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Los Angeles Times List For July 24, 2005

July 24, 2005

*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction LAST WEEK WEEKS ON LIST 1 The Historian by Elizabeth 1 5 Kostova (Little, Brown: $25.95) A teenager discovers a medieval book and a stash of letters and sets out on a hunt for the real story of Dracula, a quest close to home.

2 A Long Way Down by Nick 2 5 Hornby (Riverhead: $24.95) A quartet of people who met on a London rooftop as they contemplated suicide form a support group for one another.

3 Snow Flower and the Secret 10 2 Fan by Lisa See (Random House: $21.95) Two women in the cloistered society of 19th century China forge a close friendship that is threatened by misunderstanding.

4 The Mermaid Chair by Sue 3 15 Monk Kidd (Viking: $24.95) A woman who is called home to cope with her troubled mother finds herself drawn to a Benedictine monk on an island off South Carolina.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday July 27, 2005 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 29 words Type of Material: Correction
Bestsellers list -- The hardcover fiction bestsellers list in Sunday's Book Review section identified the author of the novel "Saturday" as Michael Connelly. It was written by Ian McEwan.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday July 31, 2005 Home Edition Book Review Part R Page 10 Features Desk 0 inches; 26 words Type of Material: Correction
Bestsellers list -- The July 24 hardcover fiction bestsellers list incorrectly had the author of "Saturday" as Michael Connelly. The novel was written by Ian McEwan.

5 The Da Vinci Code by Dan 6 121 Brown (Doubleday: $24.95) A Louvre curator's killing leads to clues hidden in Leonardo's paintings and a secret society with something to hide.

6 The Da Vinci Code Special 8 19 illustrated Edition by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $35) The blockbuster thriller, complete with images of the artwork, symbols and sites in the text.

7 Eleven on Top by Janet 4 3 Evanovich (St. Martin's: $26.95) Stephanie Plum tries her hand at factory work, a dry cleaners and fast-food service but soon is drawn back to bounty hunting.

8 Lifeguard by James -- 1 Patterson and Andrew Gross (Little, Brown: $26.95) An art heist gone bad vaults a part-time lifeguard onto the FBI's most-wanted list.

9 Until I Find You by John -- 1 Irving (Random House: $27.95) Actor Jack Burns retraces the journeys of his childhood and his tattoo-artist mother's search for his runaway father.

10 Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk 11 9 (Doubleday: $24.95) Several writers eager for fame lock themselves in an abandoned theater for their own grotesque version of "Survivor."

11 Killer Swell by Jeff -- 1 Shelby (Penguin: $23.95) A surfing San Diego private investigator is tapped to find his missing high school sweetheart by the mother who caused their breakup.

12 Saturday by Michael -- 15 Connelly (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: $26) A day in the life of a neurosurgeon brings both quotidian and Earth-shattering struggles in post-Sept. 11 London.

13 The Closers by Michael 12 9 Connelly (Little, Brown: $26.95) Detective Harry Bosch reunites with partner Kizmin Rider to solve a 17-year-old case after DNA evidence is found on the murder weapon.

14 Miracle by Danielle Steel -- 1 (Dell Publishing: $20) A storm rips into a San Francisco neighborhood and brings together a widower, his neighbor and a handyman to repair their homes and lives.

15 Specimen Days by Michael 9 5 Cunningham (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $25) Three characters evoke Walt Whitman as they traverse time in this triptych of New York stories.

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*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction LAST WEEK WEEKS ON LIST 1 1776 by David McCullough 1 6 (Simon & Schuster: $32) The historian looks at how the American forces took on the world's greatest military power in the Revolution's first battles.

2 Freakonomics by Steven D. 2 12 Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (William Morrow: $25.95) An economist deconstructs statistics and uses numbers to help explain human behavior.

3 Blink by Malcolm Gladwell 4 26 (Little, Brown: $25.95) Gladwell explores why decisions are so often made in an instant and whether we can really trust those first instincts.

4 On Bull... by Harry G. 6 17 Frankfurt (Princeton University Press: $9.95) A leading philosopher takes on society's view of what sometimes seems to be the fine line between truth and lying.

5 The World Is Flat by 3 13 Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27.50) How technology and the forces of globalization are connecting -- and changing -- the world.

6 My Friend Leonard by James 10 3 Frey (Penguin: $24.95) The former cocaine addict's sequel to "A Million Little Pieces" celebrates the mobster who helped him turn his life around.

7 The Secret Man by Bob -- 1 Woodward (Simon & Schuster: $23.95) The reporter tells how "Deep Throat" guided him in uncovering the Nixon White House's involvement in the Watergate scandal.

8 Natural Cures "They" Don't 11 3 Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau (Alliance Publishing: $29.95) The infomercial mogul touts alternative therapies and supplements.

9 You: The Owner's Manual by 5 10 Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz (HarperResource: $24.95) A wry and witty guide to the inner workings of the human body.

10 100 People Who Are -- 1 Screwing Up America by Bernard Goldberg (HarperCollins: $25.95) The author of "Arrogance" indicts celebrity activists, liberal politicians and deep-pocket donors.

11 Confessions of a Video 12 2 Vixen by Karrine Steffans (HarperCollins: $24.95) The troubled background behind the glamorous image of a celebrated music video dancer.

12 Your Best Life Now by Joel -- 26 Osteen (Warner Faith: $19.99) Seven steps to improving your life by using faith to develop self-esteem, let go of the past and fulfill your potential.

13 Oh the Glory of It All by -- 7 Sean Wilsey (Penguin: $25.95) A memoir of a young man who rebels against his privileged upbringing and self-absorbed parents.

14 Wooden on Leadership by -- 1 John Wooden and Steve Jamison (McGraw-Hill: $22.95) The celebrated basketball coach and author explains how to create a winning organization.

15 He's Just Not That Into -- 35 You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (Simon Spotlight Entertainment: $21.95) A no-excuses guide to help women understand guys and get on with their lives.

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