Nora Roberts writes romance novels; her alter ego, J.D. Robb, writes ''futuristic romantic suspense.'' For the first time ever, they've joined forces for ''Remember When,'' a mind meld of a novel -- the first half is a modern-day romance, the second a thriller set in 2059. It debuts this week at No. 4.
WEEKS FICTION ON LIST
1 BLEACHERS John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 2 2 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 27 3 THE WEDDING Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $23.95 2 4 REMEMBER WHEN Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb, Putnam, $25.95 1 5 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX 14 J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 6 THE TEETH OF THE TIGER Tom Clancy, Putnam, $27.95 6 7 THE NAMESAKE Jhumpa Lahiri, Houghton Mifflin, $24 3 8 DUNE: THE MACHINE CRUSADE 1 Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, Tor, $27.95 9 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 64 10 FATAL TIDE Iris Johansen, Bantam, $24.95 2
WEEKS NONFICTION ON LIST
1 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS 2 FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 2 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 24 3 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM -- A FAIR AND 5 BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 4 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 34 5 MADAM SECRETARY Madeleine Albright, Miramax, $27.95 1 6 SHUT UP & SING: HOW ELITES FROM HOLLYWOOD, POLITICS, 1 AND THE U.N. ARE SUBVERTING AMERICA Laura Ingraham, Regnery, $27.95 7 THE ESSENTIAL 55: AN AWARD-WINNING EDUCATOR'S RULES 13 FOR DISCOVERING THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENT IN EVERY CHILD Ron Clark, Hyperion, $19.95 8 ATKINS FOR LIFE Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin's, $24.95 35 9 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE 12 Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, $30 10 THE GREAT UNRAVELING: LOSING OUR WAY IN THE NEW CENTURY 2 Paul Krugman, Norton, $25.95
SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF SEPT. 15-21, 2003
''Usually my father's voice is deep and hail-fellow-well-met, just this side of FM DJ quality, but he is not a talker, and his telephone voice is like a dinner jacket he puts on for the special occasion. When he makes a phone call he always identifies himself by saying, 'Dick Karbo here!' ... But the man on the line this time is not 'Dick Karbo here!,' it's someone in the throes of an asthma attack, someone weak and gasping, calling me from a faulty telephone exchange in an undeveloped country. Someone far away.'' -- From the first chapter of Karen Karbo's memoir THE STUFF OF LIFE (Bloomsbury, $24.95)
''No one was dead. For once they'd given a good, long warning and there'd been no fatalities. We arrived after it was all over, and when the forensics officers were done, the policemen raised the yellow tape to let us through. We carried the glass from vans, a sheet at a time, to foremen and builders' mates who forklifted it up to carpenters on cranes and cherry pickers.'' -- First lines of Adrian McKinty's thriller DEAD I MAY WELL BE (Scribner, $24)