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'THE FACE' OF AMERICA

Dean Koontz continues to serve well-prepared comfort food to the book-reading masses. This week, The Face sated shoppers' cravings and earned a No. 3 debut -- besting last year's By the Light of the Moon, which bowed at No. 5. Meanwhile, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code remains on top despite the recent controversy over the book's similarity to another conspiracy thriller built around the Roman Catholic Church, Lewis Perdue's 2000 novel, Daughter of God.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 11 2 NAKED PREY John Sandford, Putnam, $26.95 3 3 THE FACE Dean Koontz, Bantam, $26.95 1 4 THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Lauren Weisberger, Doubleday, $21.95 7 5 THE GUARDIAN Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $24.95 8 6 THE SINISTER PIG Tony Hillerman, HarperCollins, $25.95 4 7 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 48 8 THE KING OF TORTS John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 17 9 THE SECOND TIME AROUND Mary Higgins Clark, Simon & Schuster, $26 7 10 DEAD RINGER Lisa Scottoline, HarperCollins, $25.95 1

NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 ATKINS FOR LIFE Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin's, $24.95 19 2 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 8 3 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 18 4 AN UNFINISHED LIFE: JOHN F. KENNEDY, 1917-1963 Robert Dallek, Little, Brown, $30 3 5 LEAP OF FAITH: MEMOIRS OF AN UNEXPECTED LIFE Queen Noor, Miramax, $25.95 11 6 MONEYBALL: THE ART OF WINNING AN UNFAIR GAME Michael Lewis, Norton, $24.95 3 7 WHO'S YOUR CADDY? Rick Reilly, Doubleday, $24.95 2 8 THE TEAMMATES David Halberstam, Hyperion, $22.95 2 9 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING Bill Bryson, Broadway, $27.50 4 10 A PATRIOT'S HANDBOOK: SONGS, POEMS, STORIES, AND SPEECHES CELEBRATING THE LAND WE LOVE Edited by Caroline Kennedy, Hyperion, $27.95 4

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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OPENING ACTS

''The history of labor is long and convoluted. The history of not working is short.'' -- Beginning of Al Gini's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING LAZY (Routledge, $22.95)

''When Grace and Laz got married, her parents gave them twelve Duro-Lite lightbulbs for their dining room fixture. 'They'll last till your twenty-fifth wedding anniversary,' her mother had promised, kissing her cheek. Grace shrank at these unscripted tender moments.'' -- First lines of Nina Solomon's debut novel, SINGLE WIFE (Algonquin, $23.95)

''His speech was becoming more and more clipped. 'Are you British?' 'No,' he replied, not missing a beat, 'just affected.' His timing was fabulous.'' -- From the first chapter of Norma Barzman's Hollywood memoir, THE RED AND THE BLACKLIST (Nation Books, $27.50)

Originally posted Jun 20, 2003 Published in issue #715 Jun 20, 2003 Order article reprints
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