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November 1-15, 2003 Edition  GENERAL NEWS Hicks' New

Drench Kiss Press

Focuses on Leftists

NEW YORK, NY/10/23/03—A new small press, Drench Kiss Media, has been launched by former Soft Skull publisher Sander Hicks and partner Charles Shaw, according to an article by Publishers Weekly.

The press reportedly will focus on left-wing books. Its first release will be, Whistleblowers: The Authoritative Guide to the Case Against the Official Story of 9/11.

Hicks gained recognition for acquiring a book by J.H. Hatfield that alleged George Bush was a former cocaine user after another publisher dropped the title.

Naval Academy Still Ponders


VanDeMark Plagiarism Charges

WASHINGTON, DC/10/20/03—Brian VanDeMark, a US Naval Academy history professor and author of several popular books, is awaiting a decision on accusations that he plagiarized several other authors in his latest book, Pandora's Keepers: Nine Men and the Atomic Bomb.

Since the story broke about possible plagiarism in the New York Times, VanDeMark was reassigned from his teaching job to an administrative post, and Little, Brown and Co., the publisher, recalled about 15,000 copies of the book, according to a story in the Washington Post on October 20, Page A13.

The five-month-old issue still hangs undecided by the Naval Academy. The school's superintendent and academic declined any comment to the Post.

VanDeMark has said in previous statements that he firmly stands by his book. "But I accept responsibility for rectifying my mistakes."

Academy officials blamed the delay of any action on a turbulent year at the school. The school has been involved in sexual assault charges against three midshipmen, an unscheduled change of command, and extensive damage from Hurricane Isabel, the Post reported.

Robert S. Norris, author of Racing for the Bomb : General Leslie R. Groves, the Manhattan Project's Indispensable Man (2002), and historian Gregg Herken, author of The Winning Weapon: The Atomic Bomb in the Cold War, 1945-1950 (1981), both say VanDeMark improperly borrowed from their work. The authors discovered the similarities when Norris was reviewing Pandora's Keepers for the New York Times and was told by Herkin, who was also reviewing the book for the Los Angeles Times, to look for passages that might have been lifted from Norris' own work.

Both men are disturbed by the long delay in receiving an answer from the Naval Academy and want to see VanDeMark disciplined.

Geoff Shandler, executive editor of Little, Brown, defended Pandora's Keepers, calling the plagiarism allegations "a very rare case of sporadic and infrequent carelessness" that did not impeach the book as a whole, the Posted quoted.

Shandler said he hopes to be able to publish a corrected edition soon.

Under academy rules, VanDeMark could either be reprimanded or fired. But VanDeMark is a federal government employee which would complicate any dismissal procedure.



Releases New Report

10/29/03—Book Industry TRENDS, which analyses the publishing industry, has just released its TRENDS 2003 report, including reviews and forecasts of book sales. The report covers both dollars and units for 1997-2007. This year's report includes more than 200 pages of data on key segments of the publishing industry, including:

Adult and children’s trade publishing College and elhi publishing Professional, scholarly, and religious publishing Library acquisitions

The book—prepared by the Book Industry Study Group,Inc., by the Center for Communications and Media Management at Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration—includes a broad analysis of nine major sectors of the book business. Statistical data was prepared by The Association of American Publishers.

The report can be ordered from the Study Group's website,

PEOPLE NY Times Appoints Public Advocacy Editor

NEW YORK/10/27/03— The New York Times, in an effort to restore public trust after two editorial scandals earlier this year, has named former Time Inc. executive Daniel Okrent, as its first "public editor." He will serve as an advocate for readers.

This past summer, journalist Jayson Blair was caught for having made up a series of stories, and two top Times editors, Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd, left the newspaper as a result of the scandal. Also, Rick Bragg, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, departed after charges that a non-staffer had reported under his byline.


Published Thursday, October 30, 2003 (for sales week ended Sunday, October 26, 2003.) THE BOOK SENSE NATIONAL BESTSELLER LIST

Published Thursday, October 30, 2003 (for sales week ended Sunday, October 26, 2003.) Based on reporting from over 440 independent bookstores across America.

Debuts this Week

Shepherds Abiding: Christmas in Mitford by Jan Karon (HF #4, 0670031208) Elizabeth Costello by J. M. Coetzee (HF #14, 0670031305) Reflections: Life After the White Houseby Barbara Bush (HN #13, 0743223594) The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp (HN #15, 0743235266) Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee (PF #11, 0140296409) A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland in the Forties and Fifties by Tom Brokaw (PN #11, 0375759352) Flawed Dogs: The Year-End Leftovers at the Piddleton "Last Chance" Dog Pound by Heidy Strudelberg (CI #2, 0316713597) The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey (CI #14, 0439079462)


1. The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95

2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Mitch Albom, Hyperion, $19.95

