1. Archive


Hardback bestsellers for the week ended Feb. 9, according to the New York Times.


1 The Appeal (John Grisham) Intrigue ensues when a court decides against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste.

2 7th Heaven (James Patterson and Maxine Paetro) A detective and the Women's Murder Club hunt for an arsonist and a missing teen.

3 Duma Key (Stephen King) A contractor who is recovering from an injury begins to create paintings with mysterious power.

4 Stranger in Paradise (Robert B. Parker) A police chief must protect a hit man's intended victim.

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 TV-talk show host's solutions to problems including global warming.

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 I Am America (And So Can You!) Wit and wisdom fromComedy Central's mock pundit.

5 Tom Cruise (Andrew Morton) An unauthorized biography of the movie star.

Advice, how-to, miscellaneous

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

2 You: Staying Young (Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz et al) Combat aging's effects.

3 One Month to Live (Kerry and Chris Shook) Living the way God intended.

4 Become a Better You (Joel Osteen) Seven keys to living with joy.

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