|1|| THE BIG BAD WOLF (Warner, $7.99)|
By James Patterson. FBI novice Alex Cross matches wits with a Russian mobster trafficking in sexual slavery.
|2|| WINNER TAKES ALL (Silhouette, $7.99)|
By Nora Roberts. Two of Roberts's novels, "Rules of the Game" and "The Names of the Game," now back in print.
|3|| SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)|
By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.
|4|| SKIPPING CHRISTMAS (Dell, $6.99). By John Grisham|
A couple, jaded by all the material trappings of the holidays, decide to have a year without Christmas.
|5|| BLOW FLY (Berkley, $7.99). By Patricia Cornwell|
Scarpetta, taking a time-out in Florida to think about her future, helps the local authorities probe a killing spree.
|6|| SACRED STONE (Berkley, $15). By Clive Cussler|
& Craig Dirgo. The mercenary crew of the warship "Oregon" hopes to secure an ancient radioactive artifact.
|7|| THE TRISTAN BETRAYAL (St. Martin's, $7.99)|
By Robert Ludlum. An American playboy and spy living in occupied Paris is sent to Russia on a sensitive mission.
|8|| ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)|
By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
|9|| THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, uncovering some family secrets.||22|
|10|| THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini|
An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled homeland in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
|1|| THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT|
OF THE ANTIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST
ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
|2|| READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95) |
By Azar Nafisi. A professor's memoir of her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
|3|| A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING|
(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular history of science's grandest achievements.
|4|| THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (Vintage, $14.95)|
By Erik Larson. Serial killer Henry Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.
|5|| FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE|
(Back Bay, $14.95). By James Bradley. The brutal captivity of eight American POWs held by Japanese forces.
|6|| PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $14)|
By Bob Woodward. Assessing the motivations behind the administration's green-lighting of the war in Iraq.
|7|| FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: A TOWN, A TEAM,|
AND A DREAM (Da Capo, $15.95). By H.G. Bissinger
The football obsession in small town Odessa, Tex.
|8|| DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE|
AND INHERITANCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)
By Barack Obama. Memoir by the rising politician.
|9|| TREASON: LIBERAL TREACHERY FROM THE COLD WAR|
TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM (Three Rivers, $14.95)
By Ann Coulter. Perceived foreign policy flaws.
|10|| THE OFFICIAL FAHRENHEIT 9/11 READER|
(Simon & Schuster, $14). By Michael Moore. Screenplay and sources for the prize-winning documentary.
|1|| NORTHERN LIGHTS (Putnam, $25.95). By Nora Roberts|
The usual tranquility of Lunacy, Alaska, is ruffled when a resident, missing for 16 years, is discovered murdered.
|2|| THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)|
By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a murderer's identity.
|3|| THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA (Houghton Mifflin, $26)|
By Philip Roth. An alternate history in which Charles Lindbergh, as a Nazi sympathizer, is elected U.S. president.
|4|| TRACE (Putnam, $26.95). By Patricia Cornwell|
Kay Scarpetta returns to the medical examiner's office to help the new director sort out a young girl's death.
|5|| THE DARK TOWER: THE DARK TOWER VII|
(Donald M. Grant, $35). By Stephen King. The epic series concludes as the gunslingers reach the dreaded tower.
|6|| SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER (Dial, $23). By Sophie Kinsella|
On her return from her months-long honeymoon (or was it a shopping spree?), Becky learns she has a half-sister.
|7|| THE GIFT (Silhouette, $16.95). By Nora Roberts|
Two holiday tales from the romance writer: "All I Want for Christmas" and "Home for the Holidays."
|8|| LIGHT ON SNOW (Little, Brown, $24.95)|
By Anita Shreve. The emotional impact of a father and daughter's discovery of an infant abandoned in the woods.
|9|| THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN|
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
|10|| JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL|
(Bloomsbury USA, $27.95). By Susanna Clarke
Two English magicians hope to revive the age of magic.
|1|| AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO|
DEMOCRACY INACTION (Warner, $24.95)
By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
|2|| HOW TO TALK TO A LIBERAL (IF YOU MUST)|
(Crown Forum, $26.95). By Ann Coulter. The conservative pundit maps out the American political scene.
|3|| CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE|
(Simon & Schuster, $24). By Bob Dylan. The singer and songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life.
|4|| WHEN WILL JESUS BRING THE PORK CHOPS?|
(Hyperion, $23.95). By George Carlin. The comedian's mocking riffs on America's social and political climate.
|5|| UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS|
SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY (Regnery, $27.95)
By John E. O'Neill & Jerome F. Corsi. A contrary view.
|6|| THE FAMILY: THE REAL STORY OF THE BUSH DYNASTY|
(Doubleday, $29.95). By Kitty Kelley. An unauthorized examination of three generations of the Bush clan.
|7|| WILL THEY EVER TRUST US AGAIN? LETTERS FROM|
THE WAR ZONE (Simon & Schuster, $22)
By Michael Moore. Correspondence from the front lines.
|8|| MAGICAL THINKING: TRUE STORIES|
(St. Martin's, $23.95). By Augusten Burroughs. A compilation of comical, often very confessional essays.
|9|| CHAIN OF COMMAND: THE ROAD FROM 9/11 TO|
ABU GHRAIB (HarperCollins, $25.95)
By Seymour M. Hersh. An investigative reporter's verdict.
|10|| SHADOW WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOW BUSH|
IS WINNING THE WAR ON TERROR (Regnery, $27.95)
By Richard Miniter. Another view on tackling terror.
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 17, 2004. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2004 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflects weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. Advice and self-help books appear on a separate, monthly list.)