East Bay Best-Sellers 

What you're reading this month.

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

NONFICTION

NEW 1. Against All Enemies, by Richard A. Clarke (Free Press, $27). Clarke, a Beltway insider, excoriates Bush for initially ignoring terrorist threats and then deposing Saddam for no good reason.

2. Berkeley High School Slang Dictionary, by Rick Ayers and BHS students (North Atlantic, $6.95). If you're old enough to shave, you so need this book to understand what those dawgs are saying, yo.

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.

NEW 4. 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.

5. 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.

6. The Cheese Board Collective Works, by Cheese Board Collective (Ten Speed, $21.95). Recipes and philosophy from the most important little cheese shop in the world.

7. The South Beach Diet, by Arthur Agatston (Rodale, $24.95). Carrots are evil, exercise is unimportant, meat and cheese are A-OK: it's the diet that lets you feel good.

NEW 8. Eats, Shoots and Leaves, by Lynne Truss (Gotham Books, $17.50). It's Revenge of the Proofreaders as the British author makes a brave stand against the demise of punctuation.

NEW 9. Useful Idiots, by Mona Charen (Perennial, $13.95). TV pundit reminds readers that Americans who once praised communism still refuse to take off their political blinders, even post-9/11.

NEW 10. The Devil In The White City, by Erik Larson (Vintage, $14.95). It reads like a novel, but it's not: Chicago's 1893 World's Fair as seen through the eyes of a visionary architect and a serial killer.

FICTION

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown (Pocket Star, $7.99). The Illuminati, the Vatican, and outlandish conspiracies aplenty populate Brown's precursor to his Da Vinci Code.

6. The Five People You Meet In Heaven, by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $19.95). Tear-jerking, saccharine parable of a maintenance man's seemingly unremarkable life -- and miraculously redemptive afterlife.

NEW 7. Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (Dial Books, $21.95). After revealing too many personal details to a stranger on a plane, a London office worker subsequently learns he's her new boss.

8. The Piano Tuner, by Daniel Philippe Mason (Vintage, $14). The title character travels to Burma from Victorian London to fix a rare piano and finds himself embroiled in colonial exotica.

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

10. Three Junes, by Julia Glass (Anchor, $14). Eloquent, National Book Award-winning saga of a melancholy Scottish family, traced through three loosely connected novellas.

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