Whaddaya know — an EW writer dominates this week’s best-seller list! Congrats to our back-page columnist Steve, a.k.a. Stephen King, whose Wolves of the Calla — the fifth book in his Dark Tower series — debuts on the fiction list at No. 2. Danielle Steel’s Safe Harbour, at No. 8, is the other new debut.
FICTION WEEKS ON LIST
1 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 34 2 WOLVES OF THE CALLA: THE DARK TOWER, BOOK V 1 Stephen King, Scribner/Grant, $35 3 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, 7 Hyperion, $19.95 4 BLOW FLY Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $26.95 4 5 SHEPHERDS ABIDING Jan Karon, Viking, $24.95 3 6 BLOOD CANTICLE Anne Rice, Knopf, $25.95 2 7 LOVE Toni Morrison, Knopf, $23.95 2 8 SAFE HARBOUR Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $26.95 1 9 BLEACHERS John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 9 10 SPLIT SECOND David Baldacci, Warner, $26.95 6
NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST
1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 31 2 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 41 3 A ROYAL DUTY Paul Burrell, Putnam, $25.95 3 4 DUDE, WHERE’S MY COUNTRY? Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95 5 5 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM — A FAIR AND 12 BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 6 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS 9 FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 7 WHO’S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? Bill O’Reilly, Broadway, $24.95 7 8 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE 6 James Bradley, Little, Brown, $25.95 9 EVERY SECOND COUNTS Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins, 5 Broadway, $24.95 10 A NATIONAL PARTY NO MORE: THE CONSCIENCE OF A 1 CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRAT Zell Miller, Stroud & Hall, $26
SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF NOV.3 — NOV. 9, 2003
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