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

Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in an effort to further their radical agenda.32WHITEOUT (Signet, $7.99). By Ken Follett

The debt-ridden son of a pharmaceutical company's founder burgles the lab, with unforeseen consequences.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.584NIGHT 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.35MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (Vintage, $14.95)

By Arthur Golden. The celebrated geisha, Sayuri, relates her rise to fame and fortune in 1930's imperial Japan.16WICKED: 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.137LONDON BRIDGES (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.78LIFE EXPECTANCY (Bantam, $7.99). By Dean Koontz

Jimmy Took, buffeted by destiny, musters decency and strength to cope with five days of horror.39LIGHT 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.810DARK WATCH (Berkley, $16). By Clive Cussler and

Jack DuBrul. Pirates prowling the waters of Southeast Asia threaten the livelihood of powerful shipping magnates.2Nonfiction/General1A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (Anchor, $14.95)

By James Frey. A former screenwriter and drug dealer chronicles his addiction and recovery.82THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.463JARHEAD: A MARINE'S CHRONICLE OF THE


(Pocket, $7.99; Scribner, $15). By Anthony Swofford44WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.145IN 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.46BAD 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.317THE 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.898HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON

(Vintage, $15). By Joseph J. Ellis. A biography of the statesman from British army soldier to U.S. president.19READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women.9310GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.48HardcoverFiction1A FEAST FOR CROWS (Spectra, $28)

By George R.R. Martin. An anxious peace settles over the Seven Kingdoms in this fourth book of Martin's epic saga.12THE CAMEL CLUB (Warner, $26.95). By David Baldacci

A band of zealous conspiracy theorists stumbles across intrigue after witnessing a murder on Roosevelt Island.33LIGHT FROM HEAVEN (Viking, $26.95). By Jan Karon

Father Tim endeavors to revitalize a long-neglected mountain church in the Mitford Years series' swan song.14PREDATOR (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.35AT 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.46CHRIST 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.27ORDINARY 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.28KNIFE OF DREAMS: BOOK ELEVEN OF THE

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

The penultimate volume of Jordan's fantasy epic.59TOXIC BACHELORS (Delacorte, $27). By Danielle Steel

Charles, Adam and Gray, confirmed bachelors thriving professionally at mid-life, meet their romantic matches.310MEMORIES OF MY MELANCHOLY WHORES (Knopf, $20)

By Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This novella's 90-year-old raconteur reflects on a life of trifling pleasure and idleness. 1Nonfiction/General1TEAM OF RIVALS: THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (Simon & Schuster, $35)

By Doris Kearns Goodwin. Presidential finesse.32OUR ENDANGERED VALUES: AMERICA'S MORAL

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

Cautioning against religious fundamentalism's influence.23THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE


By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.324ARE MEN NECESSARY? WHEN SEXES COLLIDE

(Putnam, $25.95). By Maureen Dowd. A collection of columns on sex, feminism and gender relations.15HEALTHY AGING: A LIFELONG GUIDE TO YOUR PHYSICAL


By Andrew Weil. A new perspective for staying vibrant.46THE TRUTH: WITH JOKES (Dutton, $25.95)

By Al Franken. The cheeky satirist's follow-up to "Lies" aims to debunk the conservative media spin.37THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING (Knopf, $23.95)

By Joan Didion. A memoir of grief and mourning; winner of the 2005 National Book Award for nonfiction.68TALK TO THE HAND: THE UTTER BLOODY RUDENESS OF

THE WORLD TODAY ... (Gotham, $20). By Lynne Truss

Is polite society dead? Are cell phones to blame? Read on.19FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES


By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner3110THE COMPLETE CALVIN AND HOBBES

(Andrews McMeel, $150). By Bill Watterson. The cartoon strip in its entirety from its first syndication in 1985.5 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 13, 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.)