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1. Embers by Sandor Marai (Knopf, $21). Two elderly men ponder their friendship broken 40 years earlier.
2. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.95). A comedic portrait of one family.
3. Dune: House Corrino by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Spectra, $27.95). Third of the "House" prequels, based on Frank Herbert's classic.
4. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (Knopf, $18). Chinese teens sent for "re-education" find a cache of forbidden books.
5. The Best Loved Poems of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis selected by Caroline Kennedy (Hyperion, $21.95). A literary tribute from the former First Lady's daughter.
6. Death in Paradise by Robert B. Parker (Putnam, $23.95). Jesse Stone, fired from the LAPD, is now sheriff in small-town Massacusetts.
7. Cane River by Lalita Tademy (Warner, $24.95). Four generations of women navigate race in America.
8. Separation of Power by Vince Flynn (Pocket, $25). CIA agent Rapp faces rogue nuclear weapons and threats to the director.
9. The Gryphon by Nick Bantock (Chronicle, $19.95). Lovers' correspondence told through illustrated postcards and letters.
10. 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.


1. War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton and the Generals by David Halberstam (Scribner, $28). Post-Cold War U.S. foreign policy.
2. Germs by Judith Miller, et al. (Simon & Schuster $27). The alarming, covert struggle to uncover and combat biological terror.
3. John Adams by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster, $35). Biography.
4. Venice: Lion City by Garry Wills(Simon & Schuster, $35). History of the world's most fascinating city in the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was at its peak.
5. Prayer of Jabez by Bruce H. Wilkinson (Multnomah, $9.99). Reflections on the Bible.
6. Jack: Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch and John A. Byrne (Warner, $29.95). Memoir.
7. Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser (Doubleday, $35). Biography.
8. The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester (HarperCollins, $26). How William Smith became the father of modern geology.
9. The Wild Blue by Stephen Ambrose (Simon & Schuster, $26). The B-24 campaigns.
10. Communism: A History by Richard Pipes (Modern Library, $19.95). A short history on the essentials of communism.

-- Washington Post