The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 2003

We’re not taking a long trip this month – just ten years ago – so pack light. We’re going to venture back to the year 2003, when:

  • the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on its return flight (February)
  • 99% of the human genome was sequenced to 99.99% accuracy (May)
  • the original Man in Black, Johnny Cash, died (September)

And since 2003 isn’t so far away, I’m sure you’ll be able to remember many of the most popular books (and probably remember reading them as well). Here are the New York Times Best Sellers for the week of August 3, 2003.



1. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich

2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

3. Johnny Angel by Danielle Steel

4. The Lake House by James Patterson

5. Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann

6. Seizure by Robin Cook

7. Trading Up by Candace Bushnell

8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

9. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

10. White Death by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos

11. Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs

12. A Man to Call My Own by Johanna Lindsey

13. Isle of Palms by Dorothea Benton Frank

14. McNally’s Dare by Vincent Lardo

15. Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani



1. Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg

2. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

3. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

4. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

5. The Kennedy Curse: Why America’s First Family Has Been Haunted by Tragedy for 150 Years by Edward Klein

6. Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism by Ann Coulter

7. A Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

8. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

9. Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point by David Lipsky

10. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted by E. Lynn Harris

11. Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels

12. Leap Of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor

13. The Teammates by David Halberstam

14. Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History by George Crile

15. Invisible Eden: A Story of Love and Murder on Cape Cod by Maria Flook


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