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Hardback bestsellers for the week ended Feb. 2, according to the New York Times.


1 The Appeal (John Grisham) Intrigue ensues when a court decides against a company.

2 Duma Key (Stephen King) A contractor begins to create paintings with mysterious power.

3 Plum Lucky (Janet Evanovich) Stephanie's grandmother finds a bag of cash and goes gambling, pursued by the money's owner.

4 Sizzle and Burn (Jayne Ann Krentz) A member of the Arcane Society helps a woman with psychic powers.

5 A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini) A friendship between two women in Afghanistan against the backdrop of war.


1 In Defense of Food (Michael Pollan) A manifesto urges us to "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

2 An Inconvenient Book (Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe) The conservative TV and talk-radio host offers his solutions to problems.

3 Real Change (Newt Gingrich with Vince Haley and Rick Tyler) How to build a better America, from the former speaker of the House.

4 Tom Cruise (Andrew Morton) An unauthorized biography.

5 I Am America (And So Can You!) The wit and wisdom ofComedy Central's mock pundit.

Advice, how-to, miscellaneous

1 The Secret (Rhonda Byrne) The law of attraction as a key to getting what you want.

2 How Not to Look Old (Charla Krupp) Advice from a former beauty editor.

3 Become a Better You (Joel Osteen) Seven keys to living with joy and peace.

4 You: Staying Young (Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz et al) The principles of longevity and how to combat aging's effects.

5 The Dangerous Book for Boys (Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden) Skipping stones, tying knots and other essential activities.