What really happened to Private Jessica Lynch in Iraq? This week, the public stormed our nation’s bookstores to find out: Her as-told-to memoir, ”I Am a Soldier, Too,” by Rick Bragg, seizes the No. 3 spot. In fiction, ”The Hanged Man’s Song” – John Sandford’s latest about a hacker named Kidd – debuts at No. 9. WEEKS FICTION ON LIST
1 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 35 2 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, Hyperion, $19.95 8 3 WOLVES OF THE CALLA: THE DARK TOWER, BOOK V Stephen King, Scribner/Grant, $35 2 4 SHEPHERDS ABIDING Jan Karon, Viking, $24.95 4 5 BLOW FLY Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $26.95 5 6 BLEACHERS John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 10 7 BLOOD CANTICLE Anne Rice, Knopf, $25.95 3 8 SAFE HARBOUR Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $26.95 2 9 THE HANGED MAN’S SONG John Sandford, Putnam, $25.95 1 10 SPLIT SECOND David Baldacci, Warner, $26.95 7
WEEKS NONFICTION ON LIST
1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 32 2 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 42 3 I AM A SOLDIER, TOO: THE JESSICA LYNCH STORY Rick Bragg, Knopf, $23.95 1 4 DUDE, WHERE’S MY COUNTRY? Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95 6 5 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM – A FAIR AND BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 13 6 A ROYAL DUTY Paul Burrell, Putnam, $25.95 4 7 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE James Bradley, Little, Brown, $25.95 7 8 WHO’S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? Bill O’Reilly, Broadway, $24.95 8 9 THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MISTER ROGERS: IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER Fred Rogers, Hyperion, $16.95 4 10 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 10
SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF NOV. 10-16, 2003
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THE KING OF TORTS John Grisham (Dell, $7.99) This is pretty good Grisham. The hero, a real rascal, is a public defender who turns into a fat-cat litigator. The thrills are modest, but you’ll learn some cool stuff about torts.
CHILD OF MY HEART Alice McDermott (Picador, $13) In her first book since she won a National Book Award for Charming Billy, McDermott presents us with Theresa, the most beautiful young babysitter in scenic Long Island.
FROM THE LAND OF GREEN GHOSTS Pascal Khoo Thwe (Perennial, $13.95) It’s a memoir about fleeing a Burmese dictatorship for Cambridge University.