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'Divided,' It Stands

J.D. Robb is the pen name that romance writer Nora Roberts assumes when she's writing her ''futuristic romantic suspense'' series. Robb's latest, ''Divided in Death,'' again features Lieut. Eve Dallas and her ''one very human weakness,'' the billionaire tycoon named Roarke. It debuts at No. 3.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 45 2 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, 18 Hyperion, $19.95 3 DIVIDED IN DEATH J.D. Robb, Putnam, $21.95 1 4 THE AMATEUR MARRIAGE Anne Tyler, Knopf, $24.95 4 5 NEW SPRING Robert Jordan, Tor, $22.95 4 6 THE ZERO GAME Brad Meltzer, Warner, $25.95 2 7 THE CAT WHO TALKED TURKEY Lilian Jackson Braun, 1 Putnam, $23.95 8 ABSOLUTE FRIENDS John le Carre, Little, Brown, $26.95 3 9 RETREAT, HELL! W.E.B. Griffin, Putnam, $26.95 4 10 THE SECOND CHAIR John Lescroart, Dutton, $25.95 1

NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 42 2 THE PROPER CARE & FEEDING OF HUSBANDS 4 Dr. Laura Schlessinger, HarperCollins, $24.95 3 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 52 4 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS 20 FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 5 THE AUTOMATIC MILLIONAIRE: A POWERFUL ONE-STEP PLAN TO 5 LIVE AND FINISH RICH David Bach, Broadway, $19.95 6 THE PRICE OF LOYALTY: GEORGE W. BUSH, THE WHITE HOUSE, 3 AND THE EDUCATION OF PAUL O'NEILL Ron Suskind, Simon & Schuster, $26 7 AMERICAN DYNASTY: ARISTOCRACY, FORTUNE, AND THE POLITICS 4 OF DECEIT IN THE HOUSE OF BUSH Kevin Phillips, Viking, $25.95 8 NAOMI'S BREAKTHROUGH GUIDE: 20 CHOICES TO TRANSFORM 1 YOUR LIFE Naomi Judd, Simon & Schuster, $21 9 GIVE ME A BREAK: HOW I EXPOSED HUCKSTERS, CHEATS, AND 1 SCAM ARTISTS AND BECAME THE SCOURGE OF THE LIBERAL MEDIA... John Stossel, HarperCollins, $24.95 10 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95 16

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF JAN. 26-FEB. 1, 2004

NEW IN PAPERBACK

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NEW IN PAPERBACK

DROP CITY T.C. Boyle (Penguin, $14) 1970s California hippies move, of all crazy places, to Alaska in a wonderful novel -- so wonderful, actually, that we named it a Best Book of 2003 -- by the pop-fiction master who wrote World's End.

THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB Louise Erdrich (Perennial, $13.95) In a novel that spans one 20th-century lifetime, Erdrich traces the grand history of a German butcher named Fidelis who resettles in America.

VANISHING POINT David Markson (Shoemaker & Hoard, $15) In this bit of funny, perplexing, and weird experimental fiction, an author lays out all the fractured notes he's made for his as-yet-unwritten novel (e.g., ''How many Cy Young Awards would Cy Young have won?'' ''Wondering if youngsters still read The Count of Monte Cristo''), and those random musings constitute the whole of Markson's own novel. Get it? It's tricky, but cool.

Originally posted Feb 20, 2004 Published in issue #752 Feb 20, 2004 Order article reprints
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