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. "Cross," by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $27.99). Alex Cross, retired from the FBI, has a chance to track a rapist who may have murdered his wife.
3. "Next," by Michael Crichton (HarperCollins, $27.95). The author of "Jurassic Park" describes a not-too-distant future when genetic engineering runs amok.
4. "Dear John," by Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $24.99). An unlikely romance between a soldier and an idealistic young woman is tested in the aftermath of 9/11.
5. "Hannibal Rising," by Thomas Harris (Delacorte, $27.95). The childhood and adolescence of Hannibal Lecter shed light on how he became "death's prodigy."
1. "The Audacity of Hope," by Barack Obama (Crown, $25). The Illinois junior senator proposes that Americans move beyond their political divisions.
2. "The Innocent Man," by John Grisham (Doubleday, $28.95). Grisham's first nonfiction book concerns a man sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.
3. "Marley & Me," by John Grogan (Morrow, $21.95). A newspaper columnist and his wife learn some life lessons from their neurotic dog.
4. "Culture Warrior," by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway, $26). The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" describes a culture war between traditionalists and secular-progressives.
5. "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid," by Jimmy Carter. (Simon & Schuster, $27.) The former president calls for revitalizing the peace process.
- The New York Times