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1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $24.95). Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's hunt for the Holy Grail.
2. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday, $21.95). A prima donna fashion magazine editor terrorizes her new assistant.
3. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (Morrow, $25.95). U.S. marshals probe an inmate's escape from a mental institution.
4. The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon, $19.95). The sage Botswana P.I. is faced with a rival detective across town.
5. The King of Torts by John Grisham (Doubleday, $27.95). A weary public defender is lured into the lucrative class-action trade.
6. The Sisters of APF by Zane (Atria, $21). Based on Zane's popular short story subject about the sexy escapades of a sorority.
7. A Cold Heart by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine, $26.95). Alex Delaware confronts serial killings in L.A.'s arts community.
8. The Light of Day by Graham Swift (Knopf, $24). A lonely London P.I. reflects on his past and a current infatuation.
9. All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown, $25.95). A husband's obsessive love precipitates a series of tragedies.
10. The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, $26). A Wall Street reporter investigates fraud at a medical research firm.


1. Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor (Miramax, $25.95). Her majesty's journey from American youth to modern monarch.
2. The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis (Modern Library, $19.95). The evolution of Muslim anxiety and hostility toward the West.
3. The Future of Freedom by Fareed Zakaria (Norton, $24.95). The inherent dangers in mistaking populism for democracy.
4. Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester (HarperCollins, $27.95). The human and ecological tolls of a volcano's eruption.
5. First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers and Cheaters from Taft to Bush by Don Van Natta Jr. (PublicAffairs, $26). New York Times' Washington correspondent shares the inside scoop on presidential golfers.
6. Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order by Robert Kagan (Knopf, $18). The increasingly divergent interests of America and Europe.
7. The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jaques Pepin (Houghton Mifflin, $26). Memoir of superstar chef.
8. What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson (Random House, $24.95). Profiles of people across the United States answering life's calling.
9. Nature vs. Nurture by Matt Ridley (HarperCollins, $25.95). In his follow-up to "Genome," Ridley asks is it nature or nurture that makes us who we are?
10. Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings by James M. Goode (Smithsonian, $69.95). An elegant, completely updated edition of the landmark study of Washington's lost architecture.
-- Washington Post

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