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The following are last week's bestsellers according to the New York Times.


1. The Kiss (Danielle Steel) The wife of a coldhearted Parisian banker conducts a long-distance platonic relationship with a Washington power broker who is also trapped in an empty marriage.

2. Isle of Dogs (Patricia Cornwell) When the governor of Virginia installs speed traps on all streets and highways, an island in Chesapeake Bay declares war on its own state.

3. Midnight Bayou (Nora Roberts) A Boston lawyer abandons his practice and moves to the outskirts of New Orleans, where the house he is renovating seems to hold terrible secrets.

4. The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen) A multigenerational saga in which a mother tries go bring her dysfunctional family together for a final Christmas at home.

5. Blood and Gold (Anne Rice) Continuing The Vampire Chronicles: Marius returns as the embittered protector of Enkil and Akasha, the king and queen of the vampires.

6. A Bend in the Road (Nicholas Sparks) A widower and his son's second-grade teacher discover that they are linked by a shocking secret.

7. Black House (Stephen King and Peter Straub) After a retired homicide detective living in Wisconsin tries to help the police solve brutal murders, he winds up in a parallel universe.

8. The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (chosen by Caroline Kennedy) The former first lady's favorite poems.

9. The Mitford Snowmen (Jan Karon) A Christmas story by the author of the Mitford Years books.

10. Journey Through Heartsongs (Mattie J.T. Stepanek) A collection of poems by an 11-year-old boy who suffers from muscular dystrophy.


1. The No Spin Zone (Bill O'Reilly) More political opinions from the host of the cable news program The O'Reilly Factor.

2. The Final Days (Barbara Olson) The conservative commentator, who died aboard a hijacked jetliner on Sept. 11, discusses "the last, desperate abuses of power" in the Clinton White House.

3. Jack: Straight From the Gut (Jack Welch with John A. Byrne) The recently retired chairman and chief executive of General Electric tells his story as well as GE's.

4. Germs (Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg and William Broad) A report on biological weapons and the United States' response to them.

5. John Adams (David McCullough) A biography of the United States' first vice president and second president.

6. Crossing Over (John Edward) A "psychic television host" discusses his work and recounts conversations with those who crossed the bar.

7. Islam (Karen Armstrong) A history of the Islamic faith by the author of The Battle for God and Buddha.

8. Good to Great (Jim Collins) Why some companies thrive and others do not.

9. War in a Time of Peace (David Halberstam) From Bosnia to Somalia to Kosovo: The dynamics of American foreign policy in the 1990s.

10. Fire (Sebastian Junger) A collection of pieces about firefighters and other people who confront "situations that could easily destroy them," by the author of The Perfect Storm.

Advice, how-to and miscellaneous

1. How I Play Golf (Tiger Woods with the editors of Golf Digest) The world's best golfer analyzes his own game.

2. The Prayer of Jabez (Bruce H. Wilkinson) Spiritual counsel centering on one prayer.

3. Back to the Table (Art Smith) Oprah Winfrey's personal chef offers more than 150 recipes for family meals.

4. Guinness World Records 2002 A profusely illustrated collection of records about subjects as various as sports and technology.

5. Secrets of the Vine (Bruce Wilkinson with David Kopp) Spiritual counsel centering on Jesus' words in John 15.

Paperback books


1. Roses Are Red (James Patterson) Detective Alex Cross pursues a diabolical bank robber known as the Mastermind.

2. Journey (Danielle Steel) A television anchorwoman in Washington begins to question her marriage to a powerful man.

3. The Prometheus Deception (Robert Ludlum) The CIA recruits a former deep-cover operative to infiltrate a secret intelligence group known as the Directorate.

4. The Devil's Code (John Sandford) A computer genius named Kidd probes the death of a colleague.

5. Deck the Halls (Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark) A private detective's father is kidnapped three days before Christmas.

6. Prodigal Summer (Barbara Kingsolver) The lives of men and women, flora and fauna, in the mountains of Southern Appalachia.

7. Blue Gold (Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos) Kurt Austin tries to thwart a California tycoon's plan to control the world's freshwater supply.

8. Hearts in Atlantis (Stephen King) Five long, interconnected stories about an America haunted by the Vietnam War.

9. Ghost Moon (Karen Robards) After nine years, a woman returns to a Lousiana estate to learn the truth about her mother's mysterious death.

10. Impulse (Catherine Coulter) The search of a vengeful woman to find her father, who wronged her mother, brings romantic adventures.


1. Taliban (Ahmed Rashid) An account of the radical Islamic organization that took control of most of Afghanistan in the 1990s.

2. Band of Brothers (Stephen E. Ambrose) The exploits of an elite U.S. Army rifle company during World War II.

3. Bin Laden (Yossef Bodansky) A biography of the man who founded the terrorist network al-Qaida.

4. Black Hawk Down (Mark Bowden) The bloody battle between U.S. forces and Somali street fighters in Mogadishu in 1993.

5. Personal History (Katharine Graham) The autobiography of the former publisher of the Washington Post, who died last month.

6. From Beirut to Jerusalem (Thomas L. Friedman) A journalist's updated account of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

7. Day of Terror (Barbara Shangle) The World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, in pictures and words.

8. Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris) A collection of autobiographical comic essays by the author of Naked.

9. Flags of Our Fathers (James Bradley with Ron Powers) The story of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima, by the son of one of them.

10. It's Not About the Bike (Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins) A memoir by the Tour de France champion and cancer survivor.