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'Jarka' Rules

Mona Lisa and the Ilse Witch preside over this week's fiction list. The latter, now known as Grianne Ohmsford, founder of the Third Druid Council, haunts ''High Druid of Shannara: Jarka Ruus,'' the first book in a new Shannara trilogy by mega-selling fantasy writer Terry Brooks. Meanwhile, Ms. Lisa's sparkly eyes on the ''Da Vinci Code'' cover helped nudge the book back to No. 1, ahead of Tom Clancy and Harry Potter.

FICTION

WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 24 2 THE TEETH OF THE TIGER Tom Clancy, Putnam, $27.95 3 3 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 11 4 HIGH DRUID OF SHANNARA: JARKA RUUS Terry Brooks, Del Rey, $27.95 1 5 DIARY Chuck Palahniuk, Doubleday, $24.95 1 6 THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Lauren Weisberger, Doubleday, $21.95 20 7 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 61 8 A PLACE OF HIDING Elizabeth George, Bantam, $26.95 5 9 THE SINNER Tess Gerritsen, Ballantine, $24.95 2 10 NAKED EMPIRE Terry Goodkind, Tor, $29.95 6

NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 21 2 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM -- A FAIR AND BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 2 3 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 31 4 THE ESSENTIAL 55: AN AWARD-WINNING EDUCATOR'S RULES FOR DISCOVERING THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENT IN EVERY CHILD Ron Clark, Hyperion, $19.95 10 5 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, $30 9 6 ATKINS FOR LIFE Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin's, $24.95 32 7 UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN: A STORY OF VIOLENT FAITH Jon Krakauer, Doubleday, $26 7 8 LIVING HISTORY Hillary Rodham Clinton, Simon & Schuster, $28 12 9 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 179 10 TREASON: LIBERAL TREACHERY FROM THE COLD WAR TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM Ann Coulter, Crown, $26.95 10

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF AUG. 25-31, 2003

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IN THE HAND OF DANTE Nick Tosches (Back Bay, $13.95) In a brilliant novel, a guy named Nick Tosches searches for Dante's copy of The Divine Comedy.

THE WHITE Debora Larsen (Vintage, $12.95) It's 1758. A teenager named Mary is spared by the Shawnees who slaughter her Irish family in this blistering novel. How does Mary survive in an alien American culture?

Originally posted Sep 19, 2003 Published in issue #729 Sep 19, 2003 Order article reprints
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