This week Alice Sebold’s afterlife novel The Lovely Bones celebrates its remarkable one-year anniversary as a top 10 fiction best-seller, with more than 2.3 million copies in print. For perspective, consider: Bones premiered in 2002 alongside another debut, Ann Coulter’s manifesto Slander, and it’s still hanging in there 12 months later, even as Coulter returns to the list with Treason, a whole new book. Lovely!
FICTION WEEKS ON LIST
1 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 2 2 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 15 3 THE LAKE HOUSE James Patterson, Little, Brown, $27.95 3 4 WHITE DEATH: A NOVEL FROM THE NUMA FILES Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos, Putnam, $26.95 2 5 THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Lauren Weisberger, Doubleday, $21.95 11 6 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 52 7 THE GUARDIAN Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $24.95 12 8 THE FACE Dean Koontz, Bantam, $26.95 5 9 THE KING OF TORTS John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 21 10 THE DOGS OF BABEL Carolyn Parkhurst, Little, Brown, $21.95 3
1 LIVING HISTORY Hillary Rodham Clinton, Simon & Schuster, $28 3 2 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 12 3 TREASON: LIBERAL TREACHERY FROM THE COLD WAR TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM Ann Coulter, Crown Forum, $26.95 1 4 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 22 5 ATKINS FOR LIFE Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin’s, $24.95 23 6 MONEYBALL: THE ART OF WINNING AN UNFAIR GAME Michael Lewis, Norton, $24.95 7 7 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING Bill Bryson, Broadway, $27.50 8 8 THE TEAMMATES David Halberstam, Hyperion, $22.95 6 9 THE ESSENTIAL 55: AN AWARD-WINNING EDUCATOR’S RULES FOR DISCOVERING THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENT IN EVERY CHILD Ron Clark, Hyperion, $19.95 1 10 BEYOND BELIEF: THE SECRET GOSPEL OF THOMAS Elaine Pagels, Random House, $24.95 4
SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF JUNE 23-29, 2003
NEW IN PAPERBACK
NEW IN PAPERBACK
YOU SHALL KNOW OUR VELOCITY! Dave Eggers (Vintage, $14) Two friends cross the globe giving away an inheritance in Eggers’ fluid first novel, containing over 50 pages of material not seen in the original hardcover.
PRAGUE Arthur Phillips (Random House, $13.95) American expats commiserate in, of all places, Budapest in an entertaining and buzzed-about debut novel by, of all people, a five-time Jeopardy! champion.
HOUSE UNDER SNOW Jill Bialosky (Harcourt, $14) In a novel that aptly illustrates a family crumbling from neglect, three sisters grapple with Mom’s inability to recover following the untimely death of their father.
HER Laura Zigman (Anchor, $12) In the Animal Husbandry author’s latest, Elise is way jealous of her boyfriend’s friendly but hot ex-fiancee.