*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction
*--* 1 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Pocket Books: $7.99) A scholar uncovers a vendetta against the Catholic Church.
2 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Picador: $15) A Greek family embraces the American dream.
3 Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Harvest Books: $14) A boy shares a lifeboat with a tiger on a harrowing trip.
4 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin: $14) A teenage girl is haunted by her mother's death.
5 Key of Valor by Nora Roberts (Jove: $7.99) A mortal woman tries to free the souls of ancient Celtic demigoddesses.
6 The King of Torts by John Grisham (Dell: $7.99) A street killing is linked to a conspiracy involving a pharmaceutical giant.
7 Deception Point by Dan Brown (Pocket Books: $7.99) A president's reelection rests on an object buried in the Arctic.
8 Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (Griffin: $14.95) A new technology threatens the balance of international power.
9 Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (Vintage: $14.95) A disillusioned Confederate soldier makes his way home.
10 House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Vintage: $14) Two families clash over an auctioned house.
*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction
*--* 1 Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich (Free Press: $14) A blackjack team from MIT bests Las Vegas casinos.
2 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki & Sharon Lechter (Techpress: $15.95) Fiscal parenting.
3 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know by American Heritage (Houghton Mifflin: $4.95)
4 The Book of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley (Plume: $10) Cartoon rabbits find outlandish ways to do themselves in.
5 Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine: $15.95) How an also-ran became America's favorite racehorse.
6 Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (Random House: $13.95) A professor keeps literature alive for her students.
7 Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller (Workman: $13.95) A sassy guide for today's knitters.
8 Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $14.95) Quirky reflections on life in Paris and elsewhere.
9 How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen (Picador: $14) Essays on prison, the sex-advice industry and Alzheimer's.
10 Longitudes and Attitudes by Thomas L. Friedman (Anchor: $14.95) Viewing Sept. 11 from outside the United States.