*--* SO. CAL. RATING Fiction 1 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Anchor: $7.99) A Louvre curator’s killing leads to a secret society.

2 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Random House: $13.95) Two women in 19th century China.

3 March by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin: $14) Imagining the Civil War experiences of Mr. March, father of the “Little Women.”


4 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Pocket: $7.99) A scholar uncovers a vendetta against the Roman Catholic Church.

5 Saturday by Ian McEwan (Anchor: $14.95) A neurosurgeon’s day of struggle in post-Sept. 11 London.

6 The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton: $13.95) A writer escapes the Nazis but loses his beloved.

7 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Vintage: $14) Reunited boarding-school graduates explore their shared past.


8 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Picador: $14) An ailing minister explains his life and beliefs to his young son.

9 A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve (Back Bay: $14.95) A classmate’s death overshadows a prep school reunion.

10 The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Broadway: $13.95) A college grad enters fashion publishing.



*--* SO. CAL. RATING Nonfiction 1 Night by Elie Wiesel (Hill & Wang: $9) A teenager’s harrowing year spent in four concentration camps.

2 The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (Scribner: $14) A memoir of breaking away from dysfunctional parents.

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

4 News Junkie by Jason Leopold (Process: $16) A tarnished journalist recounts his Enron scoops and efforts to get clean.


5 The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay: $14.95) How fads, trends and ideas behave like viruses in a society.

6 In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Vintage: $14) The writer’s masterful account of a Kansas family’s brutal murder.

7 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter (TechPress/Warner: $16.95) Fiscal parenting.

8 The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Vintage: $14.95) A serial killer haunts the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.


9 Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent et al (Dell: $7.99) Researchers seek the holy grail in France.

10 Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins (Plume: $15) How the U.S. pressures poor countries.


Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.