EW Staff
June 15, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

HOLY ‘CHOKE’

Chuck Palahniuk became something of a dysfunctional household name when his 1996 novel Fight Club hit the big screen. The provocateur returns, ready to push more buttons. Choke (51,500 copies in print after five pressruns), his new novel about addiction and frustration, hits No. 10 this week. The author’s cult following will get a good dose of Palahniuk during his seven-city book tour. From satire to serious nonfiction, David McCullough’s John Adams (400,000 copies in print after five pressruns) debuts at No. 3. The author, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Harry Truman, provides the perfect drug for history buffs.

FICTION

WEEKS ON LIST

1 BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25 4 2 CHOSEN PREY John Sandford, Putnam, $26.95 3 3 ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE Mary Higgins Clark, Simon & Schuster, $26 6 4 THE LAST TIME THEY MET Anita Shreve, Little, Brown, $24.95 9 5 DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS P.D. James, Knopf, $25 7 6 A COMMON LIFE: THE WEDDING STORY Jan Karon, Viking, $24.95 7 7 A PAINTED HOUSE John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 16 8 DREAMCATCHER Stephen King, Scribner, $28 10 9 THE BONESETTER’S DAUGHTER Amy Tan, Putnam, $25.95 14 10 CHOKE Chuck Palahniuk, Doubleday, $24.95 1

NONFICTION

1 THE PRAYER OF JABEZ Bruce Wilkinson, Multnomah, $9.99 15 2 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 74 3 JOHN ADAMS David McCullough, Simon & Schuster, $35 1 4 A SHORT GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE Anna Quindlen, Random House, $12.95 18 5 GHOST SOLDIERS: THE FORGOTTEN EPIC STORY OF WORLD WAR II’S MOST DRAMATIC MISSION Hampton Sides, Doubleday, $24.95 2 6 STOLEN LIVES: TWENTY YEARS IN A DESERT JAIL Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi, Talk/Miramax, $24 3 7 SECRETS OF THE VINE Bruce Wilkinson, Multnomah, $9.99 3 8 BODY FOR LIFE Bill Phillips and Michael D’Orso, HarperCollins, $25 97 9 SEABISCUIT: AN AMERICAN LEGEND Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $24.95 11 10 NAPALM & SILLY PUTTY George Carlin, Hyperion, $22.95 5

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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