1. "The Da Vinci Code," by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $24.95). The murder of a curator at the Louvre leads to a trail of clues found in the work of Leonardo and to the discovery of a centuries-old secret society.
2. "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $19.95). An old man who died while trying to rescue a little girl from danger discovers that all will be explained to him in the afterlife.
3. "The Dark Tower, Volumes 1-5," by Stephen King (Viking and Donald M. Grant/Scribner, various prices). The tale of a mysterious gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his quest for the nexus of all space and time.
4. "Shepherds Abiding," by Jan Karon (Viking, $24.95). Father Tim tries to spruce up a nativity scene that has been neglected; a "Mitford Years" novel.
5. "Safe Harbour," by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $26.95). A troubled artist and a grief-stricken woman are brought together by her 11-year-old daughter.
1. "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story," by Rick Bragg (Knopf, $23.95). The former P.O.W. recalls her capture, imprisonment and rescue, as well as childhood experiences in West Virginia.
2. "A Royal Duty," by Paul Burrell (Putnam, $25.95). A memoir by the man who served as butler to Diana, Princess of Wales.
3. "Who's Looking Out For You?" by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway, $24.95). The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" attacks those individuals and institutions that he believes have let down the American people.
4. "Dude, Where's My Country?" by Michael Moore (Warner, $24.95). The author of "Stupid White Men" calls for "regime change" in Washington.
5. "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them," by Al Franken (Dutton, $24.95). A satirical critique of the rhetoric of right-wing pundits and politicians.
Advice, how-to and miscellaneous
1. "The South Beach Diet," by Arthur Agatston (Rodale, $24.95). A weight-loss plan designed by a Miami cardiologist.
2. "The Purpose-Driven Life," by Rick Warren (Zondervan, $19.99). Finding the meaning of life through God.
3. "The Ultimate Weight Solution," by Phil McGraw (Free Press, $26). Dr. Phil identifies "seven keys" to losing weight.
4. "The World According to Mister Rogers," by Fred Rogers (Hyperion, $16.95). Inspirational words from the TV personality, who died this year.
5. "Guinness World Records 2004" (Guinness, $27.95). A profusely illustrated collection of records about subjects as various as sports and technology.
-- The New York Times