Best selling books


Published: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 10:37 p.m.

FICTION

1 THE LOVELY BONES, by Alice Sebold. (Little, Brown, $21.95.) A 14-year-old girl looks down from heaven as she describes what happens in the aftermath of her kidnapping and murder.
2 BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, by Dean Koontz. (Bantam, $26.95.) A young man who has been injected with a mysterious substance finds himself drawn to crime scenes immediately before the crimes occur.
3 PREY, by Michael Crichton. (HarperCollins, $26.95.) In the Nevada desert, a team of scientists tries to undo an experiment involving nanoparticles - molecule- sized robots - that has gone disastrously wrong.
4 FOUR BLIND MICE, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown, $27.95.) Detective Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, try to prove that one of Sampson's oldest friends has been framed for murder.
5 HORNET FLIGHT, by Ken Follett. (Dutton, $26.95.) In 1941, as the Luftwaffe is shooting down RAF bombers, a young Dane stumbles upon a German installation whose secrets he must try to convey to England.
6 LIGHT IN SHADOW, by Jayne Ann Krentz. (Putnam, $24.95.) An interior designer in Whispering Springs, Ariz., turns to a private investigator for help when her former life comes back to haunt her.
7 THE LAST JIHAD, by Joel C. Rosenberg. (Forge/Tom Doherty, $24.95.) A Wall Street wizard, close friend of the president of the United States, must help protect the country from nuclear attacks by Iraq.
8 SKIPPING CHRISTMAS, by John Grisham. (Doubleday, $14.95.) A husband and wife discover that their decision to forgo Christmas comes with consequences.
9 FOREVER, by Pete Hamill. (Little, Brown, $25.95.) The history of New York City as seen through the eyes of Cormac O'Connor, an Irish immortal.
10 I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT, by Allison Pearson. (Knopf, $23.) A 35-year-old woman in London struggles with her job, her children and her husband.

NONFICTION

1 PORTRAIT OF A KILLER, by Patricia Cornwell. (Putnam, $27.95.) The crime novelist presents evidence that the artist Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper.
2 BUSH AT WAR, by Bob Woodward. (Simon & Schuster, $28.) Behind the scenes at the White House as the president and his advisers responded to the Sept. 11 attacks.
3 LEADERSHIP, by Rudolph W. Giuliani with Ken Kurson. (Miramax/Hyperion, $25.95.) The former mayor of New York discusses what it takes to be a leader and addresses subjects like the crime rate and Sept. 11.
4 JOURNALS, by Kurt Cobain. (Riverhead, $29.95.) A selection of drawings, lyrics and other writings by the lead singer of Nirvana, who committed suicide in 1994.
5 STUPID WHITE MEN, by Michael Moore. (ReganBooks/ HarperCollins, $24.95.) The man behind "Roger & Me" takes aim at Republicans and Democrats, corporate America and our "nation of idiots."
6 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: The Two Towers Visual Companion, by Jude Fisher. (Houghton Mifflin, $18.95.) An illustrated guide to the movie.
7 THE CONQUERORS, by Michael Beschloss. (Simon & Schuster, $26.95.) How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman worked to ensure the destruction of Hitler's Germany.
8 LIVE FROM NEW YORK, by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller. (Little, Brown, $25.95.) An oral history of "Saturday Night Live."
9 MY LOSING SEASON, by Pat Conroy. (Nan A. Talese/ Doubleday, $27.95.) The novelist remembers his last year playing basketball, as a point guard for the Citadel in 1966-67.
10 BIBLE CODE II: The Countdown, by Michael Drosnin. (Viking, $26.95.) New predictions from a journalist who contends that important events have been foretold in the Bible.

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