1. LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Colombian poet's love for a woman is tested.
2. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
by Sara Gruen
A young man and an elephant save a Depression-era circus.
3. THE KITE RUNNER
by Khaled Hosseini
An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a childhood friend has fared under the Taliban.
4. 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.
5. THE THIRTEENTH TALE
by Diane Setterfield
A biographer struggles to discover the truth about an aging writer who has mythologized her past.
by Jeffrey Eugenides
An epic story about three generations of Greek-Americans, told by a hermaphrodite.
7. WHAT IS THE WHAT
by Dave Eggers
The fictionalized autobiography of one of Sudan's "Lost Boys," refugees from its civil war.
8. THE PARTING
by Beverly Lewis
A rift in an Amish community threatens to keep a courting couple apart.
9. SUITE FRANCAISE
by Irene Nemirovsky
Two novellas, which came to light more than 50 years after the author died at Auschwitz, about life in France under the Nazis.
10. WORLD WAR Z
by Max Brooks
An "oral history" of an imagined Zombie War that nearly destroys civilization.
11. THE ALCHEMIST
by Paulo Coelho
A tale about the lessons a shepherd boy learns during his travels to Egypt in search of treasure.
12. DEAR JOHN
by Nicholas Sparks
An unlikely romance between a soldier and an idealistic young woman is tested in the aftermath of Sept. 11.
1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE
by Elizabeth Gilbert
A writer's yearlong journey in search of self takes her to Italy, India and Indonesia.
2. INTO THE WILD
by Jon Krakauer
How a young man's obsession with the wilderness had a tragic end.
3. 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN
by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey
A minister on the otherworldly experience he had after an accident.
4. THREE CUPS OF TEA
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
A former climber builds schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
5. THE GLASS CASTLE
by Jeannette Walls
The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were constantly moved from one place to another.
6. CULTURE WARRIOR
by Bill O'Reilly
The host of The O'Reilly Factor describes a culture war between traditionalists and secular progressives.
7. THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA
by Michael Pollan
Tracking dinner from the soil to the plate, a journalist juggles appetite and conscience.
by Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay/Little Brown
The author of The Tipping Point explores the importance of instinct to the mind.
9. THE WORLD IS FLAT
by Thomas Friedman
An updated edition of the columnist's analysis of 21st-century economics and foreign policy.
10. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID
by Bill Bryson
The author, who as a child in Iowa dreamed he was a superhero, uses this persona to bring to life 1950s Des Moines.
11. THE TIPPING POINT
by Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay/Little, Brown
A journalist's study of social epidemics, otherwise known as fads.
by Erik Larson
Intertwined stories of early-20th-century murder and scientific intrigue.