Archive for Sunday, August 13, 2006

Best sellers

August 13, 2006



1 "Angels Fall," by Nora Roberts. (Putnam, $25.95) When a chef from Boston, now living in Wyoming, witnesses a murder, the locals won't believe her.

2. "Phantom," by Terry Goodkind. (Tor/Tom Doherty, $29.95) The 11th volume of the "Sword of Truth" fantasy series.

3. "The Messenger," by Daniel Silva. (Putnam, $25.95) Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and an occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, uncovers an al-Qaida plot against the Vatican.

4. "Twelve Sharp," by Janet Evanovich. (St. Martin's, $26.95) The bounty hunter Stephanie Plum must find a killer and rescue a kidnapped child.

5. "The Ruins," by Scott Smith. (Knopf, $24.95) Two young American couples on vacation in the Yucatán confront a horrible menace.


1. "Fiasco," by Thomas E. Ricks. (The Penguin Press, $27.95) How the Bush administration's and the military's failure to understand the developing Iraqi insurgency contributed to its further growth.

2. "Marley & Me," by John Grogan. (Morrow, $21.95) A newspaper columnist and his wife learn some life lessons from their neurotic dog.

3. "Freakonomics," by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow, $25.95) A maverick scholar applies economic thinking to everything from sumo wrestlers who cheat to legalized abortion and the falling crime rate.

4. "The World is Flat," by Thomas L. Friedman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.50; updated and expanded edition, $30) A columnist for The New York Times analyzes 21st-century economics and foreign policy.

5. "Godless," by Ann Coulter. (Crown Forum, $27.95) The columnist argues that liberalism is a religion with sacraments, a creation myth and a clergy.


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