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

Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in an effort to further their radical agenda.42WHITEOUT (Signet, $7.99). By Ken Follett

The debt-ridden son of a pharmaceutical company's founder burgles the lab, with unforeseen consequences.43THE 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.594MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (Vintage, $14.95)

By Arthur Golden. The celebrated geisha, Sayuri, relates her rise to fame and fortune in 1930s imperial Japan.25NIGHT 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.46WICKED: 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.147DARK WATCH (Berkley, $16). By Clive Cussler and

Jack DuBrul. Pirates prowling the waters of Southeast Asia threaten the livelihood of powerful shipping magnates.38LIFE EXPECTANCY (Bantam, $7.99). By Dean Koontz

Jimmy Took, buffeted by destiny, musters decency and strength to cope with five days of horror.49LONDON BRIDGES (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.810VANISHING ACTS (Washington Square, $14)

By Jodi Picoult. A young woman confronts the painful reality that she was kidnapped as a child by her own father.1Nonfiction/General1A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (Anchor, $14.95)

By James Frey. A former screenwriter and drug dealer chronicles his addiction and recovery.92JARHEAD: A MARINE'S CHRONICLE OF THE

GULF WAR AND OTHER BATTLES

(Pocket, $7.99; Scribner, $15). By Anthony Swofford53WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.154THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.475IN 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.56THE 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.907HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON

(Vintage, $15). By Joseph J. Ellis. A biography of the statesman from British army soldier to U.S. president.28GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.499BAD 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.3210READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women.94HardcoverFiction1MARY, MARY (Little, Brown, $27.95)

By James Patterson. Hollywood's A-list stars look to Alex Cross to protect them from a vicious serial killer.12LIGHT 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.23THE CAMEL CLUB (Warner, $26.95). By David Baldacci

A band of zealous conspiracy theorists stumbles across intrigue after witnessing a murder on Roosevelt Island.44PREDATOR (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.45A 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.26AT 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.47CHRIST 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.38ORDINARY 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.39SAVING FISH FROM DROWNING (Putnam, $26.95)

By Amy Tan. A Burmese vacation is scuttled when American travelers are seized by a mystical rebel tribe.410TOXIC BACHELORS (Delacorte, $27). By Danielle Steel Charles, Adam and Gray, confirmed bachelors thriving professionally at mid-life, meet their romantic matches.4Nonfiction/General1TEACHER MAN: A MEMOIR (Scibner, $26)

By Frank McCourt. The author of "Angela's Ashes" recounts his tenure in the NYC public school system.12TEAM OF RIVALS: THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (Simon & Schuster, $35)

By Doris Kearns Goodwin. Presidential finesse.43THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.334OUR ENDANGERED VALUES: AMERICA'S MORAL

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

Cautioning against religious fundamentalism's influence.35THE 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.76ARE MEN NECESSARY? WHEN SEXES COLLIDE

(Putnam, $25.95). By Maureen Dowd. A collection of columns on sex, feminism and gender relations.27THE COMPLETE CALVIN AND HOBBES

(Andrews McMeel, $150). By Bill Watterson. The cartoon strip in its entirety from its first syndication in 1985.68HEALTHY AGING: A LIFELONG GUIDE TO YOUR PHYSICAL

AND SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING (Knopf, $27.95)

By Andrew Weil. A new perspective for staying vibrant.59THE TRUTH: WITH JOKES (Dutton, $25.95)

By Al Franken. The cheeky satirist's follow-up to "Lies" aims to debunk the conservative media spin.410FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner32 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 20, 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.)