Paperback

Fiction

Weeks on List

1 Bel Canto [34]

By Ann Patchett (HarperPerennial, $13.95)

Attendees of a recital become hostages to a terrorist group.

2 Empire Falls [35]

By Richard Russo (Vintage, $14.95)

Lives converge at a diner -- the social nucleus of a Maine town.

3 The Corrections [15]

By Jonathan Franzen (Picador USA, $15)

A complex, comic portrait of one Midwestern family's dysfunction.

4 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress [5]

By Dai Sijie (Anchor, $10)

Victims of China's Cultural Revolution rely on literature to survive.

5 Jackdaws [2]

By Ken Follett (Signet, $7.99)

A daring attempt to sabotage a German phone exchange prior to D-Day.

6 The Hours [18]

By Michael Cunningham (Picador USA, $15)

The lives of three women, all linked by the novel "Mrs. Dalloway."

7 Good in Bed [28]

By Jennifer Weiner (Washington Square, $13)

A tell-all column by an ex-boyfriend turns a woman's life topsy-turvy.

8 Into the Night [1]

By Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine, $6.99)

Terrorists plot to assassinate the president at a Calif. naval base.

9 My Name Is Red [3]

By Orhan Pamuk (Vintage, $14.95)

A tale of murder and romance set in 16th-century Turkey.

10 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay [43]

By Michael Chabon (Picador USA, $15)

A comic book's success alters the lives of its creators.

Nonfiction/General

1 2003 Zagat Survey of Washington, D.C. [19]

(Zagat Restaurant Survey, $11.95)

2 World Almanac & Book of Facts 2003 [4]

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

3 More George W. Bushisms [8]

Ed. by Jacob Weisberg (Fireside, $9.95)

4 The Onion Ad Nauseam [7]

Ed. by the Onion Staff (Three Rivers, $17)

5 Seabiscuit [30]

By Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine, $15)

6 How the Scots Invented the Modern World [10]

By Arthur Herman (Three Rivers, $14.95)

7 John Adams [12]

By David McCullough (Touchstone, $16.95)

8 Holidays On Ice [1]

By David Sedaris (Little, Brown, $8.95)

9 The Elements of Style (4th ed.) [11]

By William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White (Allyn & Bacon, $7.95)

10 The Encyclopaedia Britannica Almanac [3]

(Encylopaedia Britannica, $9.95)

Hardcover

Fiction

Weeks on List

1 Prey [2]

By Michael Crichton (HarperCollins, $26.95)

Nanoparticles escape a desert lab and begin an alarming evolution.

2 The Lovely Bones [24]

By Alice Sebold (Little, Brown, $21.95)

A teenager's murder elicits diverse reactions from friends and family.

3 The Christmas Train [5]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $19.95)

A cross-country train trip brings a journalist unexpected rewards.

4 Life of Pi [8]

By Yann Martel (Harcourt, $25)

Shipwrecked with a tiger, a boy relies on his imagination to survive.

5 Skipping Christmas [10]

By John Grisham (Doubleday, $14.95)

A jaded couple's plan to take a holiday cruise goes awry.

6 Hornet Flight [1]

By Ken Follett (Dutton, $26.95)

A Danish youth attempts to alert the British to a German radar site.

7 Four Blind Mice [3]

By James Patterson (Little, Brown, $27.95)

Homicidal army vets frame innocent soldiers for brutal murders.

8 You Shall Know Our Velocity [10]

By Dave Eggers (McSweeney's, $22.95)

Two friends careen across Africa in a quest to give away cash.

9 The Little Friend [7]

By Donna Tartt (Knopf, $26)

A precocious 12-year-old vows to solve her brother's murder.

10 Baudolino [7]

By Umberto Eco (Harcourt, $27)

In 12th-century Europe, a silver-tongued youth seeks a fabled land.

Nonfiction/General

1 Bush at War [3]

By Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster, $28)

2 Katharine Graham's Washington [7]

(Knopf, $30)

3 Party Animals: Washington, D.C. [5]

By the D.C. Commision on the Arts & Humanities

(Orange Frazer, $24.95)

4 Leadership [8]

By Rudolph W. Giuliani (Miramax, $25.95)

5 Who Moved My Cheese? [62]

By Spencer Johnson (Putnam, $19.95)

6 The Conquerors [7]

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

7 Stupid White Men [24]

By Michael Moore (ReganBooks, $24.95)

8 My Losing Season [6]

By Pat Conroy (Doubleday, $27.95)

9 Live from New York [7]

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

10 Portrait of a Killer [4]

By Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $27.95)