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. "Truth or Dare," by Jayne Ann Krentz (Putnam, $24.95). In Whispering Springs, Ariz., an interior designer with a supernatural talent and her husband, a private investigator, are both haunted by their pasts.

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


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

3. "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.

4. "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.

5. "Benjamin Franklin," by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster, $30). A biography of the scientist, inventor, writer and Revolutionary statesman.

Advice, how-to and miscellaneous

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

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

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

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 Present," by Spencer Johnson (Doubleday, $19.95). An inspirational parable about the search for happiness, by the author of "Who Moved My Cheese?"


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