Sunday, October 26, 2003


1. "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.

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. "Bleachers," by John Grisham (Doubleday, $19.95). A former star quarterback returns to his Southern hometown after he learns that his high school coach, a local legend, has a terminal illness.

4. "Split Second," by David Baldacci (Warner, $26.95). Two discredited Secret Service agents become embroiled in political intrigue and murder cases.

5. "Hello, Darkness," by Sandra Brown (Simon & Schuster, $25.95). The host of a late-night radio show in Austin, Texas, finds herself the target of a killer.


1. "Dude, Where's My Country?" by Michael Moore (Warner, $24.95). The author of "Stupid White Men" calls for "regime change" in Washington.

2. "Who's Looking Out For You?" by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway, $24.95). The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" attacks those individuals and institutions that he believes have let down the American people.

3. "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them," by Al Franken (Dutton, $24.95). A satirical critique of the rhetoric of right-wing pundits and politicians.

4. "Every Second Counts," by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins (Broadway, $24.95). The second memoir by the five-time winner of the Tour de France.

5. "Flyboys," by James Bradley (Little, Brown, $25.95). An account of eight American airmen who were shot down and captured by the Japanese in World War II.

Advice, how-to and miscellaneous

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

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

3. "The Ultimate Weight Solution," by Phil McGraw (Free Press, $26). Dr. Phil identifies "seven keys" to losing weight.

4. "The World According to Mr. Rogers," by Fred Rogers (Hyperion, $16.95). Inspirational words from the TV personality, who died this year.

5. "Atkins for Life," by Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's, $24.95). A physician's program for finding one's ideal weight and maintaining it.