Mitch Albom has died and gone to heaven. This week ”The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” his follow-up to megaselling ”Tuesdays With Morrie,” enjoys an immaculate No. 1 debut. The novel is about Eddie, an old guy who literally dies and goes to heaven, where he receives life lessons anyone can live by.
1 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, Hyperion, $19.95 1 2 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 28 3 BLEACHERS John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 3 4 THE WEDDING Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $23.95 3 5 QUICKSILVER: VOLUME ONE OF THE BAROQUE CYCLE Neal Stephenson, Morrow, $27.95 1 6 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 15 7 REMEMBER WHEN Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb, Putnam, $25.95 2 8 THE TEETH OF THE TIGER Tom Clancy, Putnam, $27.95 7 9 THE NAMESAKE Jhumpa Lahiri, Houghton Mifflin, $24 4 10 DUNE: THE MACHINE CRUSADE Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, Tor, $27.95 2
1 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 3 2 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 25 3 WHO’S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? Bill O’Reilly, Broadway, $24.95 1 4 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM — A FAIR AND BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 6 5 MADAM SECRETARY Madeleine Albright, Miramax, $27.95 2 6 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 35 7 BUSHWHACKED: LIFE IN GEORGE W. BUSH’S AMERICA Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, Random House, $24.95 1 8 SHUT UP & SING: HOW ELITES FROM HOLLYWOOD, POLITICS, AND THE U.N. ARE SUBVERTING AMERICA Laura Ingraham, Regnery, $27.95 2 9 ATKINS FOR LIFE Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin’s, $24.95 36 10 THE ESSENTIAL 55: AN AWARD-WINNING EDUCATOR’S RULES FOR DISCOVERING THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENT IN EVERY CHILD Ron Clark, Hyperion, $19.95 14
SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF SEPT. 22-28, 2003
”Since the living dead first stepped onto the silver screen, their greatest enemy has not been hunters, but critics. Scholars, scientists, even concerned citizens have all argued that these movies depict the living dead in a fantastic, unrealistic fashion…. Further criticism argues that this ‘style over substance’ approach to somnambulist cinema teaches human viewers lessons that may get them killed in a real encounter.” — From the first chapter of Max Brooks’ THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: COMPLETE PROTECTION FROM THE LIVING DEAD (Three Rivers, $12.95)