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FICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 33 2 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, Hyperion, $19.95 6 3 BLOOD CANTICLE Anne Rice, Knopf, $25.95 1 4 BLOW FLY Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $26.95 3 5 SHEPHERDS ABIDING Jan Karon, Viking, $24.95 2 6 THE LONE DROW: THE HUNTER'S BLADES TRILOGY, BOOK II R.A. Salvatore, Wizards of the Coast, $25.95 1 7 LOVE Toni Morrison, Knopf, $23.95 1 8 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 20 9 SPLIT SECOND David Baldacci, Warner, $26.95 5 10 BLEACHERS John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 8

NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 30 2 A ROYAL DUTY Paul Burrell, Putnam, $25.95 2 3 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95 4 4 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 40 5 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM -- A FAIR AND BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 11 6 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE James Bradley, Little, Brown, $25.95 5 7 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 8 8 WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? Bill O'Reilly, Broadway, $24.95 6 9 EVERY SECOND COUNTS Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins, Broadway, $24.95 4 10 BUSHWHACKED: LIFE IN GEORGE W. BUSH'S AMERICA Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, Random House, $24.95 6

SOURCE: Publishers weekly, WEEK OF OCT. 27 -- NOV. 2, 2003

OPENING ACTS

''New York is a city for eccentrics and a center for odd bits of information. New Yorkers blink twenty-eight times a minute, but forty when tense. Most popcorn chewers at Yankee Stadium stop chewing momentarily just before the pitch. Gum chewers on Macy's escalators stop chewing momentarily just before they get off -- to concentrate on the last step. Coins, paper clips, ballpoint pens, and little girls' pocketbooks are found by workmen when they clean the sea lions' pool at the Bronx Zoo.'' -- From 1961's ''New York Is a City of Things Unnoticed,'' the first essay in Gay Talese's collection of pioneering journalism, THE GAY TALESE READER: PORTRAITS & ENCOUNTERS (Walker, $14.95)

''Then Greg said that things were better in the sixties/and Rus said that Harold Bloom said/that Nietzsche said Nostalgia/is the blank check issued to a weak mind,/and Greg said,/They didn't have checks back then, stupid,/and Susan said It's too bad you guys can't get/Spellcheck for your brains.'' -- From ''Commercial for a Summer Night,'' the opening poem of Tony Hoagland's WHAT NARCISSISM MEANS TO ME (Graywolf, $14)

Originally posted Nov 21, 2003 Published in issue #738 Nov 21, 2003 Order article reprints
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