PaperbackFiction1LONDON BRIDGES (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.12NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jove, $9.99). By Nora Roberts

The usual tranquility of Lunacy, Alaska, is ruffled when a resident, missing for 16 years, is discovered murdered.13THE 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.524HOUR GAME (Warner Vision, $7.99). By David Baldacci

A murderer, mimicking the modus operandi of notorious serial killers, threatens the hamlet of Wrightsburg, Va.55LIGHT 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.36TWISTED (Ballantine, $7.99). By Jonathan Kellerman

Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor hunts a serial killer who strikes on the same date each year.17WICKED: 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.78IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN (Avon, $7.50)

By Lisa Kleypas. A historical romance featuring cheeky American Lillian Bowman and Marcus, Lord Westcliff.19ECHOES (Dell, $7.99). By Danielle Steel

Spanning both world wars, this tale chronicles the romance between a Jewish woman and a Catholic aristocrat.110THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA (Vintage, $14.95)

By Philip Roth. In this imagined history, Charles Lindbergh, as a Nazi sympathizer, is elected U.S. president.1Nonfiction/General1A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (Anchor, $14.95)

By James Frey. A memoir of addiction and recovery, recently chosen for Oprah's book club.22WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.83THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.404CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE (Simon & Schuster, $14)

By Bob Dylan. The singer/songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his career and artistic evolution.35THE 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.836GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.437BAD DOG: 278 OUTSPOKEN, INDECENT, AND

OVERDRESSED DOGS (Workman, $9.95)

By R.D. Rosen, Harry Prichett and Rob Battles28WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE

BECAME SHAKESPEARE (Norton, $14.95)

By Stephen Greenblatt. The Bard and his times.39READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.8710RISING TIDE: THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI FLOOD

OF 1927 AND HOW IT CHANGED AMERICA

(Simon & Schuster, $16). By John M. Barry2HardcoverFiction1A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES (Delacorte, $28)

By Diana Gabaldon. Jamie and the time-traveling Claire are in the American colonies in this sixth Outlander novel.12SON OF A WITCH (Regan, $26.95). By Gregory Maguire

Sequel to Maguire's hit novel, "Wicked," this fable follows the young Liir on a quest for answers about his parentage.13THE 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.24ON BEAUTY (Penguin Press, $25.95). By Zadie Smith

The lives of two families -- one Bohemian, the other decidedly not -- intersect with unforeseen consequences.35ANANSI 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.26GOODNIGHT 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.27SCHOOL DAYS (Putnam, $24.95). By Robert B. Parker

A student confesses to killing seven in a shooting at his private school, but P.I. Spenser is tapped to clear his name.18FRIENDS, LOVERS, CHOCOLATE (Pantheon, $21.95)

By Alexander McCall Smith. Occasional gumshoe Isabel Dalhousie aids a young man beset by disturbing visions.29THE DIVIDE (Putnam, $26.95). By Nicholas Evans

A look at one family's erratic unraveling after the abrupt divorce of the parents leaves their children adrift110SHALIMAR THE CLOWN (Random House, $25.95)

By Salman Rushdie. A Kashmiri native's evolution to terrorist is mapped in this tale of political-religious strife.2Nonfiction/General1THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS (Penguin Press, $25.95)

By John Berendt. Venice, where the author moved in 1997, is affectionately portrayed here in all its glory and decay.12THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.263FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner2541776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.185WHAT REMAINS: A MEMOIR OF FATE, FRIENDSHIP,

AND LOVE (Scribner, $25.95). By Carole Radziwill

Musings from the widow of JFK Jr.'s first cousin.16BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.387CONFESSIONS 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.138THE SECRET MAN: THE STORY OF WATERGATE'S

DEEP THROAT (Simon & Schuster, $23)

By Bob Woodward. W. Mark Felt's crucial role.79A BRIEFER HISTORY OF TIME (Bantam, $25)

By Stephen Hawking with Leonard Mlodinow. A concise, illustrated, updated edition of the 1988 classic on physics.110IMPERIAL GRUNTS: THE AMERICAN MILITARY

ON THE GROUND (Random House, $27.95)

By Robert D. Kaplan. U.S. soldiers around the world.2 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 2, 2005. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2005 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflects weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. Advice, reference and self-help books appear on a separate, monthly list.)