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1. Lifeguard by James Patterson and Andrews Gross (Little, Brown, $26.95). Beach bum is framed for murders and an art heist.

2. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Little, Brown, $25.95). Intricately plotted Dracula thriller.

3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $24.95). Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's hunt for the Holy Grail.

4. The Interruption of Everything by Terry McMillan (Viking, $25.95). A tale of midlife crisis, mixed with family and personal drama.

5. Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella (Dial, $23). Ambitious London lawyer finds work and happiness as a housekeeper.

6. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf, $24.95). Texas welder discovers heroin and cash while out hunting antelope.

7. Until I Find You by John Irving (Random House, $27.95). Actor seeks a sense of identity and father figures while accommodating a host of overbearing and elaborately dysfunctional women.

8. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking, $24.95). A middle- aged woman's stifled dreams and desires take shape on Egret Island.

9. Double Tap by Steve Martini (Putnam, $26.95). In eighth legal thriller, Paul Madriani defends an uncooperative soldier suspected of murder.

10. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press, $26.95). Private eye Stephanie Plum has a career crisis.


1. Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau (Alliance Publishing, $29.95). Expose of the food and drug industries.

2. The Fair Tax Book by Neal Boortz and John Linder (Regan Books, $24.95). Radio firebrand and Congressman would replace the federal income tax with a 23 percent retail sales tax.

3. 1776 by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster, $32). Esteemed historian covers the military side of the momentous year of 1776.

4. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, $27.50). Futurist's argument about why the world is "flat," based on lowered trade and political barriers.

5. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (William Morrow, $25.95). Economist deconstructs everything from the organizational structure of drug dealing gangs to baby-naming patterns.

6. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential by Joel Osteen (Warner Faith, $19.95). Houston megachurch pastor explains name-it-and-claim-it theology.

7. 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America by Bernard Goldberg (HarperCollins, $25.95). Exploration of "American Bashers," "Hollywood Blowhards," "TV Schlockmeisters" and "Intellectual Thugs."

8. The Perricone Promise: Look Younger, Live Longer in Three Easy Steps by Dr. Nicholas Perricone (Warner, $27.95). Dermatologist proposes a 28-day diet program to reverse the aging process.

9. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown, $25.95). A campaign for snap judgments and mind reading.

10. Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans with Karen Hunter (Amistad, $24.95). Cautionary memoir of siren in hip-hop videos.

-- Publishers Weekly

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