Sunday, December 21, 2003

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 Wolf," 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. "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.
2. "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.
3. "Dude, Where's My Country?" by Michael Moore (Warner, $24.95). The author of "Stupid White Men" calls for "regime change" in Washington.
4. "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.
5. "A National Party No More," by Zell Miller (Stroud & Hall, $26). The senior senator from Georgia assails positions taken by his fellow Democrats.

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. "The World According to Mister Rogers," by Fred Rogers. (Hyperion, $16.95). Inspirational words from the TV personality, who died this year.
4. "Guinness World Records 2004" (Guinness, $27.95). A profusely illustrated collection of records about subjects as various as sports and technology.
5. "The Ultimate Weight Solution," by Phil McGraw (Free Press, $26.). Dr. Phil identifies "seven keys" to losing weight.