Weeks on Lists

1 The Hours [25]

By Michael Cunningham (Picador USA, $15)

2 Sea Glass [2]

By Anita Shreve (Back Bay, $14.95)

3 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress [12]

By Dai Sijie (Anchor, $10)

4 Empire Falls [42]

By Richard Russo (Vintage, $14.95)

5 Bel Canto [41]

By Ann Patchett (HarperPerennial, $13.95)

6 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency [7]

By Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor, $11.95)

7 2nd Chance [1]

By James Patterson with Andrew Gross (Warner, $7.99)

8 The Summons [7]

By John Grisham (Dell, $7.99)

9 Basket Case [4]

By Carl Hiaasen (Warner, $7.99)

10 Embers [12]

By Sa{acute}ndor Ma{acute}rai (Vintage, $12)


1 What Went Wrong? [4]

By Bernard Lewis (HarperPerennial, $12.95)

The Islamic world's multifaceted encounter with Western civilization.

2 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [14]

By Robert C. Atkins (Quill, $13.95; Avon, $7.99)

The revised edtion of the carbohydrate-averse diet.

3 2003 Zagat Survey of Washington, D.C. [26]

(Zagat Survey, $11.95)

The fully revised edition of the respected restaurant guide.

4 Guns, Germs and Steel [94]

By Jared Diamond (Norton, $15.95)

Geographical and environmental impacts on

the rise of civilization.

5 Seabiscuit [36]

By Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine, $15)

A thoroughbred's owner, trainer and jockey guide him to renown.

6 Dreaming War [2]

By Gore Vidal (Thunder's Mouth, $11.95)

The cultural critic's riff on American imperialism and its cost.

7 Salt: A World History [1]

By Mark Kurlansky (Penguin, $15)

The humble mineral's remarkable influence on the course of history.

8 The Catholic Church: A Short History [1]

By Hans Ku{dier}ng (Modern Library, $9.95)

The pioneering theologian's chronicle of the Church since St. Peter.

9 Me Talk Pretty One Day [35]

By David Sedaris (Little, Brown, $14.95)

Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's ironies.

10 World Almanac & Book of Facts 2003 [8]

Ed. by Ken Park (World Almanac Education, $11.95)

Up-to-date facts and figures on almost everything imaginable.



Weeks on Lists

1 The Lovely Bones [31]

By Alice Sebold (Little, Brown, $21.95)

2 Life of Pi [15]

By Yann Martel (Harcourt, $25)

3 Crossroads of Twilight [4]

By Robert Jordan (Tor, $29.95)

4 Final Justice [1]

By W.E.B. Griffin (Putnam, $26.95)

5 You Shall Know Our Velocity [15]

By Dave Eggers (McSweeney's, $22.95)

6 Prey [7]

By Michael Crichton (HarperCollins, $26.95)

7 Samaritan [4]

By Richard Price (Knopf, $25)

8 I Don't Know How She Does It [13]

By Allison Pearson (Knopf, $23)

9 The Bone Vault [1]

By Linda Fairstein (Scribner, $25)

10 Atonement [28]

By Ian McEwan (Doubleday, $26.95)


1 Bush at War [10]

By Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster, $28)

The White House's performance in the three months after Sept. 11.

2 What Should I Do With My Life? [2]

By Po Bronson (Random House, $24.95)

Profiles of people across the U.S. answering life's big question.

3 The Right Man [4]

By David Frum (Random House, $25.95)

A former presidential speechwriter's year in the Bush White House.

4 To Begin the World Anew [3]

By Bernard Bailyn (Knopf, $26)

Pragmatism vs. idealism in our Founders' efforts to forge a nation.

5 Atkins For Life [2]

By Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's, $24.95)

Why carb-counting trumps calorie-counting for effective weight loss.

6 This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV [1]

By Bob Schieffer (Putnam, $26.95)

The CBS journalist reflects on his 40-plus years in TV news.

7 The Victorians [1]

By A.N. Wilson (Norton, $35)

Shades of nostalgia and the grim realities of an age of change.

8 Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling [4]

By Ross King (Walker, $28)

The Renaissance master's four years of labor in the Sistine Chapel.

9 My Losing Season [9]

By Pat Conroy (Doubleday, $27.95)

The novelist relates his final basketball season at the Citadel.

10 Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival By Bernd Heinrich (Ecco, $24.95) [1]

The noted biologist uses his own Vermont environs as a case study.