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1. Hour Game by David Baldacci (Warner, $26.95). Two disgraced former Secret Service officers team up to solve a series of copy-cat crimes.

2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $24.95). Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's hunt for the Holy Grail.

3. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, $26). Fantasy in which Charles Lindbergh becomes president in 1940, setting the country on a course of isolationism and nationwide pogroms.

4. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $19.95). The afterlife is explained to a recently deceased man by five people.

5. Echoes by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $27). A family struggles with persecution through two world wars.

6. The Two Swords (Forgotten Realms: The Hunter's Blades Trilogy, Book III) by R.A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast, $27.95). Final part of the adventures of Dark Elf hero, Drizzt Do'Urden.

7. Light on Snow by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown, $24.95). A newborn baby is discovered abandoned in the snowy woods.

8. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King (Scribner/Grant, $35). After a journey through seven books and over 20 years, the series reaches a conclusion.

9. Northern Lights by Nora Roberts (Putnam, $25.95). A nuanced tale of the Alaskan wilderness and the appealing eccentrics who cluster there.

10. Double Shot by Diane Mott Davidson (Morrow, $24.95). The 12th carb-laden installment of Goldy Bear Schulz's adventures.


1. America (The Book) by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum (Warner, $24.95). "The Daily Show" writing staff offers insights into a unique system of government.

2. He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $19.95). Every excuse a woman has ever made to avoid admitting that a man just wasn't that smitten.

3. When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin (Hyperion, $23.95). Irreverent takes on contemporary social and political issues.

4. Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan (Simon and Schuster, $24). An intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times.

5. The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston, M.D. (Rodale, $24.95). Cardiologist Agatston offers a low-carb diet that's big on snacks and protein and low on fruit and whole grains.

6. The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul by Phil Jackson (Penguin Press, $24.95). Inside story of the season that proved to be the final ride for the Lakers dynasty.

7. How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter by Ann Coulter (Crown Forum, $26.95). A collection of syndicated columns from the past decade.

8. The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan, $19). Pastor applies his highly successful "purpose-driven" framework to individual experience.

9. His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf, $26.95). The man behind the myth, based on the first president's personal letters and papers.

10. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential by Joel Osteen (Warner Faith, $19.95). Houston megachurch pastor explains name-it-and-claim-it theology.

-- Publishers Weekly