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

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

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

8 Deception Point by Dan Brown (Pocket Books: $7.99) A president's reelection rests on an object buried in the Arctic.

9 Q Is for Quarry by Sue Grafton (Berkley: $7.99) An effort to solve an 18-year-old homicide provokes the killer to strike again.

10 The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber (Harvest: $15) A London prostitute, her lover and his wife.


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

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

4 Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (HarperCollins: $13.95) The unappetizing practices of the junk-food industry.

5 The Metrosexual Guide to Style by Michael Flocker (DaCapo: $12.95) A style guide for men who love to look good.

6 Still More George W. Bushisms by Jacob Weisberg (Fireside: $9.95) More presidential phrases from Slate editor.

7 A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn (HarperCollins: $18.95) The history of regular folks.

8 Notes From My Travels by Angelina Jolie (Pocket Books: $14) The actress on her work as a goodwill ambassador.

9 The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy (Mass Market: $7.99) Developing your subconscious.

10 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen: $12.95) A conduct code based on Toltec wisdom.


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