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1. A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terry McMillan (Viking, $25.95). The all-too-real lives of Viola Price and her colorful clan.
2. Special Ops by W.E.B. Griffin (Putnam, $25.95). The Green Berets attempt to stop a communist coup in the Congo.
3. First Counsel by Brad Meltzer (Warner, $25.95). Murder muddles the tie between a lawyer and the president's daughter.
4. Lost and Found by Jayne Ann Krentz (Putnam, $23.95). A suspicious murder and budding romance amid the antique trade.
5. Roses Are Red by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $26.95). Alex Cross attempts to thwart a clever and savage bank robber.
6. The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre (Scribner, $28). The global economy has a menacing hand in a woman's murder in Kenya.
7. Protect and Defend by Richard North Patterson (Knopf, $26.95). A Supreme Court nominee is tested by a controversial court case.
8. Code to Zero by Ken Follett (Dutton, $26.95). Veteran thriller writer turns in another story of espionage, deceit and betrayal.
9. From the Corner of His Eye by Dean R. Koontz (Bantam Doubleday Dell, $26.95). A murderer hunts for a child prodigy he is certain is after revenge.
10. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins, $26). Three tales set in an untamed patch of southern Appalachia.


1. An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster, $26). Former president shares his memories of a rural boyhood.
2. A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen (Random House, $12.95). Columnist shares her thoughts on a happy life.
3. Body for Life by Bill Phillips and Michael D'Orso (HarperCollins, $25). Ways to improve one's body,
one's life.
4. Maestro: Greenspan's Fed and the American Boom by Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster, $25). Woodward's examination of Alan Greenspan and the American economy.
5. Until Today! Daily Devotions by Iyanla Vanzant (Simon & Schuster, $22). Daily devotionals to change attitude and life.
6. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $21). Newspaperman returns to visit a college professor who is dying.
7. Nothing Like It in the World by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster, $28). The story of the men who built the Transcontinental Railroad.
8. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam, $19.95). A guide to making change work for you.
9. The O'Reilly Factor by Bill O'Reilly (Bantam Doubleday, $23). Fox News talk show host examines the good, bad and ridiculous in American life.
10. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf, $26). A look at six crucial events that shaped the founding of our nation.

--Washington Post

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