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. "State of Fear," by Michael Crichton (HarperCollins, $27.95). Reverse eco-terrorists create natural disasters to convince the public that global warming is real.
4. "A Salty Piece of Land," by Jimmy Buffett (Little, Brown, $27.95). A cowboy's life is changed forever when he meets a 101-year-old woman who hires him to be a lighthouse keeper in the southern Bahamas.
5. "London Bridges," by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $27.95). The F.B.I. agent Alex Cross contends with two deadly enemies: the supercriminal known as the Wolf and the assassin known as the Weasel.
1. "America (The Book)," by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum (Warner, $24.95). "The Daily Show" offers a lavishly illustrated parody of a civics textbook.
2. "Chronicles: Volume One," by Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster, $24) Recollections and observations from the singer/songwriter.
3. "Faithful," by Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King (Scribner, $26.) Two novelists -- and die-hard Boston Red Sox fans -- chronicle the 2004 championship season, from spring training to the World Series.
4. "When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?" by George Carlin (Hyperion, $23.95). Another volume of observations and opinions from the stand-up comedian.
5. "His Excellency," by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf, $26.95). A biography of George Washington, by the author of "Founding Brothers."
Advice, how-to and miscellaneous
1. "Your Best Life Now," by Joel Osteen (Warner Faith, $19.99). A faith-based approach to living with enthusiam.
2. "The Purpose-Driven Life," by Rick Warren (Zondervan, $19.99). Finding the meaning of life through God.
3. "He's Just Not That Into You," by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $19.95). How a woman can tell if a relationship is going nowhere.
4. "Guinness World Records 2005" (Guinness, $27.95). A profusely illustrated collection of records about subjects as various as sports and technology.
5. "Family First," by Phil McGraw (Free Press, $26). Dr. Phil's advice to parents on becoming the "best and most persuasive influence" in children's lives.
-- The New York Times