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Bestsellers

Hardback bestsellers for the week ended Nov. 18, according to the New York Times.

Fiction

1 Cross (James Patterson) Alex Cross, retired from the FBI, has a chance to track a rapist who may have murdered his wife.

2 For One More Day (Mitch Albom) A troubled man gets a last chance to reconnect and restore his relationship with his dead mother.

3 Dear John (Nicholas Sparks) An unlikely romance between a solider and an idealistic young woman is tested in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

4 Nature Girl (Carl Hiassen) A single mother takes revenge on her lecherous ex-boss and an annoying telemarketer in the Florida Keys.

5 Wild Fire (Nelson DeMille) Detective John Corey and his wife, an FBI agent, help to foil a nuclear plot against the United States.

Nonfiction

1 The Audacity of Hope (Barack Obama) The Illinois junior senator proposes that Americans move beyond their political divisions.

2 The Innocent Man (John Grisham) Grisham's first nonfiction book concerns a man sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.

3 Culture Warrior (Bill O'Reilly) The host of The O'Reilly Factor describes a culture war between traditionalists and secular-progressives.

4 The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins) An Oxford scientist asserts that belief in God is irrational and that religion has done great harm in the world.

5 Marley & Me (John Grogan) A newspaper columnist and his wife learn some life lessons from their neurotic dog.

Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous

1 You: On a Diet (Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz, et al.) Tips on losing weight, from the authors of You: The Owner's Manual.

2 Barefoot Contessa at Home (Ina Garten) Dishes the cooking show host makes for friends and family.

3 Guinness World Records 2007 An illustrated collection of records about subjects as various as sports and technology.

4 Homekeeping Handbook (Martha Stewart) Your house, inside and out.

5 Paula Deen Celebrates! (Paula Deen with Martha Nesbit) Recipes for many occasions.

Children's picture books

1 Our 50 States (Lynne Cheney) A family adventure across America. (All ages)

2 Fancy Nancy (Jane O'Connor) A glamor girl dresses her family up and takes them out on the town. (Ages 4 to 7)

3 Merry Christmas, Curious George (Cathy Hapka) George decorates the tree at a children's hospital. (Ages 4 to 8)

4 Owen and Mzee (Isabella and Craig Hatkoff ) A baby hippo and a 130-year-old tortoise become friends. (Ages 4 to 8)

5 Snowmen at Christmas (Caralyn Buehner) With everybody asleep, the snowmen celebrate. (Ages 4 and older)

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