*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction


*--* 1 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Pocket Books: $7.99) A scholar uncovers a vendetta against the Catholic Church.

2 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Picador: $15) A Greek family embraces the American dream.

3 Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Harvest Books: $14) A boy shares a lifeboat with a tiger on a harrowing trip.

4 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin: $14) A teenage girl is haunted by her mother's death.

5 Key of Light by Nora Roberts (Jove: $7.99) A gallery manager's quest to free the souls of three ancient demigoddesses.

6 Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (HarperTorch: $7.99) A girl's murder causes three friends to confront their pasts.

7 The Human Stain by Philip Roth (Vintage: $14.95) Sex and scandal surround an aging faculty dean.

8 Reversible Errors by Scott Turow (Warner: $7.99) An attorney uncovers new twists in a 10-year-old murder case.

9 Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (Penguin: $13) An outcast professor seeks refuge on a South African farm.

10 Three Junes by Julia Glass (Anchor: $14) A Scottish family comes together over three summers.


*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction


*--* 1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution by Robert C. Atkins (Quill: $13.95) Shed pounds with a low-carb diet.

2 Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (Broadway: $15) Restoring a cozy home in glorious Italy.

3 Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller (Random House: $13.95) An African childhood.

4 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter (Techpress: $15.95) Fiscal parenting.

5 Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell (Berkley: $7.99) Cracking the unsolved case of Jack the Ripper.

6 Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich (Free Press: $14) A blackjack team from MIT bests the casinos in Las Vegas.

7 The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Michael Baigent et al. (Dell: $7.99) A revisionist history of Jesus Christ.

8 What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi E. Murkoff et al. (Workman: $13.95) The ABCs of pregnancy.

9 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know by American Heritage (Houghton Mifflin: $4.95)

10 My Point and I Do Have One by Ellen DeGeneres (Bantam: $6.99) Ramblings from the acclaimed comic.


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