October 1-15, 2003 Edition GENERAL NEWS Barnes & Noble

University, Court TV

Offer Forensics Course

NEW YORK/9/24/03—In response to the ever-increasing interest in the science of forensics, Barnes &, Inc. (NASDAQ: BNBN) ( announced today that it will offer a new online course at Barnes & Noble University, created in partnership with Court TV-The Investigation Channel(TM), dedicated to the techniques and history of forensics. The course, Learn Forensics with Court TV, was produced by a forensic science educator associated with Court TV and will be conducted online at

The introductory course curriculum includes the study of the history and techniques of forensic science, from ancient China to 21st century laboratories, and explores many specialties within the field. Students also have the opportunity to step into the shoes of a crime-scene analyst to discover how to secure and process a crime scene, what kind of evidence to seek out, and both high- and low-tech forensic techniques that are used to solve crimes.

“The public’s interest in forensics has intensified enormously, as evidenced by the growing numbers of people who watch high-profile court cases and the popularity of television programs in which it plays a major role,” said Marie Toulantis, chief executive officer of Barnes & “The course will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about this important and fascinating science.”

Learn Forensics with Court TV will be taught by Stephanie Castonguay, who holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2001, Stephanie was named an Outstanding Future Educator by Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. In October 2002, she participated in the second Forensic Science Educational Conference (FSEC), held in New York City.

“Not since the space race has a generation been so intrigued with a field of science,” said Henry Schleiff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Court TV. “Forensics has transformed the judicial system – confirming clues, exonerating wrongly accused prisoners, solving cold cases and streamlining the investigative process. Thousands of high schools and colleges have added forensics study to their science curriculums. Court TV is pleased to partner with Barnes & Noble University to offer an online course which will be a fascinating introduction to forensics for armchair detectives, those considering more serious professional study, or anyone who wants to increase their enjoyment of the investigative mysteries that dominate current books, movies, television series and documentaries.”

Barnes & Noble University (BNU) is home to some of the best and most varied educational content on the Internet. Each month, dozens of courses are offered, each taught by an expert in the field, often a bestselling author. The courses cover everything from technology and computer skills to literature, writing, business, foreign language, and self-help. Many of the courses are free, and BNU’s reasonably-priced Premier courses enhance the level of learning with such features as Certificates of Completion, interactive activities, available Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Learning Paths, and more. Barnes & Noble University is not an accredited program or institution.

Learn Forensics with Court TV costs $14.95 and will begin on October 8. The reference book, The Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation, complements the course and is only $11.86. The course offers a high level of instructor participation via message boards and e-mail, hands-on forensics experiments and interactive activities using online and reference book material. Registration for the course is now available at

About Barnes &

Barnes & is a leading Internet-based retailer of books, music, DVD/video and online courses. Since opening its online store ( in March 1997, Barnes & has attracted more than 14.4 million customers in 230 countries. Barnes &’s bookstore includes the largest in-stock selection of in-print book titles with access to approximately one million titles for immediate delivery, supplemented by more than 30 million listings from its nationwide network of out-of-print, rare and used book dealers. Barnes & offers its customers fast delivery, easy and secure ordering, and rich editorial content.

About Court TV

Court TV-The Investigation Channel(TM) is the leader in the investigation genre, providing a window on the American system of justice through distinctive programming that both informs and entertains. Court TV telecasts trials by day and high-profile original programs like Forensic Files and popular off-network series like NYPD Blue in the evening. Court TV is 50% owned by AOL Time Warner, and 50% owned by Liberty Media Corp. The network is seen in almost 80 million homes. ( or AOL Keyword: Court TV)


Published Thursday, September 25, 2003 (for sales week ended Sunday, September 21, 2003.)

Based on reporting from over 400 independent bookstores across America.


New to the List this week:

A Ton of Great Debuts this Week—

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (HF#9, 193156146X) The Fortress of Solitude, by Jonathan Lethem (HF#10, 0385500696) Remember When, by Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb (HF#11, 0399151060) Lunch at the Piccadilly, by Clyde Edgerton (HF#12, 1565121953) Madam Secretary, by Madeleine K. Albright (HN #6, 0786868430) The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty, by Caroline Alexander (HN#8, 067003133X) Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder (HN#11, 0375506160) Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides (TF#4, 0312422156) Caramelo, by Sandra Cisneros (TF #15, 0679742581) The English Roses, by Madonna (CI#1, 0670036781) A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, by Lynne V. Cheney (CI#6, 0689858191) I’m a Manatee, by John Lithgow, Ard Hoyt (Illus.) (CI#8, 0689854277) Tails, by Matthew Van Fleet (CI#9, 0152167730) Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.) (CI#14, 0142501123)



