Best sellers


1. "Cell," by Stephen King (Scribner, $26.95). What remains of humanity fights to survive after a mysterious force scrambles cell phone users' brains.

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

3. "Memory in Death," by J. D. Robb (Putnam, $24.95). Lt. Eve Dallas tracks the killer of a woman who was blackmailing her; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously.

4. "Sea Change," by Robert B. Parker (Putnam, $24.95). Jesse Stone, the police chief of Paradise, Mass., searches for the killer of a woman whose body washed ashore.

5. "The Last Templar," by Raymond Khoury (Dutton, $24.95). A coding device stolen from an exhibit of Vatican artifacts may hold clues to the medieval Knights Templar's long-lost treasure - and their secrets.


1. "Marley & Me," by John Grogan (Morrow, $21.95). A newspaper columnist and his wife learn some life lessons from their neurotic dog.

2. "The World is Flat," by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.50). A columnist for The New York Times analyzes 21st-century economics and foreign policy and presents an overview of globalization trends.

3. "Freakonomics," by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Morrow, $25.95). A maverick scholar applies economic thinking to everything from sumo wrestlers who cheat to legalized abortion and the falling crime rate.

4. "The Year of Magical Thinking," by Joan Didion (Knopf, $23.95). The author's attempts to come to terms with the death of her husband and the grave illness of their only daughter.

5. "My Friend Leonard," by James Frey (Riverhead, $24.95). The author of the addiction memoir "A Million Little Pieces" remembers a helpful mobster friend.

- The New York Times


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