1. "For One More Day," by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $21.95). A troubled man gets a last chance to reconnect and restore his relationship with his dead mother.
2. "The Thirteenth Tale," by Diane Setterfield (Atria, $26). A biographer struggles to discover the truth about an aging writer who has mythologized her past.
3. "Under Orders," by Dick Francis (Putnam, $25.95). Sid Halley, a jockey turned P.I., investigates the murder of a jockey who may have been throwing races.
4. "The Road," by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf, $24). A father and son journey through post-apocalypse America.
5. "The Book of Fate," by Brad Meltzer (Warner, $25.99). The apparent murder of a presidential aide reveals Masonic secrets in Washington and a 200-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson.
1. "Culture Warrior," by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway, $26). The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" describes a culture war between traditionalists and secular-progressives.
2. "State of Denial," by Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster, $30). The third "Bush at War" volume by the longtime Washington Post reporter and editor describes a dysfunctional administration's inept conduct of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
3. "The Greatest Story Ever Sold," by Frank Rich (Penguin Press, $25.95). A Times columnist attacks the Bush administration's approach to message management.
4. "Saving Graces," by Elizabeth Edwards (Broadway, $24.95). A memoir by the wife of the vice presidential candidate John Edwards focuses on the election of 2004 and her subsequent struggle against breast cancer.
5. "I Feel Bad About My Neck," by Nora Ephron (Knopf, $19.95). A witty look at aging from a novelist and screenwriter. ("When Harry Met Sally").
- The New York Times