Sex sells — especially when teamed with drugs and tawdry family secrets. Fueled by a media blitz and a whopping 250,000 print run, Edward Klein’s latest Kennedy tell-all, The Kennedy Curse, debuted at No. 7. But Klein’s tabloid fodder was trumped by A. Scott Berg’s kinder, gentler tell-all, Kate Remembered, as well as Ron Clark’s Oprah-anointed primer on finding your child’s inner geek, The Essential 55.
FICTION WEEKS ON LIST
1 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 4 2 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 17 3 THE LAKE HOUSE James Patterson, Little, Brown, $27.95 5 4 JOHNNY ANGEL Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $19.95 2 5 TRADING UP Candace Bushnell, Hyperion, $24.95 2 6 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 54 7 THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Lauren Weisberger, Doubleday, $21.95 13 8 WHITE DEATH: A NOVEL FROM THE NUMA FILES Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos, Putnam, $26.95 4 9 BARE BONES Kathy Reichs, Scribner, $25 2 10 LUCIA, LUCIA Adriana Trigiani, Random House, $24.95 1
NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST
1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 14 2 LIVING HISTORY Hillary Rodham Clinton, Simon & Schuster, $28 5 3 KATE REMEMBERED A. Scott Berg, Putnam, $25.95 1 4 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, $30 2 5 TREASON: LIBERAL TREACHERY FROM THE COLD WAR TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM Ann Coulter, Crown, $26.95 3 6 THE ESSENTIAL 55: AN AWARD-WINNING EDUCATOR’S RULES FOR DISCOVERING THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENT IN EVERY CHILD Ron Clark, Hyperion, $19.95 3 7 THE KENNEDY CURSE Edward Klein, St. Martin’s, $24.95 1 8 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 24 9 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING Bill Bryson, Broadway, $27.50 10 10 ATKINS FOR LIFE Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin’s, $24.95 25
SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF JULY 7 — JULY 13
”Isabel and I got married in her backyard, on a cold fall day under a tent that had once had banners sewn on it advertising cheap tequila and now just showed the outlines of the letters ‘Santa Rosa.”’ — First line of Steven Rinehart’s novel BUILT IN A DAY (Doubleday, $23.95)
”At any one time we had six wars, a couple of famines, a coup d’etat, and a natural disaster like a flood or an epidemic or a volcanic eruption, all within a radius of three hours’ flight from Nairobi. You could take off at sunrise, commute to witness a battle, or hear a starving man breathe his last and be back home by nightfall, in time to file a story, take a shower, then hit the Tamarind restaurant downtown for mangrove crab and Stellanbosch.” — From the first chapter of Aidan Hartley’s account of his and his father’s adventures in Africa, THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A STORY OF LIFE, LOVE, AND DEATH IN FOREIGN LANDS (Atlantic Monthly, $24)