East Bay Best-Sellers 

What we're reading lately.

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


1. Stupid White Men, by Michael Moore (ReganBooks, $24.95). The Oscar-winning loudmouth skewers and gleefully humiliates the Washington power elite.

2. Target Iraq, by Norman Solomon, Reese Erlich, and Howard Zinn (Context, $10.95). A war against Iraq is completely unjustified, the authors conclude, after reviewing all evidence -- or lack thereof.

3. Dreaming War, by Gore Vidal (Thunder's Mouth, $11.95). Examining the last sixty years, Vidal concludes that America is to blame for everything, from Pearl Harbor to 9/11.

4. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, by Greg Palast (Plume, $14). An unapologetic, full-frontal assault on globalization and international capitalism.

5. Pigs at the Trough, by Arianna Huffington (Crown, $22). Huffington doles out a merciless pounding to greedy CEOs, amoral corporations, and corrupt politicians.

6. What Should I Do with my Life, by Po Bronson (Random House, $24.95). Bay Area cyberchronicler Bronson turns his attention to regular folks trying to escape soul-draining drudgery by finding careers that inspire.

7. NEW Power and Terror: Post-9/11 Talks and Interviews, by Noam Chomsky (Seven Stories, $11.95). Chomsky-heads won't be disappointed by this collection of transcribed interviews and speeches the grumpy linguist gave in 2002.

8. NEW A Dangerous Place: California's Unsettling Fate, by Marc Reisner (Pantheon, $22). This unflattering portrait of our sorry state -- past and present -- features a too-vivid description of an inevitable Hayward Fault earthquake.

9. Fast-Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser (Harper Collins, $13.95). Feces in the meat and the unsavory secret of Secret Sauce are but two of the revelations sizzling herein.

10. NEW Leap of Faith, by Queen Noor Al-Hussein of Jordan (Miramax, $25.95). What's it like to be beautiful, unimaginably wealthy, queen of a Third World country, and politically correct? Her American-born Highness tells all.


1. The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin, $14). Childhood traumas, the Civil Rights movement, mysterious Black Madonnas, and a trio of beekeepers populate this overambitious Deep South melodrama.

2. Atonement, Ian McEwan (Anchor, $14). Booker Prize-winner McEwan's latest epic examines the nature of perception.

3. Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett (Harper, $13.95). This offbeat adventure follows a band of South American terrorists who seize an embassy, a Japanese industrialist, and an opera singer.

4. NEW McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, by various authors (Vintage, $13.95). Michael Chabon guest-edits this collection of tongue-in-cheek pulp magazine genre stories by contemporary scribes.

5. 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.

6. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor, $11.95). This first mystery in a series, set in Botswana, stars an irresistibly warm, wry, and well-written female sleuth.

7. NEW Cosmopolis, by Don DeLillo (Scribner, $25). Stuck in his limo on a disastrous crosstown trip to the barber, a young billionaire spirals toward ruination.

8. Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf (Harvest, $12). This experimental and overwhelming 1925 vignette of one woman's inner life was the partial inspiration for The Hours.

9. The Nanny Diaries, by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (Griffin, $13.95) Two Mary Poppinses rip into the elitism and hypocrisy of a barely fictionalized socialite mater.

10. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie (Anchor, $10). During China's Cultural Revolution, two boys discover literature and love.


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