Archive for Sunday, August 22, 2004


August 22, 2004



1. "The Da Vinci Code," by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $24.95). The murder of a curator at the Louvre leads to a trail of clues found in the work of Leonardo and to the discovery of a centuries-old secret society.

2. "Skinny Dip," by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf, $24.95). A woman enlists an ex-cop in a plot to take revenge on her husband, a marine biologist who tried to kill her.

3. "R is for Ricochet," by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam, $26.95). A millionaire hires Kinsey Millhone to baby-sit his newly paroled daughter and keep her out of trouble.

4. "Lost City," by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos (Putnam, $26.95). The discovery of a life-prolonging enzyme -- 2,000 feet down in the Atlantic Ocean -- results in a series of disappearances and killings.

5. "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $19.95). An old man who died while trying to rescue a little girl from danger discovers that all will be explained to him in the afterlife.


1. "American Soldier," by Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $27.95). A memoir by the former head of the United States Central Command.

2. "My Life," by Bill Clinton (Knopf, $35). The autobiography of the 42nd president.

3. "Eats, Shoots & Leaves," by Lynne Truss (Gotham, $17.50). An Englishwoman expounds on the use and misuse of punctuation marks.

4. "Imperial Hubris," by Anonymous (Brassey's, $27.50). A current CIA officer argues the United States and its allies are losing the war on terror.

5. "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," by David Sedaris (Little, Brown, $24.95). The humorist's latest collection of essays.

Advice and miscellaneous

1. "The Purpose-Driven Life," by Rick Warren (Zondervan, $19.99). Finding the meaning of life through God.

2. "The South Beach Diet," by Arthur Agatston (Rodale, $24.95). A weight-loss plan designed by a Miami cardiologist.

3. "The South Beach Diet Cookbook," by Arthur Agatston (Rodale, $25.95). A collection of recipes from a Miami cardiologist.

4. "Prophecy," by Sylvia Browne with Lindsay Harrison (Dutton, $23.95). A self-described psychic offers predictions on a variety of world events.

5. "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands," by Laura C. Schlessinger (HarperCollins, $24.95). Advice for women on how to treat spouses.

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