On the street
‘Wicked,’ by Gregory Maguire. I’m going to read it before I go see the play. Unfortunately it’s going to be awhile, so I have plenty of time.
1. "Smoke Screen," by Sandra Brown (Simon & Schuster, $26.95). Scandalous deaths thwart the investigation of a fatal fire at police headquarters in Charleston, S.C.
2. "The Bourne Sanction," by Eric Van Lustbader (Grand Central, $25.99). Robert Ludlum's character pursues the leader of a terrorist group.
3. "Acheron," by Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin's, $24.95). Book 12 of the Dark-Hunter paranormal series.
4. "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial, $22). After World War II, a journalist travels to the island of Guernsey to meet residents who resisted the Nazi occupation.
5. "Moscow Rules," by Daniel Silva (Putnam, $26.95). Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and an occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, uncovers a Russian arms sales plot.
1. "The Obama Nation," by Jerome R. Corsi (Threshold, $28). The Democratic candidate as an extreme leftist, from a co-author of "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry."
2. "Stori Telling," by Tori Spelling with Hilary Liftin (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $24.95). A memoir.
3. "The Way of the World," by Ron Suskind (Harper, 27.95). How the Bush administration ignored evidence about Iraq in its rush to war.
4. "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," by Chelsea Handler (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $24.95). Humorous personal essays from the stand-up comedian.