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The New York Times Hardcover best-sellers


1. PORT MORTUARY, by Patricia Cornwell. (Putnam, US$27.95)

A young man's mysterious death causes trouble.

2. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham. (Doubleday, US$28.95)

A criminal tries to save an innocent man.

3. CROSS FIRE, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown, US$27.99)

Alex Cross investigates an assassination.

4. FULL DARK, NO STARS, by Stephen King. (Scribner, US$27.99)

Four long stories with grisly human behavior.

5. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST, by Stieg Larsson. (Knopf, US$27.95)

The third volume of the Swedish crime trilogy.

6. HELL'S CORNER, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central, US$27.99)

Oliver Stone's hunt for White House bombers.

7. FALL OF GIANTS, by Ken Follett. (Dutton, US$36)

Five families are caught in the upheavals of World War I and the Russian Revolution.

8. CRESCENT DAWN, by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. (Putnam, US$27.95)

Linking Roman artifacts and mosque explosions.

9. SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK, by David Sedaris. (Little, Brown, US$21.99)

Stories looking at human nature using animals.

10. SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central, US$25.99)

The arrival of a mysterious woman in a small town raises questions about her past.


1. DECISION POINTS, by George W. Bush. (Crown, US$35)

Memoir discussing the former US president's personal life, as well as 9/11, Iraq and Katrina.

2. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOL. 1, by Mark Twain. (University of California, US$34.95)

Pointedly political, Twain plays angry prophet.

3. UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House, US$27)

An Olympic runner's story of survival.

4. LIFE, by Keith Richards with James Fox. (Little, Brown, US$29.99)

Autobiography of The Rolling Stones guitarist.

5. AMERICA BY HEART, by Sarah Palin. (Harper/HarperCollins, US$25.99)

A reflection on family, faith and patriotism.

6. DECODED, by Jay-Z. (Spiegel & Grau, US$35)

The rap star leads a narrative journey through his lyrics and his life.

7. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others. (Grand Central, US$27.99)

A visitor's guide to the human race.

8. BROKE, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe. (Threshold/Mercury Radio Arts, US$29.99)

A fix for the country's financial woes.

9. I REMEMBER NOTHING, by Nora Ephron. (Knopf, US$22.95)

Reflections on age and memory.

10. CLEOPATRA, by Stacy Schiff. (Little, Brown, US$29.99)

A biography of the last queen of ancient Egypt.


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