1. "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.

2. "Split Second," by David Baldacci (Warner Books, $26.95). Two disgraced Secret Service agents come together to solve two campaign-trail crimes.

3. "Bleachers," by John Grisham (Doubleday, $19.95). The story centers on the impending death of the Messina Spartans' football coach Eddie Rake.

4. "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.

5. "The Wedding," by Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $23.95). A man tries to regain his wife's love; a sequel to "The Notebook."


1. "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.

2. "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.

3. "Flyboys," by James Bradley (Little, Brown $25.95). Reveals the story of nine American flyers -- Navy and Marine pilots sent to bomb Japanese communications towers over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima -- who were shot down and disappeared.

4. "The Burning Tigris," by Peter Balakian (HarperCollins, $26.95). In this groundbreaking history of the Armenian Genocide, Balakian writes a riveting narrative of the massacres of the Armenians in the 1890s and genocide in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.

5. "Madam Secretary," by Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward (Miramax, $27.95). A memori by the former secretary of state and ambassador to the United Nations.

Advice, how-to and miscellaneous

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

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

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

4. "Atkins for Life," by Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's, $24.95). A physician's program for finding one's ideal weight and maintaining it.

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


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