George W. Bush's approval ratings may be in flux, but America has given his mom a clear mandate to wax nostalgic. Former first lady Barbara Bush's ''Reflections: Life After the White House'' debuts at No. 8 on the nonfiction list, nine years after her first memoir, ''Barbara Bush,'' hit the charts at No. 14.
FICTION WEEKS ON LIST 1 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, Hyperion, $19.95 5 2 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 32 3 BLOW FLY Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $26.95 2 4 SHEPHERDS ABIDING Jan Karon, Viking, $24.95 1 5 BLEACHERS John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 7 6 SPLIT SECOND David Baldacci, Warner, $26.95 4 7 THE WEDDING Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $23.95 7 8 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 19 9 HELLO, DARKNESS Sandra Brown, Simon & Schuster, $25.95 3 10 BALANCE OF POWER Richard North Patterson, Ballantine, $27.95 2
NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST 1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 29 2 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 39 3 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95 3 4 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 7 5 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM -- A FAIR AND BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 10 6 WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? Bill O'Reilly, Broadway, $24.95 5 7 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE James Bradley, Little, Brown, $25.95 4 8 REFLECTIONS: LIFE AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE Barbara Bush, Scribner, $28 1 9 EVERY SECOND COUNTS Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins, Broadway, $24.95 3 10 BUSHWHACKED: LIFE IN GEORGE W. BUSH'S AMERICA Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, Random House, $24.95 5
SOURCE: Publishers weekly, WEEK OF OCT. 20-26, 2003
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