|1|| BLUE DAHLIA (Jove, $7.99). By Nora Roberts|
Widowed Stella Rothschild and her sons move into the Harper Mansion, an estate haunted by a troubled spirit.
|2|| THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini|
An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
|3|| SKIPPING CHRISTMAS (Dell, $6.99). By John Grisham|
A couple, jaded by all the material trappings of the holidays, vows to have a year without Christmas.
|4|| THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN (Warner, $5.99)|
By David Baldacci. A journalist, forced to travel cross-country by train, finds unexpected rewards.
|5|| ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)|
By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threaten the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
|6|| THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, unearthing some family secrets.||26|
|7|| THE BIG BAD WOLF (Warner, $7.99)|
By James Patterson. FBI novice Alex Cross matches wits with a Russian mobster trafficking in sexual slavery.
|8|| EMMA'S SECRET (St. Martin's, $7.99)|
By Barbara Taylor Bradford. Emma Harte, from Bradford's "A Woman of Substance," returns via her diaries.
|9|| THE SINISTER PIG (HarperTorch, $7.99)|
By Tony Hillerman. Sgt. Jim Chee and now-retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn deal with murder and mismanaged tribal funds.
|10|| SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)|
By David Baldacci. Crimes against tow presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.
|1|| THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT|
OF THE NATIONAL 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|| FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE|
(Back Bay, $14.95). By James Bradley. The brutal captivity of eight American POWs held by Japanese forces.
|5|| THE BUSH SURVIVAL BIBLE: 250 WAYS TO MAKE|
IT THROUGH THE NEXT FOUR YEARS ... (Villard, $9.99)
By Gene Stone. Aid for the frustrated and fuming.
|6|| DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT: KNOW YOUR|
VALUES AND FRAME THE DEBATE (Chelsea Green, $10)
By George Lakoff. A playbook for progressive activists.
|7|| DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE|
AND INHERITANCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)
By Barack Obama. Memoir by the senator-elect.
|8|| 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.
|9|| THE GEORGETOWN LADIES' SOCIAL CLUB: POWER,|
PASSION, AND POLITICS IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL
(Atria, $14). By C. David Heymann
|10|| FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (Da Capo, $15.95)|
By H.G. Bissinger. A year spent observing the obsession with high school football in small town Odessa, Tex.
|1|| LONDON BRIDGES (Little, Brown, $27.95)|
By James Patterson. Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.
|2|| I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS (FSG, $28.95)|
By Tom Wolfe. At elite Dupont University, a naive freshman finds socializing to be just as rigorous as class.
|3|| HOUR GAME (Warner, $26.95). By David Baldacci|
A murderer, mimicking the modus operandi of notorious serial killers, menaces the hamlet of Wrightsburg, Va.
|4|| 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.
|5|| METRO GIRL (HarperCollins, $26.95)|
By Janet Evanovich. Alex Barnaby hits Miami and points beyond in a risky gamble to locate her missing brother.
|6|| 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.
|7|| TO THE LAST MAN (Ballantine, $27.95). By Jeff Shaara|
Actual historical figures are woven into this tale of World War I, vividly depicting the horrors of the Western Front.
|8|| THE CHRISTMAS THIEF (Simon & Schuster, $21)|
By Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark. A Vermont spruce, destined for Rockefeller Center, conceals a treasure.
|9|| THE DA VINCI CODE: SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION|
(Doubleday, $35). By Dan Brown. The art and cryptology thriller with hundreds of apropos photos and images.
|10|| THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN|
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
|1|| AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO |
DEMOCRACY INACTION (Warner, $24.95)
By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
|2|| HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON|
(Knopf, $26.95). By Joseph J. Ellis. A biography of the statesman from British army soldier to U.S. president.
|3|| HOW TO TALK TO A LIBERAL (IF YOU MUST)|
(Crown Forum, $26.95). By Ann Coulter. The conservative pundit sizes up the American political scene.
|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|| WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW|
CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA
(Metropolitan, $24). By Thomas Frank
|6|| CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE|
(Simon & Schuster, $24). By Bob Dylan. The singer and songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life.
|7|| THE COMPLETE CARTOONS OF THE NEW YORKER|
(Black Dog & Levanthal, $60). Ed. by Robert Mankoff
"Best of" book; two CDs containing all cartoons published.
|8|| TEARS FOR WATER: SONGBOOK OF POEMS |
AND LYRICS (Putnam, $19.95). By Alicia Keys. The Grammy Award-winning chanteuse expresses herself.
|9|| LET ME TELL YOU A STORY: A LIFETIME IN THE GAME|
(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Red Auerbach &
John Feinstein. Life of the legendary Celtics coach.
|10|| HALLELUJAH! THE WELCOME TABLE: A LIFETIME|
OF MEMORIES WITH RECIPES (Random House, $29.95)
By Maya Angelou. Recalling family and culinary morsels.
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 14, 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.)