Hardback bestsellers for the week ended Nov. 25, according to the New York Times.
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 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 The Shape Shifter (Tony Hillerman) Lt. Joe Leaphorn, a tribal detective, tracks down an antique Navajo rug with a complicated history.
5 Nature Girl (Carl Hiassen) A single mother takes revenge on her lecherous ex-boss and an annoying telemarketer.
1 The Innocent Man (John Grisham) Grisham's first nonfiction book concerns a man sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.
2 The Audacity of Hope (Barack Obama) The Illinois junior senator proposes that Americans move beyond their political divisions.
3 Culture Warrior (Bill O'Reilly) The host of The O'Reilly Factor describes a culture war between traditionalists and secular-progressives.
4 Marley & Me (John Grogan) A newspaper columnist and his wife learn some life lessons from their neurotic dog.
5 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.
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 Joy of Cooking (Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker) Marking 75 years of Joy.
4 Guinness World Records 2007. An illustrated collection of records about subjects as various as sports and tech-nology.
5 Paula Deen Celebrates! (Paula Deen with Martha Nesbit) Recipes for many occasions.
Children's picture books
For the week ended Nov. 18, according to the New York Times.
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 with Paula Kahumbu) 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 up)