Sun, Sep 09, 2007 - Page 18 News List

New York Times bestsellers

NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE

FICTION

1. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

by Sara Gruen

Algonquin

A young man and an elephant save a Depression-era circus.

2. THE KITE RUNNER

by Khaled Hosseini

Riverhead

An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a childhood friend has fared under the Taliban.

3. THE MEMORY KEEPER'S

DAUGHTER

by Kim Edwards

Penguin

A doctor's decision to secretly send his newborn daughter, who has Down syndrome, to an institution, haunts everyone involved.

4. THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN

by Claire Messud.

Vintage

Privileged 30-somethings try to make their way in literary New York just before Sept. 11.

5. ECHO PARK

by Michael Connelly

Grand Central

The Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch returns to an old unsolved case, with unexpected results.

6. DEAR JOHN

by Nicholas Sparks

Warner

An unlikely romance between a soldier and an idealistic young woman is tested in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

7. ALMOST DEAD

by Lisa Jackson

Zebra

A San Francisco woman must outmaneuver a killer who is taking revenge on her family.

8. MIDDLESEX

by Jeffrey Eugenides

Picador

An epic story about three generations of Greek-Americans told by a hermaphrodite.

9. RICOCHET

by Sandra Brown

Pocket

A detective is attracted to a judge's wife who he suspects is not telling the truth about a fatal shooting.

10. THE ALCHEMIST

by Paulo Coelho

HarperSanFrancisco

A tale about the lessons a Spanish shepherd boy learns during his travels to Egypt in search of treasure.

11. THE ROAD

by Cormac McCarthy

Vintage

A father and son travel in post-apocalypse America.

12. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

by Robert Ludlum

Bantam

A reissue of the action-packed thriller.

13. THE RUINS

by Scott Smith

Vintage

Two young American couples on vacation in the Yucatan confront a horrible menace.

NONFICTION

1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Penguin Books

A writer's yearlong journey in search of self takes her to Italy, India and Indonesia.

2. 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN

by Don Piper With

Cecil Murphey

Revell

A minister on the otherworldly experience he had after an accident.

3. THE GLASS CASTLE

by Jeannette Walls

Scribner

The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were constantly moved from one bleak place to another.

4. THE WORLD IS FLAT

by Thomas L. Friedman

Picador

An updated edition of the New York Times columnist's analysis of 21st-century economics and foreign policy.

5. NIGHT

by Elie Wiesel

Hill & Wang

The horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

6. THREE CUPS OF TEA

by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Penguin

A former climber builds schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

7. BLINK

by Malcolm Gladwell

Back Bay/Little Brown

The author of The Tipping Point explores the importance of instinct to the workings of the mind.

8. THE TIPPING POINT

by Malcolm Gladwell

Back Bay/Little, Brown

A journalist's study of social epidemics, otherwise known as fads.

9. INTO THE WILD

by Jon Krakauer

Anchor

How a young man's obsession with the wilderness had a tragic end.

10. THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE

CITY

by Erik Larson

Vintage

The tale of an architect and a serial killer, linked by the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.

11. GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL

by Jared Diamond

Norton

An argument that Western dominance is due to geographical advantages.

12. CHOSEN BY A HORSE

by Susan Richards

Harcourt

The author recounts rescuing a broken-down horse, which in turn helped rescue her.

13. MAYFLOWER

by Nathaniel Philbrick

Penguin

How America began, from

the author of In the Heart

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