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1. Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler (Putnam, $27.95). A scheming psychopath's efforts to corral the world's oil market.
2. Any Way the Wind Blows by E. Lynn Harris (Doubleday, $19.95). Yancey, now a pop star, returns to Manhattan and to Basil.
3. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.95). A satirical look at each of five members of a Midwestern family.
4. The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith by Patricia Highsmith (Norton, $27.95). Stories from the author of "The Talented Mr. Ripley."
5. How to Be Good by Nick Hornby (Riverhead, $24.95). A sullen husband undergoes a sweeping spiritual transformation.
6. Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 by Garrison Keillor (Viking, $24.95).
7. The Fourth Hand by John Irving (Random House, $26.95). After losing a hand, a man is offered a transplant with an odd proviso.
8. The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans (Delacorte, $26.95).
9. Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks (Viking, $24.95).
10. Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $22.95). A spurned lover is given the diary of her former flame's first wife.


1. The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce H. Wilkinson (Multnomah, $9.99). An Old Testament prayer as a source of change and inspiration.
2. John Adams by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster, $35). A revealing biography of our often-overlooked second president.
3. The Wild Blue by Stephen Ambrose (Simon & Schuster, $26). The severe conditions and casualties of the B-24 campaigns.
4. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf, $26). The lives and debates of the 1790s that shaped the course of history.
5. Milking the Moon by Eugene Walter (Crown, $25). Oral biography of the legendary poet, novelist and actor.
6. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillebrand (Random House, $24.95). A thouroughbred's owner, trainer and jockey catapult him to icon status.
7. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam, $19.95). Self-help guide to managing change both at work and at home.
8. What My Lips Have Kissed by Daniel Mark Epstein (Holt, $26.95). The romantic poetry and romantic liasons of Edna St. Vincent Millay.
9. The CEO of the Sofa by P.J. O'Rourke (Atlantic Monthly, $25). Wit and sarcasm from the journalist's own living room.
10. The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan (Random House, $24.95). Essays on the symbiotic relationship between humans and fauna.

-- Washington Post

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