3. Blow Fly: A Scarpetta Novel

Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $26.95

4. Shepherds Abiding: Christmas in Mitford – Debut

Jan Karon, Penguin, $24.95

5. Bleachers

John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95

6. The Time Traveler's Wife

Audrey Niffenegger, MacAdam/Cage, $25

7. Split Second

David Baldacci, Warner, $26.95

8. The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri, Houghton Mifflin, $24

9. The Pleasure of My Company

Steve Martin, Hyperion, $19.95

10. The Wedding

Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $23.95

11. Quicksilver

Neal Stephenson, Morrow, $27.95

12. The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold, Little Brown, $21.95

13. Lord John and the Private Matter

Diana Gabaldon, Delacorte, $23.95

14. Elizabeth Costello – Debut

J. M. Coetzee, Viking, $21.95

15. Vernon God Little

DBC Pierre, D. B. C. Pierre, Canongate, $23


24. Mirror Mirror

Gregory Maguire, ReganBooks, $24.95

The ever-wicked Maguire takes on Snow White, setting the fable in 16th-century Italy.

28. Train

Pete Dexter, Doubleday, $24.95

Golf and L.A. noir mix in the newest from the author of Paris Trout.


1. Dude, Where's My Country?

Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95

2. The South Beach Diet

Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95

3. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95

4. Bushwhacked

Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose, Random House, $24.95

5. The Ultimate Weight Solution

Dr. Phillip C. McGraw, Free Press, $26

6. The Purpose-Driven Life

Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99

7. Flyboys

James Bradley, Little Brown, $25.95

8. Every Second Counts

Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins, Broadway, $24.95

9. Under the Banner of Heaven

Jon Krakauer, Doubleday, $26

10. The Great Unraveling

Paul Krugman, Norton, $25.95

11. Who's Looking Out for You?

Bill O'Reilly, Broadway, $24.95

12. The World According to Mr. Rogers

Fred Rogers, Hyperion, $16.95

13. Reflections: Life After the White House – Debut

Barbara Bush, Scribner, $28

14. Madam Secretary

Madeleine K. Albright, Miramax Books, $27.95

15. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life – Debut

Twyla Tharp, S&S, $25


31. Lost Recipes: Meals to Share with Friends and Family

Marion Cunningham, Knopf, $22

Tuna Loaf, welcome home!


1. The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $14

2. Life of Pi

Yann Martel, Harvest, $14

3. Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador, $15

4. #1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95

5. The Piano Tuner

Daniel Philippe Mason, Vintage, $14

6. The Last Girls

Lee Smith, Ballantine, $14.95

7. Three Junes

Julia Glass, Anchor, $14

8. The Virgin Blue

Tracy Chevalier, Plume, $14

9. Cry, The Beloved Country

Alan Paton, S&S, $14

10. Bel Canto

Ann Patchett, Perennial, $13.95

11. Disgrace – Debut

J. M. Coetzee, Penguin, $13

12. East of Eden

John Steinbeck, Penguin, $16

13. Blue Shoe

Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $14

14. Blessings

Anna Quindlen, Random House, $13.95

15. Tears of the Giraffe

Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95


39. The Seven Sisters

Margaret Drabble, Harvest, $14

How do we move from realized life through mid-life? Drabble wonderfully crafts one woman's slow change. Just out in paperback.


1. Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes, Broadway, $15

2. Nickel and Dimed

Barbara Ehrenreich, Owl, $13

3. Seabiscuit

Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $15.95

4. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution

Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Quill, $13.95

5. The Bitch in the House

Cathi Hanauer (Ed.), Perennial, $13.95

6. Fast Food Nation

Eric Schlosser, Perennial, $13.95

7. Small Wonder

Barbara Kingsolver, Perennial, $12.95

8. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2004

Old Farmer's Almanac (Ed.), Old Farmer's Almanac, $5.95

9. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Alexandra Fuller, Random House, $13.95

10. Running With Scissors

Augusten Burroughs, Picador, $14

11. A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland in the Forties and Fifties – Debut

Tom Brokaw, Random House, $12.95

12. Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom, Broadway, $12.95

13. The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95

14. Bringing Down the House

Ben Mezrich, Free Press, $14

15. Book Lust

Nancy Pearl, Sasquatch, $16.95


44. The Best American Essays

Anne Fadiman (Ed.), Houghton Mifflin, $13

The personal, the political, the most incisive — the best of the year.


