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Published Oct. 9, 2005

The top-selling books of the week as compiled by the New York Times.


1. The Bridges of Madison County (Robert James Waller) The story of a photographer and a lonely farmer's wife in Iowa.

2. Pleading Guilty (Scott Turow) A lawyer in pursuit of his firm's missing partner and a multimillion-dollar fund.

3. The Scorpio Illusion (Robert Ludlum) A former naval officer tracks down a terrorist conspiracy headed by a vengeful woman.

4. The Client (John Grisham) A deadly secret, revealed by a lawyer just before he commits suicide, presents serious problems for an 11-year-old boy.

5. Like Water for Chocolate (Laura Esquivel) Frustration, love, hope _ and recipes _ sampled by a woman coming of age on a Mexican ranch.

6. I'll Be Seeing You (Mary Higgins Clark) A television news reporter has mystifying experiences when she covers a story in a hospital.

7. Oh, The Places You'll Go! (Dr. Seuss) The problems of finding your way through life told in verse and pictures.

8. Gai-Jin (James Clavell) Cordial relationships and terrorism between the Japanese and foreigners in Yokohama in 1862.

9. The Last Command (Timothy Zahn) The final volume of a "Star Wars" trilogy.

10. A Season in Purgatory (Dominick Dunne) The social and political machinations of a wealthy Irish Catholic family.


1. Women Who Run With the Wolves (Clarissa Pinkola Estes) A Jungian analyst reinterprets myths and folk tales to enable women to understand their psyches.

2. The Way Things Ought To Be (Rush Limbaugh) Anecdotes and opinions offered by the talk show host.

3. The Real Anita Hill (David Brock) A journalist's account of the relationship between the law professor and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

4. Healing and the Mind (Bill Moyers) Conversations about the relationship of sickness to thoughts and emotions.

5. Thinking Out Loud (Anna Quindlen) Essays on current topics by the New York Times columnist.

6. Embraced by the Light (Betty J. Eadie with Curtis Taylor) The experiences of a woman who came close to death but survived.

7. Care of the Soul (Thomas Moore) A psychotherapist discusses spirituality and everyday life.

8. Secret Ceremonies (Deborah Laake) The unhappy marriages of a woman raised as a Mormon.

9. Culture of Complaint (Robert Hughes) Essays critical of current cultural and political trends in America.

10. Operating Instructions (Anne Lamott) A novelist recalls her first year as a single parent.