1. "Ten Big Ones," by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's, $25.95). A Trenton street gang puts out a hit on the bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
2. "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.
3. "The Rule of Four," by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (Dial, $24). Two Princeton students trying to unravel the mysteries of a Renaissance text become ensnared in murderous intrigue.
4. "Song of Susannah," by Stephen King (Donald M. Grant/Scribner, $30). The sixth volume of "The Dark Tower," a series about time travel and a heroic quest.
5. "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.
1. "My Life," by Bill Clinton (Knopf, $35). The autobiography of the 42nd president.
2. "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," by David Sedaris (Little, Brown, $24.95). The humorist's latest collection of essays.
3. "Big Russ and Me," by Tim Russert (Miramax, $22.95). The host of "Meet the Press" remembers his father and the other important teachers in his life.
4. "Eats, Shoots & Leaves," by Lynne Truss (Gotham, $17.50). An Englishwoman expounds on the use and misuse of punctuation marks.
5. "Father Joe," by Tony Hendra (Random House, $24.95). A noted satirist recalls his decades-long friendship with an English Benedictine monk.
Advice and miscellaneous
1. "The Purpose-Driven Life," by Rick Warren (Zondervan, $19.99). Finding the meaning of life through God.
2. "The South Beach Diet," by Arthur Agatston (Rodale, $24.95). A weight-loss plan designed by a Miami cardiologist.
3. "The South Beach Diet Cookbook," by Arthur Agatston (Rodale, $25.95). A collection of recipes from a Miami cardiologist.
4. "The Automatic Millionaire," by David Bach (Broadway, $19.95). A one-step plan "to live and finish rich."
5. "The Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook," by Phil McGraw (Free Press, $26). Recipes designed to help with losing weight and keeping it off.
-- The New York Times