Sunday, September 19, 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. "Murder List," by Julie Garwood. (Ballantine, $25.95). An heiress becomes entangled in a deadly plot that may have been hatched by a self-help guru.
3. "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.
4. "White Hot," by Sandra Brown (Simon & Schuster, $25.95). Returning home after her brother's mysterious death, a woman is embroiled in family intrigue.
5. "Angels & Demons," by Dan Brown (Atria, $17.95). A Harvard scholar tries to save the Vatican from the machinations of an underground society.
1. "Unfit for Command," by John E. O'Neill and Jerome R. Corsi (Regnery, $27.95). A negative appraisal of John Kerry's conduct in Vietnam.
2. "American Soldier," by Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell (ReganBooks/
HarperCollins, $27.95). A memoir by the former head of the United States Central Command.
3. "My Life," by Bill Clinton (Knopf, $35). The autobiography of the 42nd president.
4. "Bushworld," by Maureen Dowd (Putnam, $25.95). A journalist's assessment of President Bush, based on her columns and articles in The New York Times.
5. "Skywriting," by Jane Pauley (Random House, $25.95). A memoir by the television personality chronicles her career, family life and recent struggle with bipolar disorder.
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. "Guinness World Records 2005" (Guinness, $27.95). A profusely illustrated collection of records about subjects as various as sports and technology.
4. "The South Beach Diet Cookbook," by Arthur Agatston (Rodale, $25.95). A collection of recipes from a Miami cardiologist.
5. "The Abs Diet," by David Zinczenko with Ted Spiker (Rodale, $24.95). A six-week plan to "flatten your stomach and keep you lean for life."