1. The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95

2. Bleachers

John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95

3. The Wedding

Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $23.95

4. The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri, Houghton Mifflin, $24

5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon, Doubleday, $22.95

6. The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold, Little Brown, $21.95

7. The Teeth of the Tiger

Tom Clancy, Putnam, $27.95

8. A Place of Hiding

Elizabeth George, Bantam, $26.95

9. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Debut

Audrey Niffenegger, MacAdam/Cage, $25

10. The Fortress of Solitude – Debut

Jonathan Lethem, Doubleday, $26

11. Remember When – Debut

Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb, Putnam, $25.95

12. Lunch at the Piccadilly – Debut

Clyde Edgerton, Algonquin, $22.95

13. Love Me

Garrison Keillor, Viking, $24.95

14. Diary

Chuck Palahniuk, Doubleday, $24.95

15. The Kalahari Typing School for Men

Alexander McCall Smith, Pantheon, $19.95


18. The Known World

Edward P. Jones, Amistad/HarperCollins, $24.95

A Top Ten 76 Pick! A vivid story of slavery and black masters.


1. The Ultimate Weight Solution

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

2. Lies, And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95

3. The South Beach Diet

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

4. Under the Banner of Heaven

Jon Krakauer, Doubleday, $26

5. The Great Unraveling

Paul Krugman, Norton, $25.95

6. Madam Secretary – Debut

Madeleine K. Albright, Miramax Books, $27.95

7. Benjamin Franklin

Walter Isaacson, S&S, $30

8. The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty – Debut

Caroline Alexander, Viking, $27.95

9. The Purpose-Driven Life

Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99

10. Reading Lolita in Tehran

Azar Nafisi, Random House, $23.95

11. Mountains Beyond Mountains – Debut

Tracy Kidder, Random House, $25.95

12. A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson, Broadway, $27.50

13. Thieves in High Places

Jim Hightower, Viking, $24.95

14. The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle, New World, $22.95

15. Stillness Speaks

Eckhart Tolle, New World, $17


21. Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by NPR’s Correspondent

Anne Garrells, FSG, $22

“Shock and awe” from the inside, as experienced by a fiercely smart, courageous veteran war reporter.


1. The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin, $14

2. Life of Pi

Yann Martel, Harvest, $14

3. #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95

4. Middlesex – Debut

Jeffrey Eugenides, Picador, $15

5. Three Junes

Julia Glass, Anchor, $14

6. Blessings

Anna Quindlen, Random House, $13.95

7. The Piano Tuner

Daniel Philippe Mason, Vintage, $14

8. Blue Shoe

Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $14

9. The Virgin Blue

Tracy Chevalier, Plume, $14

10. Tears of the Giraffe

Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95

11. Bel Canto

Ann Patchett, Perennial, $13.95

12. East of Eden

John Steinbeck, Penguin, $16

13. Morality for Beautiful Girls

Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, $11.95

14. Atonement

Ian McEwan, Anchor, $14

15. Caramelo – Debut

Sandra Cisneros, Vintage, $13.95


36. The Human Stain

Philip Roth, Vintage, $14.95

The movie based on this brilliant book is coming, so read it now!


1. Seabiscuit

Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $15.95

2. Longitudes and Attitudes

Thomas L. Friedman, Anchor, $14.95

3. Nickel and Dimed

Barbara Ehrenreich, Owl, $13

4. Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes, Broadway, $15

5. Small Wonder

Barbara Kingsolver, Perennial, $12.95

6. Running With Scissors

Augusten Burroughs, Picador, $14

7. Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution

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

8. Fast Food Nation

Eric Schlosser, Perennial, $13.95

9. The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2004

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

10. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Alexandra Fuller, Random House, $13.95

11. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Greg Palast, Plume, $14

12. My Losing Season

Pat Conroy, Bantam, $14.95

13. The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95

14. It’s Not About the Bike

Lance Armstrong, Berkley, $14

15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dave Eggers, Vintage, $14


24. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason

Nancy Pearl, Sasquatch, $16.95

An irresistible title (and resource) for booksellers and readers alike.


41. How to Be Alone: Essays

Jonathan Franzen, Picador, $14

Bestselling and National Book Award-winning novelist Franzen (The Corrections) looks critically at the modern cultural landscape. Just out in paperback.


