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

Hardback fiction

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) The murder of a curator at the Louvre leads to a trail of clues found in the works of Leonardo and to the discovery of a centuries-old secret society.

2. The Lake House (James Patterson) Six children living in the Rocky Mountains are forced to flee a dangerous, evil force.

3. White Death (Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos) While trying to rescue a ship full of trapped men, Kurt Austin and a colleague uncover a sinister plan to control the world's oceans.

4. The Devil Wears Prada (Lauren Weisberger) A young woman gets a job at a fashion magazine, along with the boss from hell.

5. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) A 14-year-old girl looks down from heaven as she describes what happens in the aftermath of her kidnapping and murder.

6. The Face (Dean Koontz) A police officer-turned-security chief must protect a handsome Hollywood star whose life has been threatened by a mysterious killer.

7. Die In Plain Sight (Elizabeth Lowell) After inheriting a set of landscapes painted by her enigmatic grandfather, a woman discovers that they contain clues to a series of unexplained murders.

8. The Guardian (Nicholas Sparks) While trying to choose between two suitors, a young widow realizes that her life is in danger.

9. The King of Torts (John Grisham) A public defender in Washington happens upon a frightening conspiracy.

10. The Dogs of Babel (Carolyn Parkhurst) A linguist tries to unravel the mystery of his wife's death by communicating with the only witness to it, their dog.

Hardback nonfiction

1. Living History (Hillary Rodham Clinton) A memoir by the junior senator from New York and former first lady.

2. A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson) From the Big Bang to the 21st century: a guided tour of the sciences and what they tell us about the physical world.

3. Moneyball (Michael Lewis) How Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, produces a successful team despite having one of the smallest payrolls in baseball.

4. Beyond Belief (Elaine Pagels) The author of The Gnostic Gospels examines early Christianity through the Gospel of Thomas.

5. An Unfinished Life (Robert Dallek) A biography of John F. Kennedy by a professor of history at Boston University.

6. Who's Your Caddy? (Rick Reilly) A sportswriter recounts his experiences caddying for Jack Nicklaus, David Duval and others.

7. The Teammates (David Halberstam) The story of a friendship among four men who played for the Boston Red Sox in the 1940s.

8. Open (John Feinstein) The author of A Good Walk Spoiled reports on the 2002 U.S. Open.

9. Dereliction of Duty (Robert "Buzz" Patterson) A retired Air Force colonel who served in the White House contends that Bill Clinton "compromised America's national security."

10. Charlie Wilson's War (George Crile) A chronicle, by a veteran producer for 60 Minutes, of a congressman's efforts in the 1980s to steer billions to the anti-Soviet side in Afghanistan.

Paperback fiction

1. East of Eden (John Steinbeck) A reworking of the story of Cain and Abel, Steinbeck's classic novel, first published in 1952, recounts the brutal dissolution of a California family.

2. The Beach House (James Patterson and Peter de Jonge) After his brother drowns, a law student seeks revenge on the powerful people who he thinks are responsible.

3. Trading Places (Fern Michaels) Twin sisters _ one an Atlanta police detective, the other a Las Vegas gambler _ switch identities.

4. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) In South Carolina in 1964, a teenage girl tries to discover the secret to her mother's past.

5. Sunset in St. Tropez (Danielle Steel) Surprises await a group of friends who decide to spend August on the Riviera.

6. Hard Eight (Janet Evanovich) Stephanie Plum takes time out from bounty hunting to search for a 7-year-old New Jersey girl who has been abducted.

7. When the Wind Blows (James Patterson) A girl helps a widow and an FBI agent uncover a deadly plot.

8. Fire Ice (Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos) Claiming to be a descendant of the Romanovs, a mining tycoon tries to overthrow the Russian government.

9. Engaging the Enemy (Nora Roberts) Two novels about women who are irresistibly drawn to men they would prefer to reject.

10. Always a Thief (Kay Hooper) When his life is threatened by a fellow thief, a cat burglar enlists the aid of a woman who works at a museum in San Francisco.

Paperback nonfiction

1. Seabiscuit (Laura Hillenbrand) A biography of the great horse whose career culminated in a 1938 match race with the Triple Crown winner War Admiral.

2. Fast Food Nation (Eric Schlosser) A survey of "the dark side of the all-American meal."

3. Running with Scissors (Augusten Burroughs) A memoir about a psychiatrist who went crazy while a boy (the author) was in his care.

4. Lucky (Alice Sebold) A memoir by the author of The Lovely Bones in which she recounts being raped.

5. Small Wonder (Barbara Kingsolver) A collection of essays by the novelist, poet and short-story writer.

6. A Child called "It" (Dave Pelzer) The autobiography of a man who survived his mother's abuse.

7. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) The author tells of his visits to his old college mentor, who was near death.

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

9. The Lost Boy (Dave Pelzer) The author of A Child Called "It' recalls his life in foster homes.

10. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (Greg Palast) A collection of articles by an investigative reporter.