 (Dutton: $24.95) A heaping dose of subversive wit aimed at political leaders and pundits.

2 Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (Doubleday: 4 8 $26) How two Mormon fundamentalists killed their brother's family on what they believed were God's orders.

3 Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster: 2 10 $30) A new look at the printer turned statesman as pragmatist and ambitious self-promoter.

4 Schott's Original Miscellany by Ben Schott (Bloomsbury: 12 5 $14.95) An eclectic compendium of facts, diagrams, symbols and just about everything you always wanted to know.

5 Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: 9 2 $17) A guide to embrace living in the here and now by mastering the art of "inner stillness."

6 The Essential 55 by Ron Clark (Hyperion: $19.95) Rules 5 11 from an award-winning teacher on promoting successful learning, manners and accountability in the classroom.

7 Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg (Putnam: $25.95) 3 9 Katharine Hepburn reveals more about her legendary life in this book postponed until after her death.

8 The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 7 27 $19.99) How the "God-ordained" principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism bring fulfillment.

9 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library: 8 52 $21.95) How to improve relationships and find contentment by living in the now.

10 Treason by Ann Coulter (Crown Forum: $26.95) Conservative 10 11 pundit accuses liberals of being on the wrong side of every foreign policy issue from the Cold War to the war on terrorism.

11 At Home in the Muddy Water by Ezra Bayda (Schambala: -- 1 $21.95) A Zen practitioner tells how to find peace in the chaos of everyday life.

12 Why America Slept by Gerald L. Posner (Random House: -- 1 $24.95) What the intelligence community and government leaders knew that could have prevented 9/11.

13 Moneyball by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton: $24.95) How -- 15 Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A's, transformed the major league castoffs into a winning franchise with the help of statistics.

14 Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & 6 14 Schuster: $28) The senator and former first lady's memoirs, from her courtship with Bill Clinton through her years in the White House.

15 Monster of God by David Quammen (W.W. Norton: $26.95) The -- 1 past, present and bleak future of four predators: Indian lions, Australian crocodiles, Russian brown bears and Siberian tigers.

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