PaperbackFiction1HOUR GAME (Warner Vision, $7.99). By David Baldacci

A murderer, mimicking the modus operandi of notorious serial killers, menaces the hamlet of Wrightsburg, Va.22THE 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.493NIGHT TALES (Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Two tales of romantic suspense, "Night Shift" and "Night Shadow," republished in one edition.6450 HARBOR STREET (Mira, $7.50)

By Debbie Macomber. Cedar Grove P.I. Roy McAfee and his wife, Carrie, receive threatening postcards.25SURVIVOR IN DEATH (Berkley, $7.99). By J.D. Robb

Eve Dallas, a cop in mid-21st-century NYC, faces a murder case in which the only witness is a 10-year-old girl.26FIRESTORM (Bantam, $7.99). By Iris Johansen

Two firefighters, with remarkable psychic abilities, begin a dalliance while tracking a pyromaniac.27PAYBACK (Zebra, $6.99). By Fern Michaels

In this second installment of the "Revenge of the Sisterhood" series, a roguish senator gets his just desserts.28A FINE PASSION (Avon, $6.99). By Stephanie Laurens

An English baron becomes enchanted by Lady Clarice Altwood who, he discovers, is in grave danger.29ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.8610WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED

WITCH OF THE WEST (Regan, $15). By Gregory Maguire

This riff on the "Oz" tales features a misunderstood witch.4Nonfiction/General1WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.52THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.373GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.404THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (Vintage, $14.95)

By Erik Larson. Serial killer H.H. Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.805READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.846NIGHT (Bantam, $5.99). By Elie Wiesel

The Nobel laureate's terrifying account of his four years spent in a concentration camp during World War II.87NICKEL AND DIMED: ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN AMERICA

By Barbara Ehrenreich. The author reports on the state of the working poor by joining their ranks.28DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Back Bay, $14.95). By David Sedaris. A collection of witty essays starring the humorist's family.159BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATS GONE BAD (Workman, $9.95). By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.2410ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's ironies.31HardcoverFiction1POLAR SHIFT (Putnam, $26.95). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos. The NUMA team must avert an ecological disaster wrought by anti-globalization zealots.22THE HISTORIAN (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova. Three generations of one family pursue the undead Dracula by means of a medieval book.133THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH (Warner, $24.95)

By Robert Hicks. The novelized tale of Carrie McGavock and the Battle of Franklin, Tenn., during the Civil War.24POINT BLANK (Putnam, $25.95). By Catherine Coulter

Married FBI agent Sherlock and Savich track a psychopath who has kidnapped a popular comedian.35LIPSTICK JUNGLE (Hyperion, $24.95)

By Candace Bushnell. A quartet of savvy women juggle hectic careers, home lives and their devoted friendship.16THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a killer's identity.877SLOW BURN (Ballantine, $25.95). By Julie Garwood

A small town's decades-old murder muddles the life of one of the town's native daughters, home for a visit.28STRAKEN: HIGH DRUID OF SHANNARA (Del Rey, $26.95)

By Terry Brooks. The young Pen Ohmsford secures the "darkwand" in this conclusion of Brooks's fantasy trilogy.19CHILL FACTOR (Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By Sandra Brown. A blizzard strands Lily Barton in a rural cabin with a man who may be a serial killer.410LIFEGUARD (Little, Brown, $26.95). By James Patterson

with Maxine Paetro. A Boston boy's promising life in Palm Beach goes to pot after a failed $60 million art heist.9Nonfiction/General1THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.232FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner2231776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.154BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.355BAIT AND SWITCH: THE (FUTILE) PURSUIT OF THE

AMERICAN DREAM (Metropolitan, $24)

By Barbara Ehrenreich. White collar woes.16CONFESSIONS OF A VIDEO VIXEN (Amistad, $24.95)

By Karrine Steffans. The hip hop video actress exposes her painful past and the gritty side of a glittering industry.117100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA

(AND AL FRANKEN IS #37) (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Bernard Goldberg. Targeting the "cultural elite."98NEW RULES: POLITE MUSINGS FROM A TIMID

OBSERVER (Rodale, $24.95). By Bill Maher

Political-themed barbs from the outspoken comedian.691491: NEW REVELATIONS OF THE AMERICAS

BEFORE COLUMBUS (Knopf, $30). By Charles C. Mann

Rethinking common assumptions about Native America.110NIGHT DRAWS NEAR: IRAQ'S PEOPLE IN THE SHADOW

OF AMERICA'S WAR (Henry Holt, $26)

By Anthony Shadid. Profiling Iraq's most vulnerable.1

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