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


(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


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


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


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.)