1. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
by Sara Gruen
A young man - and an elephant - save a Depression-era circus.
by Sandra Brown
A detective is attracted to a judge's wife who he suspects is not telling the truth about a fatal shooting.
3. ECHO PARK
by Michael Connelly
The Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch returns to an old unsolved case, with unexpected results.
4. THE MacGREGOR BRIDES
by Nora Roberts
A patriarch finds three young men to marry his granddaughters in this reissue of a 1997 book.
5. ALMOST DEAD
by Lisa Jackson
A San Francisco woman must outmaneuver a killer who is taking revenge on her family.
6. DAKOTA BORN
by Debbie Macomber
A woman returns to the North Dakota town where she spent her childhood vacations.
7. THE KITE RUNNER
by Khaled Hosseini
An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a friend has fared under the Taliban.
by Susan Wiggs
With her daughter finally out of the house, a woman determined to fly solo falls for the owner of a lakeside inn.
9. THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER
by Kim Edwards
A doctor's decision to secretly send his newborn daughter, who has Down syndrome, to an institution haunts everyone involved.
10. THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN
by Claire Messud
Privileged 30-somethings try to make their way in literary New York just before 9/11.
11. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
by Robert Ludlum
A reissue of the action-packed thriller.
by Karen Slaughter
In the hunt for a killer, a veteran Atlanta detective is teamed with a vice cop who happens to be his ex-lover.
13. THE ROAD
by Cormac McCarthy
A father and son travel in post-apocalypse America.
1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE
by Elizabeth Gilbert
A writer's yearlong journey in search of self takes her to Italy, India and Indonesia.
2. THE GLASS CASTLE
by Jeannette Walls
The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were constantly moved from one bleak place to another.
3. 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN
by Don Piper with
A minister on the otherworldly experience he had after an accident.
by Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay/Little Brown
The author of The Tipping Point explores the workings of the mind.
5. THE WORLD IS FLAT
by Thomas Friedman
An updated edition of the Times columnist's analysis of 21st-century economics and foreign policy.
6. THREE CUPS OF TEA
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
A former climber builds schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
by Elie Wiesel
Hill & Wang
The horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
8. THE TIPPING POINT
by Malcolm Gladwell Back
A journalist's study of social epidemics, otherwise known as fads.
9. THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY
by Erik Larson
The tale of an architect and a serial killer, linked by the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.
by Thomas Ricks
How the failing to understand the developing Iraqi insurgency contributed to its further growth.
by Nathaniel Philbrick
How America began, from the author of In the Heart of the Sea.
12. CHOSEN BY A HORSE
by Susan Richards
The author recounts rescuing a broken-down horse, which in turn helped rescue her.
13. THE LANGUAGE OF GOD
by Francis Collins
The director of the Human Genome Project argues that faith in God and in science can coexist.