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.32NORTHERN 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.33THE 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.544TWISTED (Ballantine, $7.99). By Jonathan Kellerman

Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor hunts a serial killer who strikes on the same date each year.35HOUR GAME (Warner Vision, $7.99). By David Baldacci

A murderer, mimicking the modus operandi of notorious serial killers, threatens the hamlet of Wrightsburg, Va.76LIGHT 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.57WICKED: 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.98THE COLORADO KID (Hard Case Crime, $5.99)

By Stephen King. A novice reporter is given the scoop on her small town's unsolved murder by two elder newsmen.19TWO-DOLLAR BILL (Signet, $9.99). By Stuart Woods

Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is duped by a new client who turns out to be a con man extraordinaire.110METRO GIRL (HarperTorch, $7.99). By Janet Evanovich

Alex Barnaby hits Miami and points beyond in a risky gamble to locate her missing brother.2Nonfiction/General1A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (Anchor, $14.95)

By James Frey. A former screenwriter and drug dealer's chronicle of addiction and recovery.42WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.103THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.424A MILE DOWN: THE TRUE STORY OF A DISASTROUS

CAREER AT SEA (Thunder's Mouth, $14.95)

By David Vann. The struggle to build a 90-foot sailboat.15THE 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.856BAD 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.277THE END OF FAITH: RELIGION, TERROR, AND

THE FUTURE OF REASON (Norton, $13.95)

By Sam Harris. Religious conviction as menace.18CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE (Simon & Schuster, $14)

By Bob Dylan. The singer/songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his career and artistic evolution.59WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE


By Stephen Greenblatt. The Bard and his times.510READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.89HardcoverFiction1KNIFE OF DREAMS: BOOK ELEVEN OF THE

WHEEL OF TIME (Tor, $29.95). By Robert Jordan

The penultimate volume of Jordan's fantasy epic.12CONSENT TO KILL (Atria, $25.95). By Vince Flynn

Mitch Rapp, CIA assassin, juggles multiple adversaries, a $20 million bounty on his head and his wife's pregnancy.13BLUE 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.24THE 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.25A WEDDING IN DECEMBER (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Anita Shreve. A winter wedding sets the stage for a group of college friends' reunion, exposing myriad secrets.16THE 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.47A 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.38SON 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.39GOODNIGHT 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.410EVERYONE WORTH KNOWING

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

A workaholic banker amps up her life in celebrity PR.2Nonfiction/General1MY FBI: BRINGING DOWN THE MAFIA, INVESTIGATING


(St. Martin's, $25.95). By Louis J. Freeh12THE 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.33THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE


By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.284THE 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.251776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.206FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES


By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner277LIFE 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.28THE COMPLETE CALVIN AND HOBBES

(Andrews McMeel, $150). By Bill Waterson. The cartoon strip in its entirety from its first syndication in 1985.29BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.4010ANDREW JACKSON: HIS LIFE AND TIMES

(Doubleday, $35). By H.W. Brands. From humble origins to national fame -- our seventh president's tumultuous life. 2 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 16, 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.)