1. Angels & Demons

Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99

2. Mystic River

Dennis Lehane, HarperTorch, $7.99

3. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution

Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Avon, $7.99

4. Q Is for Quarry

Sue Grafton, Berkley, $7.99

5. Seabiscuit

Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $7.99

6. Deception Point

Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99

7. The Janson Directive

Robert Ludlum, St. Martin's, $7.99

8. Dr. Atkins' New Carbohydrate Gram Counter

Robert C. Atkins, M.D., M. Evans, $4.95

9. Jolie Blon's Bounce

James Lee Burke, Pocket Star, $7.99

10. A Noble Radiance

Donna Leon, Penguin, $6.99


1. A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope

Lemony Snicket, HarperCollins, $10.99

2. Eragon

Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $18.95

3. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2: Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers

Dav Pilkey, Blue Sky, $4.99

4. The Thief Lord

Cornelia Funke, Chicken House, $6.99

5. Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve

Mary Pope Osborne, Random House, $11.95

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99

7. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets

Dav Pilkey, Blue Sky, $4.99

8. Holes

Louis Sachar, Yearling, $6.50

9. Loamhedge

Brian Jacques, Philomel, $23.99

10. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning

Lemony Snicket, HarperTrophy, $10.99

11. Inkheart

Cornelia Funke, Chicken House, $19.95

12. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Ann Brashares, Delacorte, $8.95

13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $7.99

14. Junie B., First Grader: One-Man Band

Barbara Park, Random House, $11.95

15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $8.99


20. Trickster's Choice

Tamora Pierce, Random House, $17.95

A magical medieval adventure, starring a resourceful young woman wearing fabulous clothes! The new saga from the popular Pierce.


1. Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy

Ian Falconer, Atheneum, $16.95

2. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, Robert Sabuda (Illus.), S&S, $24.95

3. On Noah's Ark

Jan Brett, Putnam, $16.99

4. Halloween Bugs

David A. Carter, S&S, $10.95

5. Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), HarperCollins, $7.99

6. Diary of a Worm

Doreen Cronin, Harry Bliss (Illus.), Joanna Cotler/ HarperCollins, $15.99

7. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Linda Williams, Megan Lloyd (Illus.), HarperCollins, $5.99

8. The English Roses

Madonna, Penguin, $19.95

9. Tails

Matthew Van Fleet, Red Wagon, $12.95

10. Walter the Farting Dog

William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, Audrey Colman (Illus.), Frog, $15.95

11. Pat the Bunny

Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99

12. Flawed Dogs: The Year-End Leftovers at the Piddleton "Last Chance" Dog Pound – Debut

Heidy Strudelberg, Little Brown, $18.95

13. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin, Eric Carle (Illus.), Holt, $7.95

14. The Hallo-Wiener – Debut

Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, $5.99

15. Five Little Pumpkins

Dan Yaccarino (Illus.), HarperFestival, $5.99

May We Recommend


SLOW WAY HOME, by Michael Morris (HarperSanFrancisco, $22.95, 0060568984) "This is a thought-provoking story of a young boy who has suffered abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Morris' eloquent writing style lends invaluable insight into the thoughts, perceptions, and coping mechanisms of abused children everywhere. Slow Way Home will leave the reader with a profound sensitivity to the perils of abused children and with hope for a positive outcome from their travails."—Maryalice Hurst, That Bookstore at Mountebanq Place, Conway, AR

THE WAY THE CROW FLIES, by Ann-Marie MacDonald (HarperCollins, $26.95, 0060578955) "A gripping story of a troubled Air Force family in the '60s when both East and West were racing to be the first to the moon. In spite of their love and their best intentions, family members become involved in landslides of international intrique, conflicting loyalties, sexual abuse, and murder. Scrappy, funny eight-year-old Madeleine anchors the book as she struggles with her love and pain and, eventually, finds answers."—June Applen, The Book Mark, Atlantic Beach, FL Also a HarperAudio (0060578963, Unabridged Cassette)


ALFRED E. SMITH: The Happy Warrior, by Christopher M. Finan (Hill & Wang, $16, 080901632X) "A rare biography in that the personal and historical are woven together like a fine tapestryand each contributes to a greater understanding of the other. A delightful read!"—Zachary Marcus, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center

THE ENEMY HAS A FACE, by Gloria D. Miklowitz (Eerdmans, $16, 0802852432) "L.A. newcomer Adam can't quite really adjust from his childhood spent in Israel, except on the soccer field, where he feels most comfortable. When he vanishes one day, his parents don't know where to begin looking. His only friend is an online buddy, Sari, but his family doesn't even realize she exists. Told from his sister's point of view, this intricately woven tale explores the centuries-old battle between Israel and Palestine. Could Palestinians be to blame for Adam's disappearance? Or is he only a teenager with a hidden love?"—Eileen Barron, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

ESCAPE FROM BOTANY BAY, by Gerald and Loretta Hausman (Orchard, $16.95, 0439403278) "This is the remarkable account of Mary Bryant, who was imprisoned in England at age 19 for stealing a bonnet and was sent to Australia. The true story of her voyage aboard a prison ship, life in the penal colony of Botany Bay, and eventual escape presents the reader with not only a great story but, also, with historical information on Mary, whose voice deserves to be heard."—Charlotte Deon, Pine Island Books and More!, Matlacha, FL