1. Angels & Demons

Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99

2. Seabiscuit

Laura Hillenbrand, Ballantine, $7.99

3. Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution

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

4. The Grave Maurice

Martha Grimes, Onyx, $7.99

5. Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter

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

6. Deception Point

Dan Brown, Pocket, $7.99

7. Chasing the Dime

Michael Connelly, Warner, $7.99

8. Quentins

Maeve Binchy, Signet, $7.99

9. Red Rabbit

Tom Clancy, Berkley, $7.99

10. Dune: The Butlerian Jihad

Brian Herbert, Tor, $7.99


1. 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

2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99

3. Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve

Mary Pope Osborne, Random House, $11.95

4. Eragon

Christopher Paolini, Knopf, $18.95

5. Holes

Louis Sachar, Yearling, $6.50

6. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Ann Brashares, Delacorte, $8.95

7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $8.99

8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $7.99

9. The Whale Rider

Witi Ihimaera, Harcourt, $8

10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $6.99

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

Lemony Snicket, HarperTrophy, $10.99

12. High Tide in Hawaii

Mary Pope Osborne, Random House, $3.99

13. The Tale of Despereaux

Kate Dicamillo, Candlewick, $17.99

14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $6.99

15. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Eoin Colfer, Hyperion, $16.95


1. The English Roses – Debut

Madonna, Penguin, $19.95

2. Diary of a Worm

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

3. Goodnight Moon

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

4. Pat the Bunny

Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99

5. Walter the Farting Dog

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

6. A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women – Debut

Lynne V. Cheney, S&S, $16.95

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

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

8. I’m a Manatee – Debut

John Lithgow, Ard Hoyt (Illus.), S&S, $17.95

9. Tails – Debut

Matthew Van Fleet, Red Wagon, $12.95

10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle, Putnam, $9.99

11. Love You Forever

Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illus.), Firefly, $4.95

12. Babar’s Museum of Art

Laurent Brunhoff, Abrams, $16.95

13. Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak, HarperCollins, $7.99

14. Room on the Broom – Debut

Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $6.99

15. Snuggle Puppy

Sandra Boynton, Workman, $6.95

May We Recommend


PRESENT VALUE, by Sabin Willett (Villard, $24.95, 1400060869) “A decent man is caught up in the downfall of both his Fortune 100 Company and his personal life in this witty novel about corporate greed. Willet’s social commentary is both hilarious and profoundly sad. A truly American novel, and maybe a great one.”—Terry Whittaker, Viewpoint of Columbus, Columbus, IN

THEATER OF THE STARS, by N. M. Kelby (Hyperion, $23.95, 0786868589) “This beautiful, mysterious, and frightening book has me under its spell. This story about the tragedy of war, the Manhattan Project’s impact on the world of physicists, and mothers and daughters, will interest a wide range of readers. Kelby is a gifted and intelligent writer.”—Joci Tilsen, Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, MN


MOON’S CROSSING, by Barbara Croft (Mariner, $12, 0618341536) “This historical fiction takes us from the 19th century, when the affluent were cultured and in quiet control, to the roaring, fast-advancing, industrial modern age. Jim Moon, a gentle, simple man, reads about the White City in Chicago and is so drawn to it that he leaves his wife and son to travel there. Weaving together three stories, this is the story of the kinds of people who worked at the fair, came to the fair to see the dream city, and became lost in its wonder.”—Dorie Schultz, Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, Mequon, WI


LEON AND THE SPITTING IMAGE, by Allen Kurzweil; Bret Bertholf (Illus.) (Greenwillow, $15.99, 0060539305) “What could be so difficult about passing fourth grade? For Leon, who is known to have poor fine motor skills, having to sew everyday for a teacher who herself seems to be patched together is surefire torture. The characters from the school bully, to Leon’s best friends, to an outrageous taxi driver all make this a real page-turner. Mystery, fantasy, and comedy, all mixed with pure magic this book has it all.”—Marilyn Smith, Hawley-Cooke Booksellers, Louisville, KY (Also a Harper Children’s Audio, 0060564334, Abridged)

M IS FOR MAJESTIC: A National Parks Alphabet, by David Domeniconi; Pam Carroll (Illus.) (Sleeping Bear, $17.95, 1585361380) “This is a wonderful addition to Sleeping Bear Press’ alphabet series. Great rhyming text for little ones and detail boxes for older children plus large colorful illustrations bring learning about America’s national treasures to life.”—Lisa Fabiano, Hearts & Stars Bookshop, Canton, MA