*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction
*--* 1 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Pocket Books: $7.99) A Harvard scholar uncovers a vendetta against the Catholic Church.
2 One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (McGraw-Hill: $12.80) A century in Macondo.
3 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Picador: $15) A Greek family embraces the American dream.
4 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin: $14) A teenage girl is haunted by her mother's death.
5 Deception Point by Dan Brown (Pocket Books: $7.99) A president's reelection rests on an object buried in the Arctic.
6 Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (Griffin: $14.95) A new technology threatens the balance of international power.
7 Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Harvest Books: $14) A boy shares a lifeboat with a tiger on a harrowing trip.
8 The King of Torts by John Grisham (Dell: $7.99) A street killing is linked to a conspiracy involving a pharmaceutical giant.
9 Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (Vintage: $14.95) A disillusioned Confederate soldier makes his way home.
10 Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (Penguin: $13) An outcast professor seeks refuge on a South African farm.
*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction
*--* 1 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz (Workman: $18.95) Trotting the globe.
2 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter (Techpress: $15.95) Fiscal parenting.
3 Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich (Free Press: $14) A blackjack team from MIT bests Las Vegas casinos.
4 Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (Random House: $13.95) A professor keeps literature alive for her students.
5 Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (HarperCollins: $13.95) Practices of the junk food industry.
6 50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know by Russ Kick (Disinformation Co.: $9.95) Debunking myths.
7 Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (Broadway: $12.95) Learning life's lessons from a dying former teacher.
8 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know by American Heritage (Houghton Mifflin: $4.95)
9 What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson (Random House: $14.95) People who found themselves.
10 The Bush-Haters Handbook by Jack Huberman (Thunder's Mouth Press: $13.95) The Bush record.