East Bay Best-Sellers 

What you're reading this month.

East Bay Best-Sellers lists this month's top-selling books as reported by independent bookstores throughout the East Bay, including Bay Books, Black Oak, Cody's, Diesel, Pegasus, and Signal Books.


1. Eats, Shoots and Leaves, by Lynne Truss (Gotham, $17.50). It's Revenge of the Proofreaders as the British author makes a brave stand against the demise of punctuation.

2. Moneyball, by Michael Lewis (Norton, $13.95). How do the Oakland A's keep winning, season after season? Local author Lewis reveals manager Billy Beane's secrets herein.

3. Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi (Random House, $13.95). Literature as liberation: amazing memoir of an underground women's literary salon that defied Iran's repressive Islamic fundamentalist regime.

4. Stiff, by Mary Roach (Norton, $13.95). A humorous but ultimately enlightening exploration of what happens to our bodies once we're done with them.

NEW 5. Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America, by Robert Reich (Knopf, $24). Clinton labor honcho Reich coins the term "radcons" to describe newly aggressive Republicans, but otherwise he's preaching to the choir.

NEW 6. McSweeney's 13, edited by Chris Ware and McSweeney's (McSweeney's, $24). The new all-comics issue of Dave Eggers' ever-so-hip journal features leading alternative cartoonists, from Crumb to Clowes.

NEW 7. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris (Little, Brown, $24.95). This latest effort by the only man brave enough to call his sister's feet "hooves" can make you laugh and cry within a single sentence.

NEW 8. Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins, $23.95). Patchett's intense relationship with the late memoirist Lucy Grealy is recounted with startling, almost excruciating frankness.

NEW 9. Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer (Random House, $14.95). A 1984 murder moved Krakauer to write this probing exposé of the Mormon faith's fundamentalist, polygamist fringe.

10. Moveon's 50 Ways To Love Your Country, by MoveOn.org (Inner Ocean, $10.95). Tried-and-true techniques for promoting leftist causes and Democratic candidates, from petitions to intellectual salons to sign painting.


NEW 1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon (Vintage, $12). The year's most unusual debut novel features an autistic narrator emulating his hero Sherlock Holmes to solve a canine murder.

2. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides (Picador, $15). This lyrical family saga of a Greek-American youth halfway between girl and boy snagged last year's Pulitzer Prize.

3. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $24.95). A deft novelization of the bizarre Christian conspiracy theories popularized in 1983's Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

NEW 4. The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood, $23.95). This light-and-breezy romp through the lives of six Austen aficionados is riven with in-jokes.

5. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead, $14). The political upheavals of Afghanistan serve as a striking backdrop for this powerful examination of cultural and personal morality.

NEW 6. The Rule of Four, by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (Dial, $24). Four Princeton students race to decipher the secret codes hidden in an ancient manuscript.

7. The Kalahari Typing School for Men, by Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor $11.95). Morally upright Botswanan sleuth Precious Ramotswe returns to face a rival detective agency.

8. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (Harvest, $14). The author of this lively yarn about a boy and a beast surviving a shipwreck admits he "borrowed" the plot from a 1981 Brazilian novel.

9. Full Cupboard of Life, by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon, $19.95). Precious Ramotswe, planning her own marriage, investigates a quartet of gold-digging suitors pursuing a hair-salon entrepreneuse.

NEW 10. Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear (Penguin, $14). A precociously brilliant working-class maid in WWI-era England finds her true calling as a private detective.


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