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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. First Counsel by Brad Meltzer (Warner, $25.95). Murder muddles the tie between a lawyer and the president's daughter.
3. The Cat Who Smelled a Rat by Lilian Jackson Braun (Putnam, $23.95). Felines Koko and Yum Yum look into a series of arsons and murder.
4. Protect and Defend by Richard North Patterson (Knopf, $26.95). A Supreme Court nominee is tested by a controversial court case.
5. A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown, $25.95). A respected cop becomes the prime suspect in a puzzling murder.
6. Special Ops by W.E.B. Griffin (Putnam, $25.95). The Green Berets attempt to stop a communist coup in the Congo.
7. Roses Are Red by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $26.95). Alex Cross attempts to thwart a clever and savage bank robber.
8. 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.
9. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins, $26). Three tales set in an untamed patch of southern Appalachia.
10. Code to Zero by Ken Follett (Dutton, $26.95). Veteran thriller writer turns in another story of espionage, deceit and betrayal.


1. Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole by Jerri Nielsen (Talk/Miramax, $23.95). While working at the South Pole, a doctor discovers and treats herself for breast cancer.
2.Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam, $19.95). A guide to making change work for you.
3.Body for Life by Bill Phillips and Michael D'Orso (HarperCollins, $25). Ways to improve one's body,
one's life.
4.An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster, $26). Former president shares his memories of a rural boyhood.
5.A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen (Random House, $12.95). Columnist shares her thoughts on a happy life.
6.Maestro: Greenspan's Fed and the American Boom by Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster, $25). Woodward's examination of Alan Greenspan and the American economy.
7.Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $21). Newspaperman returns to visit a college professor who is dying.
8.Reagan in His Own Hand by Ronald Reagan (Free Press, $30). The writings of the former president.
9.Nothing Like It in the World by Stephen Ambrose (Simon & Schuster, $28). Story of the men who build the Transcontinental Railroad.
10.Until Today!: Daily Devotions by Iyanla Vanzant (Simon & Schuster, $22). Meditations for daily life.
--Washington Post

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