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The 'Price' Is Right

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Former treasury secretary Paul O’Neill got fired by President Bush in 2002. Here is his sweet revenge: ”The Price of Loyalty” — his news-making tell-all (written by Ron Suskind) about how, for starters, the Bush administration wanted to bag Saddam Hussein well before 9/11 — debuts at No. 2.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 43 2 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, 16 Hyperion, $19.95 3 ABSOLUTE FRIENDS John le Carre, Little, Brown, $26.95 1 4 NEW SPRING Robert Jordan, Tor, $22.95 2 5 THE AMATEUR MARRIAGE Anne Tyler, Knopf, $24.95 2 6 RETREAT, HELL! W.E.B. Griffin, Putnam, $26.95 2 7 THE BIG BAD WOLF James Patterson, Little, Brown, $27.95 8 8 MR. PARADISE Elmore Leonard, William Morrow, $25.95 1 9 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX 30 J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 10 THE LADY AND THE UNICORN Tracy Chevalier, Dutton, $23.95 3

NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 40 2 THE PRICE OF LOYALTY: GEORGE W. BUSH, THE WHITE 1 HOUSE, AND THE EDUCATION OF PAUL O’NEILL Ron Suskind, Simon & Schuster, $26 3 THE AUTOMATIC MILLIONAIRE: A POWERFUL ONE-STEP PLAN TO 3 LIVE AND FINISH RICH David Bach, Broadway, $19.95 4 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS 18 FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 5 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 50 6 THE PROPER CARE & FEEDING OF HUSBANDS 2 Dr. Laura Schlessinger, HarperCollins, $24.95 7 AMERICAN DYNASTY: ARISTOCRACY, FORTUNE, AND THE POLITICS 2 OF DECEIT IN THE HOUSE OF BUSH Kevin Phillips, Viking, $25.95 8 MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS Pete Rose with Rick Hill, 2 Rodale, $24.95 9 DUDE, WHERE’S MY COUNTRY? Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95 14 10 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM: A FAIR AND 21 BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF JAN. 12-18, 2004

NEW IN PAPERBACK

RANDOM FAMILY Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (Scribner, $14) We just love this book. Our No. 1 Best Nonfiction Book of 2003 is a journalist’s rich, human, and gut-wrenching account — over a decade in the reporting — of a family’s ”coming of age” in the Bronx ghetto, surrounded by drugs, cops, trouble, and poverty.

THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY Erik Larson (Vintage, $14.95) We like this book an awful lot, too. Our No. 2 Best Nonfiction Book of 2003 tells the story of an architect and a serial killer whose fates collided at the 1893 World’s Fair.

THE TIME OF OUR SINGING Richard Powers (Picador, $16) Another monster tome from Richard Powers, the brainiest of modern novelists. This one follows three music-prodigy, biracial siblings through the Civil Rights era and beyond.

WHEN THE MESSENGER IS HOT Elizabeth Crane (Back Bay, $12.95) In one crafty story in this sterling debut collection, a Hollywood actress moves in with the women she’s going to play in a movie and ends up taking over her life.

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