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New York Times Bestsellers

NY TIMES SERVICE

FICTION


1. THE THIRTEENTH TALE

by Diane Setterfield

Atria

A biographer struggles to discover the truth about an aging writer who has mythologized her past.


2. THE BOOK OF FATE

by Brad Meltzer

Warner

The apparent murder of a presidential aide reveals Masonic secrets in Washington and a 200-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson.


3. THE MISSION SONG

by John le Carre

Little, Brown

An English translator, born in Congo, is sent by British intelligence to work for a corporate syndicate that wants to subvert Congolese elections.


4. RISE AND SHINE

by Anna Quindlen

Random House

The lives of two sisters, one the host of a television show and the other a social worker.


5. JUDGE & JURY

by James Patterson and Andrew Gross

Little, Brown

An aspiring actress and an FBI agent join forces against a powerful mobster.


6. THE GUY NOT TAKEN

by Jennifer Weiner

Atria

Stories about women and relationships from the author of In Her Shoes.


7. IMPERIUM

by Robert Harris

Simon & Schuster

A fictional life of Marcus Cicero, the Roman statesman and orator, as told by a household slave.


8. THE MEPHISTO CLUB

by Tess Gerritsen

Ballantine

A Boston medical examiner and a detective must solve a series of murders involving apocalyptic messages and a sinister cabal.


9. DARK CELEBRATION

by Christine Feehan

Berkley

Carpathians from around the world join together to oppose their enemies’ plot to kill all Carpathian women.


10. WORLD WAR Z

by Max Brooks

Crown

An “oral history” of an imagined Zombie War that nearly destroys civilization.


11. THE RIGHT ATTITUDE TO RAIN

by Alexander McCall Smith

Pantheon

The third novel featuring the philosopher Isabel Dalhousie is a mystery about the meaning of happiness.


12. THE EMPEROR’S CHILDREN

Claire Messud

Knopf

A group of privileged 30-somethings make their way in literary New York just before Sept. 11.


NONFICTION


1. I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK

by Nora Ephron.

Knopf

A witty look at aging from a novelist and screenwriter of When Harry Met Sally.


2. THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD

by Frank Rich

Penguin

A New York Times columnist attacks the Bush administration’s approach to message management.


3. THE CONFESSION

by James McGreevey

Regan

The former New Jersey governor comes out.


4. MARLEY & ME

by John Grogan

Morrow

A newspaper columnist and his wife learn some life lessons from their neurotic dog.


5. THE WORLD IS FLAT

by Thomas L. Friedman

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

A columnist for the New York Times analyzes 21st-century economics and foreign policy.


6. STATE OF EMERGENCY

by Patrick J. Buchanan

Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s

The conservative commentator argues against unchecked immigration.


7. LETTER TO A CHRISTIAN NATION

by Sam Harris

Knopf

The author of The End of Faith responds to Christians’ arguments in defense of their beliefs.


8. I SHOULDN’T EVEN BE DOING THIS!

by Bob Newhart

Hyperion

A memoir by the comedian.


9. FREAKONOMICS

by Steven D. Levitt

and Stephen J. Dubner

Morrow

A maverick scholar and a journalist apply economic theory to almost everything.


10. THE LOOMING TOWER

by Lawrence Wright

Knopf

The road to Sept. 11 as seen through the lives of terrorist planners and the FBI counterterrorism chief who died in the attacks.


11. THE GOD DELUSION

by Richard Dawkins

Houghton Mifflin

An Oxford scientist asserts that belief in God is irrational and that religion has done great harm in the world.


12. HUBRIS

by Michael Isikoff

and David Corn

Crown

The planning and marketing of the US-led invasion of Iraq, featuring the president, administration officials, neoconservatives, Iraq exiles and credulous journalists.

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