1. "The Da Vinci Code," by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $24.95.) The murder of a curator at the Louvre leads to a trail of clues found in the work of Leonardo and to the discovery of a centuries-old secret society.

2. "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $19.95.) An old man who died while trying to rescue a little girl from danger discovers that all will be explained to him in the afterlife.

3. "The Big Bad Wolfe," by James Patterson. (Little, Brown, $27.95.) After joining the F.B.I., Alex Cross must contend with numerous brazen kidnappings and a ruthless criminal known as the Wolf.

4. "Trojan Odyssey," by Clive Cussler (Putnam, $27.95.) Dirk Pitt and his two grown children investigate oceanic mysteries off the coast of Nicaragua.

5. "The Dark Tower: Volumes 1-5," by Stephen King (Viking and Donald M. Grant/Scribner, various prices.) The tale of a mysterious gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his quest for the nexus of all space and time.


1. "Dude, Where's My Country," by Michael Moore (Warner, $24.95.) The author of "Stupid White Men" calls for "regime change" in Washington.

2. Lies (and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them)," by Al Franken (Dutton, $24.95.) A satirical critique of the rhetoric of right-wing pundits and politicians.

3. "Who's Looking Out for You?" by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway, $24.95.) The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" attacks those individuals and institutions that he believes have let down the American people.

4. "Flyboys," by James Bradley (Little, Brown, $25.95.) An account of eight American airmen who were shot down and captured by the Japanese in World War II.

5. "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story," by Rick Bragg (Knopf, $23.95.) The former P.O.W. recalls her capture, imprisonment and rescue, as well as childhood experiences in West Virginia.

Advice, how-to and miscellaneous

1. "The Purpose-Driven Life," by Rick Warren (Zondervan, $19.99.) Finding the meaning of life through God.

2. "The South Beach Diet," by Arthur Agatston (Rodale, $24.95.) A weight-loss plan designed by a Miami cardiologist.

3. "Guinness World Records 2004" (Guinness, $27.95.) A profusely illustrated collection of records about subjects as various as sports and technology.

4. "The World According to Mister Rogers," by Fred Rogers (Hyperion, $16.95.) Inspirational words from the TV personality, who died this year.

5. "The Ultimate Weight Solution," by Phil McGraw (Free Press, $26.) Dr. Phil identifies "seven keys" to losing weight.


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