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California dreaming: As if their quality of life weren’t good enough, Bay Area residents spent last year drooling over poet Frances Mayes’ luscious account of how she restored an Italian villa, taking intermittent gelato breaks. Published in hardback by small San Francisco imprint Chronicle Books, Under the Tuscan Sun was a local word-of-mouth sensation, selling 50,000 copies. Now Broadway’s softcover edition has taken the travel writer national, with 215,000 paperbacks in print after seven pressruns. That‘s simple abundance for you.

FICTION

WEEKS ON LIST

1 FLOOD TIDE Clive Cussler,Simon & Schuster, $26 3 2 THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS Caleb Carr, Random House, $25.95 4 3 COLD MOUNTAIN Charles Frazier,Atlantic Monthly, $24 16 4 10 LB. PENALTY Dick Francis, Putnam, $24.95 2 5 THE BEST LAID PLANS Sidney Sheldon, Morrow, $25 5 6 TIMEQUAKE Kurt Vonnegut, Putnam, $23.95 2 7 UNDERWORLD Don DeLillo, Scribner, $27.50 4 8 NIGHT PASSAGE Robert B. Parker, Putnam, $21.95 2 9 THE NOTEBOOK Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $16.95 51 10 UNNATURAL EXPOSURE Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $25.95 12

NONFICTION

1 THE ROYALS Kitty Kelley, Warner, $27 3 2 ANGELA’S ASHES Frank McCourt, Scribner, $24 55 3 THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES Monty Roberts, Random House, $23 9 4 THE PERFECT STORM Sebastian Junger, Norton, $23.95 16 5 INTO THIN AIR Jon Krakauer, Villard, $24.95 24 6 CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK I Neale Donald Walsch, Putnam, $19.95 39 7 MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS John Gray, HarperCollins, $23 220 8 MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL John Berendt, Random House, $23 139 9 SIMPLE ABUNDANCE Sarah Ban Breathnach, Warner, $17.95 80 10 DIRTY JOKES AND BEER Drew Carey, Hyperion, $22.95 2

TRADE PAPERBACKS

1 DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF… Richard Carlson, Hyperion, $8.95 27 2 A LESSON BEFORE DYING Ernest Gaines, Vintage, $12 2 3 CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE TEENAGE SOUL J. Canfield, M.V. Hansen, and K. Kirberger, Health Communications, $12.95 19 4 SONGS IN ORDINARY TIME Mary McGarry Morris, Penguin, $13.95 16 5 CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE WOMAN’S SOUL J. Canfield, M.V. Hansen, J. Read Hawthorne, and M. Shimoff, Health Communications, $12.95 51 6 THE COLOR OF WATER James McBride, Riverhead, $12 31 7 UNDAUNTED COURAGE Stephen E. Ambrose, S&S/Touchstone, $16 18 8 SHE’S COME UNDONE Wally Lamb, Washington Square Press, $14 37 9 STONES FROM THE RIVER Ursula Hegi, Scribner, $13 32 10 UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN Frances Mayes, Broadway, $13 3

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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