PaperbackFiction1STATE OF FEAR (Avon, $7.99). By Michael Crichton

Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in an effort to further their radical agenda.22WHITEOUT (Signet, $7.99). By Ken Follett

The debt-ridden son of a pharmaceutical company's founder burgles the lab, with unforeseen consequences.23NIGHT FALL (Warner Vision, $7.99). By Nelson Demille

Anti-terrorist expert John Corey is driven to reassess the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island.24THE 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.575WICKED: 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.126LONDON BRIDGES (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.67LIFE EXPECTANCY (Bantam, $7.99). By Dean Koontz

Jimmy Took, buffeted by destiny, musters decency and strength to cope with five days of horror.28NORTHERN 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.69DARK WATCH (Berkley, $16). By Clive Cussler and

Jack DuBrul. Pirates prowling the waters of Southeast Asia threaten the livelihood of powerful shipping magnates.110NIGHT GAME (Jove, $9.99). By Christine Feehan

Two victims of genetic engineering, endowed with paranormal powers, grapple with romance and danger.1Nonfiction/General1A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (Anchor, $14.95)

By James Frey. A former screenwriter and drug dealer's chronicle of addiction and recovery.72JARHEAD: A MARINE'S CHRONICLE OF THE


(Pocket, $7.99; Scribner, $15). By Anthony Swofford33WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.134THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.455WALKING WITH THE WIND: A MEMOIR OF

THE MOVEMENT (Harvest, $16). By John Lewis with

Michael D'Orso. The congressman's civil rights activism. 16BAD 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.307IN COLD BLOOD (Vintage, $14). By Truman Capote

Its melding of crime reportage and a novel's structure made this account of a 1959 Kansas murder an instant classic.38THE 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.889READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.9210GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.47HardcoverFiction1PREDATOR (Putnam, $26.95). By Patricia Cornwell

Forensic examiner Kay Scarpetta, now based in Florida, is stymied by a series of bizarre slayings and thorny clues.22THE CAMEL CLUB (Warner, $26.95). By David Baldacci

A band of zealous conspiracy theorists stumbles across real intrigue after witnessing a murder on Roosevelt Island.23AT FIRST SIGHT (Warner, $24.95). By Nicholas Sparks

Jeremy Marsh and Lexie Darnell, last seen in Sparks's "True Believer," are coping with the stress of engagement.34CHRIST THE LORD: OUT OF EGYPT (Knopf, $25.95)

By Anne Rice. The Holy Family's trek back to Nazareth from Egypt, narrated by a 7-year-old Jesus.15ORDINARY HEROES (FSG, $25). By Scott Turow

A cache of lost letters compels a retired crime reporter to delve into his father's often murky WWII service.16TOXIC BACHELORS (Delacorte, $27). By Danielle Steel

Charles, Adam and Gray, confirmed bachelors thriving professionally at mid-life, meet their romantic matches.27KNIFE OF DREAMS: BOOK ELEVEN OF THE

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

The penultimate volume of Jordan's fantasy epic.48THE SCORPION'S GATE (Putnam, $24.95)

By Richard A. Clarke. In 2010, the House of Saud is no more and a risky gamble for oil may precipitate world war.29SAVING FISH FROM DROWNING (Putnam, $26.95)

By Amy Tan. A Burmese vacation is scuttled when American travelers are seized by a mystical rebel tribe. 310THE AMBLER WARNING (St. Martin's, $25.95)

By Robert Ludlum. A covert U.S. operative, a 20-year vet, is detained in a government hospital for reasons unknown.3Nonfiction/General1OUR ENDANGERED VALUES: AMERICA'S MORAL

CRISIS (Simon & Schuster, $25). By Jimmy Carter

Cautioning against religious fundamentalism's sway.12TEAM OF RIVALS: THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (Simon & Schuster, $35)

By Doris Kearns Goodwin. Presidential finesse.23HEALTHY AGING: A LIFELONG GUIDE TO YOUR PHYSICAL


By Andrew Weil. A new perspective for staying vibrant.34THE TRUTH: WITH JOKES (Dutton, $25.95)

By Al Franken. The cheeky satirist's follow-up to "Lies" aims to debunk the conservative media spin.25THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE


By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.316THE 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.57THE 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.68FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES


By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner309THE COMPLETE CALVIN AND HOBBES

(Andrews McMeel, $150). By Bill Watterson. The cartoon strip in its entirety from its first syndication in 1985.410MY FBI: BRINGING DOWN THE MAFIA, INVESTIGATING


(St. Martin's, $25.95). By Louis J. Freeh4 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 6, 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.)