As Big Bird would say, this fiction chart has been brought to you by the number 7. Seven Up, the latest installment of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum adventure series (Hot Six, High Five…) debuts at No. 1, with 360,000 copies in print. Plum bumps P Is for Peril, the 16th mystery from woman of letters Sue Grafton, into third. Speaking (loosely) of sequels, enough readers gave a damn about The Wind Done Gone, Alice Randall’s controversial Gone With the Wind parody, to put it in the 15th spot in its second week out. Finally, Lalita Tademy’s Cane River gets an Oprah’s Book Club-induced boost into fourth place.
WEEKS FICTION ON LIST
1 SEVEN UP Janet Evanovich, St. Martin’s, $24.95 1 2 LEAP OF FAITH Danieelle Steel, Delacorte, $26.95 2 3 P IS FOR PERIL Sue Grafton, Putnam, $26.95 3 4 CANE RIVER Lalita Tademy, Warner, $24.95 1 5 A PAINTED HOUSE John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 20 6 HOLLYWOOD WIVES: THE NEW GENERATION Jackie Collins, Simon & Schuster, $26 1 7 BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25 8 8 ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE Mary Higgins Clark, Simon & Schuster, $26 10 9 AMERICAN GODS Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $26 1 10 BITTERROOT James Lee Burke, Simon & Schuster, $25 2
1 THE PRAYER OF JABEZ Bruce Wilkinson, Multnomah, $9.99 19 2 JOHN ADAMS David McCullough, Simon & Schuster, $35 5 3 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 78 4 STOLEN LIVES: TWENTY YEARS IN A DESERT JAIL Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi, Talk/Miramax, $24 7 5 GHOST SOLDIERS: THE FORGOTTEN EPIC STORY OF WORLD WAR II’S MOST DRAMATIC MISSION Hampton Sides, Doubleday, $24.95 6 6 SECRETS OF THE VINE Bruce Wilkinson, Multnomah, $9.99 7 7 BODY FOR LIFE Bill Philips and Michael D’Orso, HarperCollins, $25 101 8 NAPALM & SILLY PUTTY George Carlin, Hyperion, $22.95 9 9 A SHORT GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE Anna Quindlen, Random House, $12.95 22 10 AN ALBUM OF MEMORIES: PERSONAL HISTORIES FROM THE GREATEST GENERATION Tom Brokaw, Random House, $29.95 8
SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
RED DRAGON Thomas Harris (Dell, $7.99) This 1981 book, which first introduced readers to Hannibal Lecter, is in the works at Universal Pictures. Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) is reportedly in negotiations to direct the film.
THE CURVE OF THE WORLD Marcus Stevens (Algonquin Books, scheduled for spring 2002) Working Title Films optioned the movie rights to the author’s first novel, about an American held hostage after a plane crash in the Congo.
RAVELING Peter Moore Smith (Little, Brown, $23.95) Julianne Moore is attached to star in and executive-produce the screen adaptation of this psychological thriller, which was optioned by John Wells Productions.