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.22NORTHERN 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.23THE 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.534TWISTED (Ballantine, $7.99). By Jonathan Kellerman

Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor hunts a serial killer who strikes on the same date each year.25HOUR GAME (Warner Vision, $7.99). By David Baldacci

A murderer, mimicking the modus operandi of notorious serial killers, threatens the hamlet of Wrightsburg, Va.66WICKED: 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.87LIGHT 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.48METRO GIRL (HarperTorch, $7.99). By Janet Evanovich

Alex Barnaby hits Miami and points beyond in a risky gamble to locate her missing brother.19THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA (Vintage, $14.95)

By Philip Roth. In this imagined history, Charles Lindbergh, as a Nazi sympathizer, is elected U.S. president.210ECHOES (Dell, $7.99). By Danielle Steel

Spanning both world wars, this tale chronicles the romance between a Jewish woman and a Catholic aristocrat.2Nonfiction/General1A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (Anchor, $14.95)

By James Frey. A former screenwriter and drug dealer's chronicle of addiction and recovery.32WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.93THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.414THE 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.845BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATS GONE BAD (Workman, $9.99). By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.266GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.447CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE (Simon & Schuster, $14)

By Bob Dylan. The singer/songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his career and artistic evolution.48READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.889WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE


By Stephen Greenblatt. The Bard and his times.410BAD DOG: 278 OUTSPOKEN, INDECENT, AND

OVERDRESSED DOGS (Workman, $9.95)

By R.D. Rosen, Harry Prichett and Rob Battles3HardcoverFiction1BLUE SMOKE (Putnam, $25.95). By Nora Roberts

Arson inspector Reena Hale's thriving career and budding romance are in jeopardy thanks to a firebug with a grudge.12THE LINCOLN LAWYER (Little, Brown, $26.95)

By Michael Connelly. A defense attorney, who works modestly out of a Lincoln Town Car, lands a wealthy client.13SON 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.24A 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.25THE 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.36EVERYONE WORTH KNOWING

(Simon & Schuster, $23.95). By Lauren Weisberger

A workaholic banker amps up her life in celebrity PR.17GOODNIGHT 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.38ON BEAUTY (Penguin Press, $25.95). By Zadie Smith

The lives of two families -- one Bohemian, the other decidedly not -- intersect with unforeseen consequences.49GABRIEL'S ANGEL (Silhouette, $17.95)

By Nora Roberts. A woman stranded on a snowbound road finds solace in the company of a kind stranger.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.90Nonfiction/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.22LIFE IS NOT A FAIRY TALE (Fireside, $21.95)

By Fantasia. A blend of memoir, pragmatic advice and morsels of inspiration from the American Idol chanteuse.13THE COMPLETE CALVIN AND HOBBES

(Andrews McMeel, $150). By Bill Waterson. The cartoon strip in its entirety from its first syndication in 1985.14THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE


By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.275FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES


By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner2661776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.197THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING (Knopf, $23.95)

By Joan Didion. Reflecting on a year of grief and mourning after her husband's death and her daughter's illness.18BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.399WHAT REMAINS: A MEMOIR OF FATE, FRIENDSHIP,

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

Musings from the widow of JFK Jr.'s first cousin.210ANDREW JACKSON: HIS LIFE AND TIMES

(Doubleday, $35). By H.W. Brands. From humble origins to national fame -- our seventh president's tumultuous life. 1 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 9, 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.)