1. A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
by Khaled Hosseini
A friendship between two women in Afghanistan against the backdrop of 30 years of war.
2. THE QUICKIE
by James Patterson and
A police officer's attempt to get back at her husband, whom she suspects of cheating on her, goes dangerously awry.
3. HIGH NOON
by Nora Roberts
A hostage negotiator must face down her unknown stalker.
4. THE TIN ROOF BLOWDOWN
by James Lee Burke
Simon & Schuster
The Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux copes with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
5. LEAN MEAN THIRTEEN
by Janet Evanovich
The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum becomes a suspect when her ex-husband disappears.
6. UP CLOSE AND DANGEROUS
by Linda Howard
After a suspicious plane crash, a woman struggles to find a way out of the Idaho wilderness.
7. THE FIRST COMMANDMENT
by Brad Thor
Scot Harvath, a Homeland Security superagent, is stalked by a terrorist mysteriously released from Guantanamo.
8. SOMEONE TO LOVE
by Jude Deveraux
A haunted house in England holds the key to a young woman's mysterious death.
9. THE JUDAS STRAIN
by James Rollins
Sigma Force operatives trained in science search for the secret behind the re-emergence of an ancient, deadly plague.
10. BUNGALOW 2
by Danielle Steel
A writer must deal with the effects of Hollywood success on her family life.
11. THE BOURNE BETRAYAL
by Eric Van Lustbader
Continuing the story of Robert Ludlum's character Jason Bourne, who tangles with a group of diabolical Islamic terrorists.
12. PEONY IN LOVE
by Lisa See
Love, death, and ghosts in 17th-century China.
1. QUIET STRENGTH
by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker
A memoir by the first black coach to win a Super Bowl (he did it this year, with the Indianapolis Colts).
2. LONE SURVIVOR
by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson
The only survivor of a Navy SEAL operation in northern Afghanistan describes the battle, his comrades and his courageous escape.
3. GOD IS NOT GREAT
by Christopher Hitchens
Religion as a malignant force in the world.
4. THE DIANA CHRONICLES
by Tina Brown
The Princess of Wales' romance with the media.
5. A LONG WAY GONE
by Ishmael Beah
Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
A former child soldier from Sierra Leone describes his drug-crazed killing spree and his return to humanity.
6. THE ASSAULT ON REASON
by Al Gore
How the Bush administration has degraded the political environment through secrecy, fear and the rejection of fact-based reasoning.
7. THE WORLD WITHOUT US
by Alan Weisman
Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's
Drawing on science, art, religion and other academic disciplines, Weisman imagines what Earth would be like if humans disappeared.
8. THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS
by Robert D. Novak
Reflections on 50 years as a Washington journalist.
9. LEGACY OF ASHES
by Tim Weiner
A history of the CIA by a New York Times reporter, focusing on the agency's failures and delusions of grandeur.
by Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster
A biography based on newly released personal letters.
11. HAPPY ENDINGS
by Jim Norton
Raunchy personal essays from the radio personality and stand-up comic.
by Dick Morris with Eileen McGann
An attack on illegal immigration, UN profiteers, lazy congressmen and high drug prices.