Is there no such thing as bad publicity? The latest evidence in support of the old saw comes courtesy of Richard Blow. He’s been mocked by fellow ex-staffers of George magazine, grilled about his morals on the Today show, and seen his book derided in periodicals nationwide. In consequence, American Son, his highly unauthorized biography of John F. Kennedy Jr., is selling better than ever, moving up to the No. 3 spot on the nonfiction chart with 175,000 copies in print.


1 THE SHELTERS OF STONE: EARTH’S CHILDREN Jean M. Auel, Crown, $28.95 3 2 MORTAL PREY John Sandford, Putnam, $26.95 1 3 THE NANNY DIARIES Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, St. Martin’s, $24.95 11 4 THE WAILING WIND Tony Hillerman, HarperCollins, $25.95 2 5 STAR WARS: EPISODE II–ATTACK OF THE CLONES R.A. Salvatore, Del Rey/LucasBooks, $26 4 6 DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL Mary Higgins Clark, Simon & Schuster, $26 5 7 A THOUSAND COUNTRY ROADS Robert James Waller, John M. Hardy, $19.95 4 8 THE SUMMONS John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 15 9 CITY OF BONES Michael Connelly, Little, Brown, $25.95 5 10 ATONEMENT Ian McEwan, Doubleday, $26 10


1 SELF MATTERS: CREATING YOUR LIFE FROM THE INSIDE OUT Phillip C. McGraw, Simon & Schuster, $25 25 2 THE RIGHT WORDS AT THE RIGHT TIME Marlo Thomas and Friends, Atria Books, $25 3 3 AMERICAN SON: A PORTRAIT OF JOHN F. KENNEDY JR. Richard Blow, Holt, $25 3 4 LUCKY MAN: A MEMOIR Michael J. Fox, Hyperion, $22.95 7 5 MASTER OF THE SENATE: THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON Robert A. Caro, Knopf, $35 4 6 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 124 7 THE WISDOM OF MENOPAUSE Christiane Northrup, M.D., Bantam, $27.95 23 8 FIND ME Rosie O’Donnell, Warner, $23.95 5 9 STUPID WHITE MEN …AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF THE NATION Michael Moore, ReganBooks, $24.95 13 10 THE HEALTHY KITCHEN: RECIPES FOR A BETTER BODY, LIFE, AND SPIRIT Andrew Weil, M.D., and Rosie Daley, Knopf, $24.95 7