Hardback bestsellers for the week ending Dec. 18, according to the New York Times:
1. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom) An old man who died while trying to rescue a little girl from danger discovers that all will be explained to him in the afterlife.
2. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) Illustrated edition. The murder of a curator at the Louvre leads to a trail of clues found in the work of Leonardo and to the discovery of a centuries-old secret society.
3. State of Fear (Michael Crichton) Reverse ecoterrorists create natural disasters to convince the public that global warming is real.
4. A Salty Piece of Land (Jimmy Buffett) A cowboy's life is changed forever when he meets a 101-year-old woman who hires him to be a lighthouse keeper in the southern Bahamas.
5. Black Wind (Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler) Dirk Pitt and his children confront a villain who has acquired biotoxins from World War II.
6. London Bridges (James Patterson) The FBI agent Alex Cross contends with two deadly enemies: the supercriminal known as the Wolf and the assassin known as the Weasel.
7. Night Fall (Nelson DeMille) A husband and wife who work for an antiterrorism task force reopen the investigation into the crash of TWA Flight 800 over the Atlantic, off Long Island, N.Y., in 1996.
8. Life Expectancy (Dean Koontz) A pastry chef must struggle all his life against a family of evil madmen.
9. Whiteout (Ken Follett) In the middle of a Christmas Eve blizzard in Scotland, a canister filled with a deadly virus is missing.
10. I am Charlotte Simmons (Tom Wolfe) A very smart, very innocent freshman from the Blue Ridge Mountains is amazed by what she finds at a prestigious university.
1. America (The Book) (Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum) The Daily Show offers a lavishly illustrated parody of a civics textbook.
2. Chronicles: Volume One (Bob Dylan) Recollections and observations from the singer/songwriter.
3. Faithful (Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King) Two novelists _ and die-hard Boston Red Sox fans _ chronicle the 2004 championship season, from spring training to the World Series.
4. His Excellency (Joseph J. Ellis) A biography of George Washington, by the author of Founding Brothers.
5. When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (George Carlin) Another volume of observations and opinions from the stand-up comedian.
6. Eats, Shoots & Leaves (Lynne Truss) An Englishwoman expounds on the use and misuse of punctuation marks.
7. The Games Do Count (Brian Kilmeade) Celebrities and politicians discuss how sports changed their lives.
8. Sharing Good Times (Jimmy Carter) The 39th president recalls experiences both challenging and enjoyable.
9. How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must) (Ann Coulter) A collection of the columnist's writings about what's wrong with liberals.
10. My Life (Bill Clinton) From Hope, Ark., to the White House: the autobiography of the 42nd president.