Weeks on Lists

1 The Hours [26]

By Michael Cunningham (Picador USA, $15)

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

2 Bel Canto [42]

By Ann Patchett (HarperPerennial, $13.95)

Attendees of a recital become hostages to a terrorist group.

3 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress [13]

By Dai Sijie (Anchor, $10)

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

4 2nd Chance [2]

By James Patterson with Andrew Gross (Warner, $7.99)

Four women sleuths hunt a serial killer who may be an ex-cop.

5 Sea Glass [3]

By Anita Shreve (Back Bay, $14.95)

A young couple is caught up in unionizing efforts at a local mill.

6 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency [8]

By Alexander McCall Smith (Anchor, $11.95)

A Botswana native sets up her country's first gumshoe agency.

7 The Summons [8]

By John Grisham (Dell, $7.99)

A son finds $3 million in cash stashed in his late father's study.

8 Empire Falls [43]

By Richard Russo (Vintage, $14.95)

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

9 The Secret Life of Bees [1]

By Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin, $14.95)

Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and safety.

10 Good in Bed [33]

By Jennifer Weiner (Washington Square, $13)

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


1 2003 Zagat Survey of Washington, D.C. [27]

(Zagat Restaurant Survey, $11.95)

2 What Went Wrong? [5]

By Bernard Lewis (HarperPerennial, $12.95)

3 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [15]

By Robert C. Atkins (Quill, $13.95; Avon, $7.99)

4 Dreaming War [3]

By Gore Vidal (Thunder's Mouth, $11.95)

5 Seabiscuit [37]

By Laura Hillenbrand (Ballantine, $15)

6 Warrior Politics [2]

By Robert D. Kaplan (Vintage, $12)

7 The Tipping Point [13]

By Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay, $14.95)

8 Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the

Media Distort the News [1]

By Bernard Goldberg (HarperPerennial, $13.95)

9 Salt [2]

By Mark Kurlansky (Penguin, $15)

10 The Natural: The Misunderstood

Presidency of Bill Clinton [1]

By Joe Klein (Broadway, $14)



Weeks on Lists

1 The King of Torts [1]

By John Grisham (Doubleday, $27.95)

A weary public defender is lured into the lucrative class-action trade.

2 Pattern Recognition [1]

By William Gibson (Putnam, $25.95)

A marketing wiz tracks the source of unusual Internet film clips.

3 The Lovely Bones [32]

By Alice Sebold (Little, Brown, $21.95)

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

4 I Don't Know How She Does It [14]

By Allison Pearson (Knopf, $23)

Kate Reddy juggles work and home with skill and ample wit.

5 Atonement [29]

By Ian McEwan (Doubleday, $26.95)

The calamitous repercussions of a fanciful's child's false accusations.

7 The Dante Club [1]

By Matthew Pearl (Random House, $24.95)

Dante's "Inferno" is the inspiration for a murderer's grisly crimes.

8 You Shall Know Our Velocity [16]

By Dave Eggers (McSweeney's, $22.95)

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

9 Samaritan [5]

By Richard Price (Knopf, $25)

A man beaten nearly to death refuses to reveal his attacker's identity.

10 Forever [3]

By Pete Hamill (Little, Brown, $25.95)

An Irishman given eternal life is witness to NYC's vibrant history.


1 Bush at War [11]

By Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster, $28)

2 This Just In [2]

By Bob Schieffer (Putnam, $26.95)

3 The Right Man [5]

By David Frum (Random House, $25.95)

4 Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling [5]

By Ross King (Walker, $28)

5 Atkins For Life [3]

By Robert C. Atkins (St. Martin's, $24.95)

6 Of Paradise and Power: America and

Europe in the New World Order [1]

By Robert Kagan (Knopf, $18)

7 The Power of Now: A Guide to

Spiritual Enlightenment [1]

By Eckhart Tolle (New World, $22.95)

8 Good to Great [6]

By Jim Collins (HarperCollins, $27.50)

9 My Losing Season [10]

By Pat Conroy (Doubleday, $27.95)

10 The Threatening Storm [6]

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