1. "The Dark Tower," by Stephen King (Donald M. Grant/Scribner, $35). Vol. 7 of "The Dark Tower," a series about time travel and a heroic quest.

2. "Trace," by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $26.95). The inept man who replaced Dr. Kay Scarpetta as chief medical examiner of Virginia asks for her help in investigating the unexplained death of a 14-year-old girl

3. "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.

4. "Nights of Rain and Stars," by Maeve Binchy (Dutton, $25.95). Life on a small Greek island is changed forever after tragedy strikes

5. "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell," by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury, $27.95). A literary fantasy involving a Yorkshire magician and the Napoleonic Wars


1. "America (The Book)," by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum (Warner, $24.95). "The Daily Show" offers a lavishly illustrated parody of a civics textbook.

2. "The Family," by Kitty Kelley (Doubleday, $29.95). The author of biographies of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Reagan tells "the real story of the Bush dynasty."

3. "Unfit for Command," by John E. O'Neill and Jerome R. Corsi (Regnery, $27.95). A negative appraisal of John Kerry's conduct in Vietnam.

4. "Between a Rock and a Hard Place," by Aron Ralston (Atria, $26). A mountaineer describes a nightmarish experience in Utah and the extreme measure he took in order to save his life.

5. "American Soldier," by Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $27.95). A memoir by the former head of the United States Central Command.

Advice and miscellaneous.

1. "Family First," by Phil McGraw (Free Press, $26). Dr. Phil's advice to parents on strengthening families and becoming the "best and most persuasive influence" in children's lives.

2. "He's Just Not That Into You," by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $19.95). How a woman can tell if a relationship is going nowhere.

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

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

5. "Guinness World Records 2005" (Guinness, $27.95). A profusely illustrated collection of records about subjects as various as sports and technology.

-- The New York Times


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