John Grisham has won one for the Gipper. His gooey gridiron change of pace, a novel called ''Bleachers,'' rushes straight into the end zone this week, right to No. 1. Two stops down, Nicholas Sparks' ''The Wedding,'' the follow-up to his 1996 best-seller, ''The Notebook,'' walks the aisle to No. 3.
FICTION WEEKS ON LIST
1 BLEACHERS 1 John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 2 THE DA VINCI CODE 26 Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 3 THE WEDDING 1 Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $23.95 4 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX 13 J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 5 THE TEETH OF THE TIGER 5 Tom Clancy, Putnam, $27.95 6 THE NAMESAKE 2 Jhumpa Lahiri, Houghton Mifflin, $24 7 FATAL TIDE 1 Iris Johansen, Bantam, $24.95 8 THE LOVELY BONES 63 Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 9 THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA 22 Lauren Weisberger, Doubleday, $21.95 10 HIGH DRUID OF SHANNARA: JARKA RUUS 3 Terry Brooks, Del Rey, $27.95
NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST
1 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS 1 FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 2 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET 23 Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 3 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM -- A FAIR AND 4 BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 4 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE 33 Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 5 ATKINS FOR LIFE 34 Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin's, $24.95 6 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE 11 Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, $30 7 THE ESSENTIAL 55: AN AWARD-WINNING EDUCATOR'S RULES FOR DISCOVERING THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENT IN EVERY CHILD 12 Ron Clark, Hyperion, $19.95 8 LIVING HISTORY 14 Hillary Rodham Clinton, Simon & Schuster, $28 9 THE GREAT UNRAVELING: LOSING OUR WAY IN THE NEW CENTURY 1 Paul Krugman, Norton, $25.95 10 WHY AMERICA SLEPT: THE FAILURE TO PREVENT 9/11 2 Gerald Posner, Random House, $24.95
SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF SEPT. 8-14, 2003
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