Speaking of gift books, the most popular this season could be ”America 24/7,” a collection of 1,200 digital photos taken during one week in May by you, America. Oprah named it one of her ”Favorite Things” on Nov. 24; naturally, it’s a No. 9 debut on this week’s list. Fun feature: If you mail in your own pic and an extra $5.99, they’ll mail you back your own customized cover in two weeks. Fun fact: Thirty percent of the people who’ve ordered special covers have sent in photos of their dogs, says a book rep.
FICTION WEEKS ON LIST
1 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 37 2 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, 10 Hyperion, $19.95 3 THE BIG BAD WOLF James Patterson, Little, Brown, $27.95 2 4 TROJAN ODYSSEY Clive Cussler, Putnam, $27.95 1 5 WOLVES OF THE CALLA: THE DARK TOWER, BOOK V 4 Stephen King, Scribner/Grant, $35 6 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX 24 J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 7 SHEPHERDS ABIDING Jan Karon, Viking, $24.95 6 8 BLEACHERS John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 12 9 BLOW FLY Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $26.95 7 10 THE MURDER ROOM P.D. James, Knopf, $25.95 2
NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST
1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., 34 Rodale, $24.95 2 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 44 3 DUDE, WHERE’S MY COUNTRY? Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95 8 4 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM – A FAIR AND 15 BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 5 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE 9 James Bradley, Little, Brown, $25.95 6 THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MISTER ROGERS: IMPORTANT 6 THINGS TO REMEMBER Fred Rogers, Hyperion, $16.95 7 WHO’S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? 10 Bill O’Reilly, Broadway, $24.95 8 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS 12 FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 9 AMERICA 24/7 Created by Rick Smolan and 1 David Elliot Cohen, DK, $50 10 THE STONE COLD TRUTH Steve Austin with Jim ”J.R.” 1 Ross as told to Dennis Brent, WWE, $26
SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF NOV. 24 – 30, 2003
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NOTES FROM MY TRAVELS Angelina Jolie (Pocket, $14) ”I am forever changed,” writes the Tomb Raider. This is the diary of her world travels to hot spots like Pakistan, Cambodia, and Tanzania as a U.N. goodwill ambassador.
JARHEAD Anthony Swofford (Scribner, $14) Swofford, a former Marine, hit the literary scene like a Scud with this searing memoir of the first Gulf War.
FINDERS KEEPERS Mark Bowden (Grove, $13) You saw the John Cusack movie. Well, since it was 1993’s poorly received Money for Nothing, maybe you didn’t. The book – the true story of a guy who finds $1.2 million on the street – is terrific.
MAN WALKS INTO A ROOM Nicole Krauss (Anchor, $13) A professor loses his memory after a brain operation in a striking and empathetic debut novel.