Paperback

Fiction

Weeks on Lists

1 Bel Canto [31]

By Ann Patchett (HarperPerennial, $13.95)

2 The Corrections [12]

By Jonathan Franzen (Picador USA, $15)

3 Portrait in Sepia [2]

By Isabel Allende (HarperPerennial, $13.95)

4 Empire Falls [32]

By Richard Russo (Vintage, $14.95)

5 The Millionaires [3]

By Brad Meltzer (Warner, $7.99)

6 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress [2]

By Dai Sijie (Anchor, $10)

7 Good in Bed [25]

By Jennifer Weiner (Washington Square, $13)

8 Hateship, Friendship, Courtship

Loveship, Marriage [3]

By Alice Munro (Vintage, $14)

9 The Hours [15]

By Michael Cunningham (Picador USA, $13)

10 White Oleander [5]

By Janet Fitch (Back Bay, $13.95)

Nonfiction/General

1 2003 Zagat Survey of Washington, D.C. [16]

(Zagat Survey, $11.95)

The fully revised edition of the respected restaurant guide.

2 Lucky [3]

By Alice Sebold (Back Bay, $11.95)

The young novelist's story of rape and recovery.

3 How the Scots Invented the Modern World [7]

By Arthur Herman (Three Rivers, $14.95)

The considerable impact of the 18th-century Scottish Enlightenment.

4 More George W. Bushisms [5]

Ed. by Jacob Weisberg (Fireside, $9.95)

Slate.com's collection of presidential gaffes and misstatements.

5 World Almanac & Book of Facts 2003 [2]

Ed. by Ken Park (World Almanac Education, $11.95)

Up-to-date facts and figures on almost everything imaginable.

6 John Adams [9]

By David McCullough (Touchstone, $16.95)

The life of our often-overlooked second president.

7 Nickel and Dimed [26]

By Barbara Ehrenreich (Owl, $13)

A writer reports on the working poor by joining their ranks.

8 Founding Brothers [38]

By Joseph J. Ellis (Vintage, $14.95)

The lives and debates of the 1790s that shaped the course of history.

9 A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius [34]

By Dave Eggers (Vintage, $13)

The author, at 22, becomes the guardian of his 8-year-old brother.

10 The Encyclopaedia Britannica Almanac [2]

(Encyclopaedia Brittanica, $9.95)

The 2003 edition of Britannica's first-ever almanac.

Hardcover

Fiction

Weeks on Lists

1 The Lovely Bones [21]

By Alice Sebold (Little, Brown, $21.95)

2 Life of Pi [5]

By Yann Martel (Harcourt, $25)

3 I Don't Know How She Does It [7]

By Allison Pearson (Knopf, $23)

4 The Christmas Train [2]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $19.95)

5 Reversible Errors [3]

By Scott Turow (FSG, $28)

6 The Little Friend [4]

By Donna Tartt (Knopf, $26)

7 You Shall Know Our Velocity [7]

By Dave Eggers (McSweeney's, $22.95)

8 Baudolino [5]

By Umberto Eco (Harcourt, $27)

9 The Glorious Cause [2]

By Jeff Shaara (Ballantine, $27.95)

10 Chesapeake Blue [2]

By Nora Roberts (Putnam, $25.95)

Nonfiction/General

1 Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper,

Case Closed [1]

By Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $27.95)

The bestselling author's methodical efforts to solve the crime.

2 Katharine Graham's Washington [4]

(Knopf, $30)

A diverse collection of favorite writings about the capital city.

3 Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?:

Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround [1]

By Louis V. Gerstner Jr. (HarperCollins, $39.95)

4 Leadership [6]

By Rudolph W. Giuliani (Miramax, $25.95)

The former NYC mayor reflects on his administrative qualities.

5 American [2]

By Chris Matthews (Free Press, $25)

A passionate paean to what makes us distinctly American.

6 My Losing Season [4]

By Pat Conroy (Doubleday, $27.95)

The novelist reflects on his final basketball season at the Citadel.

7 The Threatening Storm [4]

By Kenneth M. Pollack (Random House, $25.95)

An analysis of U.S. policy toward Iraq and a call for invasion.

8 The Conquerors [4]

By Michael R. Beschloss (Simon & Schuster, $26.95)

The role of Truman and Roosevelt in reshaping postwar Germany.

9 Live from New York [6]

By Tom Shales & James A. Miller (Little, Brown, $25.95)

The intimate, behind-the-scenes story of "Saturday Night Live."

10 Party Animals, Washington, D.C. [3]

By the D.C. Commission of Arts & Humanities (Orange Frazer, $25). A guide to the popular D.C. street art.