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1. London Bridges by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $27.95). In the 10th Alex Cross mystery, the Russian mobster Wolf recruits an earlier bad guy, the Weasel.

2. I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28.95). A sheltered freshman from North Carolina learns sex, cool and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

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

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

5. 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.

6. Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich (HarperCollins, $26.95). A mysterious romp involving cold-blooded murder and a sexy NASCAR driver.

7. 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.

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

9. The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, $21). The branches of an 80-foot Vermont spruce earmarked for Rockefeller Center contain millions of dollars' worth of diamonds.

10. The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Edition by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $35). See above.


1. The Perricone Promise: Look Younger, Live Longer in Three Easy Steps by Dr. Nicholas Perricone (Warner, $27.95). Improving one's complexion will also improve one's memory and overall sense of well-being.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

7. His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf, $26.95). The papers.

8. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey (Free Press, $26). Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.

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

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

-- Publishers Weekly