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Archive for Sunday, September 4, 2005

Best sellers

September 4, 2005

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Fiction

1. "Chill Factor," by Sandra Brown (Simon & Schuster, $25.95). A successful magazine editor is trapped in her remote cabin with a man believed to be a serial killer.

2. "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.

3. "The Historian," by Elizabeth Kostova (Little, Brown, $25.95). A young woman's quest to learn the truth about her father's life and her mother's death involves research into Vlad the Impaler and Dracula.

4. "Lifeguard," by James Patterson and Andrew Gross (Little, Brown, $26.95). Things go terribly awry when a lifeguard at a Florida resort agrees to take part in a $5 million heist.

5. "Sweetwater Creek," by Anne Rivers Siddons (HarperCollins, $24.95). A troubled debutante's arrival at a Lowcountry plantation disrupts the world of the owner's motherless 12-year-old daughter.

Nonfiction

1. "1776," by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster, $32). An account of America's founding year by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, focusing on the inexperienced George Washington and heroic citizen soldiers.

2. "The FairTax Book," by Neal Boortz and John Linder (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $24.95). A radio talk show host and a United States congressman call for the abolishment of the federal income tax and the I.R.S.

3. "The World is Flat," by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.50). A columnist for The New York Times analyzes 21st-century economics and foreign policy.

4. "100 People Who Are Screwing Up America," by Bernard Goldberg (HarperCollins, $25.95). The author of "Bias" takes aim at "Hollywood blowhards," "America bashers," rappers and others.

5. "New Rules," by Bill Maher (Rodale, $24.95). The comedian and host of "Real Time With Bill Maher" takes on everyone from President Bush to Bob Dylan.

Advice

1. "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About," by Kevin Trudeau (Alliance Publishing Group, $29.95). Remedies that do not include drugs or surgery.

2. "Your Best Life Now," by Joel Osteen (Warner Faith, $19.99). A faith-based approach to living with enthusiasm.

3. "Guinness World Records 2006," (Guinness, $27.95). A profusely illustrated collection of records about subjects as various as sports and technology.

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

5. "You: The Owner's Manual," by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz (HarperResource, $24.95). A guide to how the body works, and advice on maintaining health and youth.

- The New York Times

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