Even before her novel officially goes on sale, Jhumpa Lahiri is a best-selling author. That's pretty remarkable, considering this week's No. 6, ''The Namesake,'' is only her second book, following 1999's Pulitzer Prize-winning story collection ''Interpreter of Maladies.'' Attribute her success to the faithfulness of her fans, as well as lots of eager, early media attention for her and Gogol, the book's oddly named hero.
FICTION WEEKS ON LIST
1 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 25 2 THE TEETH OF THE TIGER Tom Clancy, Putnam, $27.95 4 3 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX 12 J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 4 HIGH DRUID OF SHANNARA: JARKA RUUS Terry Brooks, 2 Del Rey, $27.95 5 THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Lauren Weisberger, Doubleday, $21.95 21 6 THE NAMESAKE Jhumpa Lahiri, Houghton Mifflin, $24 1 7 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 62 8 DIARY Chuck Palahniuk, Doubleday, $24.95 2 9 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME 6 Mark Haddon, Doubleday, $22.95 10 A PLACE OF HIDING Elizabeth George, Bantam, $26.95 6
NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST
1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 22 2 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM -- A FAIR AND BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 3 3 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 32 4 THE ESSENTIAL 55: AN AWARD-WINNING EDUCATOR'S RULES 11 FOR DISCOVERING THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENT IN EVERY CHILD Ron Clark, Hyperion, $19.95 5 ATKINS FOR LIFE Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin's, $24.95 33 6 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE 10 Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, $30 7 UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN: A STORY OF VIOLENT FAITH 8 Jon Krakauer, Doubleday, $26 8 LIVING HISTORY Hillary Rodham Clinton, Simon & Schuster, $28 13 9 WHY AMERICA SLEPT: THE FAILURE TO PREVENT 9/11 1 Gerald Posner, Random House, $24.95 10 TREASON: LIBERAL TREACHERY FROM THE COLD WAR TO THE 11 WAR ON TERRORISM Ann Coulter, Crown, $26.95
SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF SEPT. 1-7, 2003
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