1. LOVE IN THE TIME OF
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. HALO: CONTACT HARVEST
by Joseph Staten
Tom Doherty Associates
A squad of marines and militia trainees is called to save a farming colony threatened by an aggressive alien empire.
4. THE KITE RUNNER
by Khaled Hosseini
An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a childhood friend has fared under the Taliban.
5. 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.
6. THE THIRTEENTH TALE
by Diane Setterfield
A biographer struggles to discover the truth about an aging writer who has mythologized her past.
7. SUITE FRANCAISE
by Irene Nemirovsky
Two novellas about life in France under the Nazis.
8. WORLD WAR Z
by Max Brooks
An "oral history" of an imagined zombie war that nearly destroys civilization.
9. WHAT IS THE WHAT
by Dave Eggers
The fictionalized autobiography of one of Sudan's "Lost Boys," refugees from its civil war.
10. THE ROAD
by Cormac McCarthy
A father and son travel in post-apocalypse America.
11. THE ALCHEMIST
by Paulo Coelho
A tale about the lessons a Spanish shepherd boy learns during his travels to Egypt.
12. THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN
by Claire Messud
Privileged 30-somethings try to make their way in literary New York just before Sept. 11.
13. THE GATHERING
by Anne Enright
Black Cat/ Grove
A middle-aged woman struggles to come to terms with the suicide of her brother.
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. THREE CUPS OF TEA
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
A former climber builds schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
4. 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN
by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey
A minister on the otherworldly experience he had after an accident.
5. THE GLASS CASTLE
by Jeannette Walls
The author recalls a bizarre childhood.
6. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
by Mitch Albom
The author tells of his visits to his old college mentor.
7. THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA
By Michael Pollan
A journalist juggles appetite and conscience.
8. THE WORLD IS FLAT
by Thomas Friedman
An updated edition of the New York Times columnist's analysis of 21st-century economics and foreign policy.
>9. 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.
by Malcolm Gladwell
Back Bay/Little Brown
The author of The Tipping Point explores the importance of instinct to the workings of the mind.
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.
13. CULTURE WARRIOR
by Bill O'Reilly
The host of The O'Reilly Factor describes a culture war between traditionalists and secular progressives.