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

A murderer, mimicking the modus operandi of notorious serial killers, threatens the hamlet of Wrightsburg, Va.42THE 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.513LIGHT ON SNOW (Back Bay, $14.95). By Anita Shreve

The emotional repercussions of a father and daughter's discovery of an abandoned infant in the woods.24NIGHT TALES (Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Two stories of romantic suspense, "Night Shift" and "Night Shadow," republished in one volume.85WICKED: 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.66THE KNOWN WORLD (Amistad, $13.95)

By Edward P. Jones. The tangled relationship between an ex-slave (and plantation owner) and his former master.27ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.888FIRESTORM (Bantam, $7.99). By Iris Johansen

Two firefighters, each with remarkable psychic abilities, begin a dalliance while tracking a pyromaniac.39DOUBLE SHOT (HarperTorch, $7.99)

By Diane Mott Davidson. Caterer and sometime sleuth Goldy Schulz suspects her ex-husband of vandalism.210THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and a safe haven.38Nonfiction/General1A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (Anchor, $14.95)

By James Frey. A memoir of addiction and recovery, recently chosen for Oprah's book club.12WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.73THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.394CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE (Simon & Schuster, $14)

By Bob Dylan. The singer/songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his career and artistic evolution.25WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE


By Stephen Greenblatt. The Bard and his times.26THE 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.827GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.428BAD DOG: 278 OUTSPOKEN, INDECENT, AND

OVERDRESSED DOGS (Workman, $9.95)

By R.D. Rosen, Harry Prichett and Rob Battles19RISING TIDE: THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI FLOOD


(Simon & Schuster, $16). By John M. Barry110READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.86HardcoverFiction1GOODNIGHT NOBODY (Atria, $26). By Jennifer Weiner

A suburban mom jumps at the chance to escape dreary domesticity by looking into a fellow mother's murder.12THE MARCH (Random House, $25.95)

By E.L. Doctorow. Gen. Tecumseh Sherman's slash and burn through Georgia and the Carolinas in the Civil War.13ANANSI BOYS (Morrow, $26.95). By Neil Gaiman

Charlie Nancy is startled to learn that he (and a half brother) are the scions of the African trickster god, Anansi.14ON BEAUTY (Penguin Press, $25.95). By Zadie Smith

The lives of two families -- one Bohemian, the other decidedly not -- intersect, with unforeseen consequences.25THE HISTORIAN (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova. Three generations of one family pursue the undead Dracula by means of a medieval book.156POLAR SHIFT (Putnam, $26.95). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos. The NUMA team must avert an ecological disaster wrought by anti-globalization zealots.47THE 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.48LIPSTICK JUNGLE (Hyperion, $24.95)

By Candace Bushnell. A quartet of savvy women juggle hectic careers, home lives and their devoted friendship.39FRIENDS, LOVERS, CHOCOLATE (Pantheon, $21.95)

By Alexander McCall Smith. Occasional gumshoe Isabel Dalhousie aids a young man beset by disturbing visions.110THE 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.89Nonfiction/General1THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE


By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.252FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES


By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner2431776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.174BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.375TALKING BACK ... TO PRESIDENTS, DICTATORS,


By Andrea Mitchell. Memoir by an NBC News veteran.26CONFESSIONS 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.127THE SHAME OF THE NATION: THE RESTORATION


By Jonathan Kozol. Results of the activist's five-year study.18100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA

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

By Bernard Goldberg. Targeting the "cultural elite."119IMPERIAL GRUNTS: THE AMERICAN MILITARY

ON THE GROUND (Random House, $27.95)

By Robert D. Kaplan. U.S. soldiers around the world.110THE TENDER BAR: A MEMOIR (Hyperion, $23.95)

By J.R. Moehringer. A youth informed and inspired by time spent at the local pub in Manhasset, Long Island. 1 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 25, 2005. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2005 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflect weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The advice/miscellaneous list below is based on sales from 8/29/05 to 9/25/05.)