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'TUESDAYS' TILL

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Sportswriter Mitch Albom was a cynical, acquisitive baby boomer. Then he saw his former professor Morrie Schwartz talking on Nightline about his struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Soon terminally ill teacher and emotionally challenged student were reunited, the former imparting a series of Big Life Lessons while the latter busily scribbled. Now not only is Albom a better man, but his Tuesdays With Morrie — men’s answer to Simple Abundance — has amassed 425,000 copies since an initial August pressrun of 30,000. Schwartz, alas, didn’t live to see the book’s success.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE STREET LAWYER John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 5 2 PARADISE Toni Morrison, Knopf, $25 9 3 COLD MOUNTAIN Charles Frazier, Atlantic Monthly, $24 37 4 BLACK AND BLUE Anna Quindlen, Random House, $23 6 5 MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA Arthur Golden, Knopf, $25 17 6 THRILL Jackie Collins, Simon & Schuster, $25 3 7 BLOOD WORK Michael Connelly, Little, Brown, $23.95 1 8 NUMBERED ACCOUNT Christopher Reich, Delacorte, $24.95 5 9 THE CAT WHO SANG FOR THE BIRDS Lilian Jackson Braun, 5 Putnam, $22.95 10 A CERTAIN JUSTICE P.D. James, Knopf, $25 14

NONFICTION

1 TALKING TO HEAVEN James Van Praagh, Dutton, $22.95 9 2 SIMPLE ABUNDANCE Sarah Ban Breathnach, Warner, $20 101 3 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE Mitch Albom, Doubleday, $19.95 19 4 THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR Thomas J. Stanley and 35 William D. Danko, Longstreet, $22 5 ANGELA’S ASHES Frank McCourt, Scribner, $24 76 6 MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL 161 John Berendt, Random House, $25 7 CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK I Neale Donald Walsch, 56 Putnam, $19.95 8 DON’T WORRY, MAKE MONEY Richard Carlson, Hyperion, 15 $15.95 9 INTO THIN AIR Jon Krakauer, Villard, $24.95 45 10 JACKIE AFTER JACK: PORTRAIT OF THE LADY 4 Christopher Andersen, Morrow, $25

MASS-MARKET PAPERBACKS

1 THE PARTNER John Grisham, Dell/Island, $7.99 9 2 A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Walter Lord, Bantam, $5.50 6 3 THE NOTEBOOK Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $5.99 9 4 DR. ATKINS’ NEW DIET REVOLUTION 59 Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Avon, $6.50 5 SMALL TOWN GIRL LaVyrle Spencer, Jove, $7.50 4 6 THE NIGHT LIVES ON Walter Lord, Avon, $5.99 2 7 HORNET’S NEST Patricia Cornwell, Berkley, $7.50 9 8 THE MAZE Catherine Coulter, Jove, $7.50 1 9 THE RANCH Danielle Steel, Dell, $7.50 5 10 PRIMARY COLORS Anonymous, Warner, $6.99 1

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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