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PaperbackFiction1THE BIG BAD WOLF (Warner, $7.99)

By James Patterson. FBI novice Alex Cross matches wits with a Russian mobster trafficking in sexual slavery.32WINNER 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.33SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.74SKIPPING 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.15BLOW 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.66SACRED STONE (Berkley, $15). By Clive Cussler

& Craig Dirgo. The mercenary crew of the warship "Oregon" hopes to secure an ancient radioactive artifact.27THE 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.28ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.429THE 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.2210THE 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.4Nonfiction/General1THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE ANTIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)132READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor's memoir of her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.393A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular history of science's grandest achievements.54THE 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.355FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE

(Back Bay, $14.95). By James Bradley. The brutal captivity of eight American POWs held by Japanese forces.56PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $14)

By Bob Woodward. Assessing the motivations behind the administration's green-lighting of the war in Iraq.27FRIDAY 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.28DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE

AND INHERITANCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. Memoir by the rising politician.109TREASON: LIBERAL TREACHERY FROM THE COLD WAR

TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM (Three Rivers, $14.95)

By Ann Coulter. Perceived foreign policy flaws.110THE OFFICIAL FAHRENHEIT 9/11 READER

(Simon & Schuster, $14). By Michael Moore. Screenplay and sources for the prize-winning documentary.2HardcoverFiction1NORTHERN 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. 12THE 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.423THE 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.34TRACE (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.65THE DARK TOWER: THE DARK TOWER VII

(Donald M. Grant, $35). By Stephen King. The epic series concludes as the gunslingers reach the dreaded tower.46SHOPAHOLIC & 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.37THE GIFT (Silhouette, $16.95). By Nora Roberts

Two holiday tales from the romance writer: "All I Want for Christmas" and "Home for the Holidays."28LIGHT 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.19THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.4110JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL

(Bloomsbury USA, $27.95). By Susanna Clarke

Two English magicians hope to revive the age of magic.7Nonfiction/General1AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION (Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.42HOW TO TALK TO A LIBERAL (IF YOU MUST)

(Crown Forum, $26.95). By Ann Coulter. The conservative pundit maps out the American political scene.23CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE

(Simon & Schuster, $24). By Bob Dylan. The singer and songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life.24WHEN WILL JESUS BRING THE PORK CHOPS?

(Hyperion, $23.95). By George Carlin. The comedian's mocking riffs on America's social and political climate.15UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS

SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY (Regnery, $27.95)

By John E. O'Neill & Jerome F. Corsi. A contrary view.106THE FAMILY: THE REAL STORY OF THE BUSH DYNASTY

(Doubleday, $29.95). By Kitty Kelley. An unauthorized examination of three generations of the Bush clan.57WILL THEY EVER TRUST US AGAIN? LETTERS FROM

THE WAR ZONE (Simon & Schuster, $22)

By Michael Moore. Correspondence from the front lines.18MAGICAL THINKING: TRUE STORIES

(St. Martin's, $23.95). By Augusten Burroughs. A compilation of comical, often very confessional essays.29CHAIN OF COMMAND: THE ROAD FROM 9/11 TO

ABU GHRAIB (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Seymour M. Hersh. An investigative reporter's verdict.510SHADOW WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOW BUSH

IS WINNING THE WAR ON TERROR (Regnery, $27.95)

By Richard Miniter. Another view on tackling terror. 1 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.)