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1. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.95). A comedic portrait of one family.
2. The Nautical Chart by Arturo Perez-Reverte (Harcourt, $26). A shipless sailor aids a museum curator's search for sunken treasure.
3. Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages edited by Harold Bloom (Scribner, $27.50). A primer for parents on children's literature.
4. The Gryphon by Nick Bantock (Chronicle, $19.95). Lovers' correspondence.
5. Embers by Sandor Marai (Knopf, $21). A rediscovered masterpiece from 1942 about a triangular relationship.
6. Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub (Random House, $28.95). An older Jack Sawyer faces a menacing entity.
7. Cane River by Lalita Tademy (Warner, $24.95). Four generations of women navigate race in America.
8. A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $23.95). Two people find solace in each other.
9. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (Knopf, $18). Chinese teens sent for "re-education" find a cache of forbidden books.
10. Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins (Random House, $21.95).


1. John Adams by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster, $35). Biography.
2. War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton and the Generals by David Halberstam (Scribner, $28). Post-Cold War U.S. foreign policy.
3. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam, $19.95). Self-help.
4. Fire by Sebastian Junger (Norton, $24.95). Essays by stalwart souls.
5. Jack: Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch and John A. Byrne (Warner, $29.95). Memoir.
6. Body of Secrets by James Bamford (Doubleday, $29.95). A look at the National Security Agency.
7. Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser (Doubleday, $35). Biography.
8. Germs by Judith Miller et. al. (Simon & Schuster $27). The alarming, covert struggle to uncover and combat biological terror.
9. The Wild Blue by Stephen Ambrose (Simon & Schuster, $26). The B-24 campaigns.
10. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf, $26). The debates of the 1790s.

-- Washington Post