1 South of Broad (Pat Conroy) An unlikely group's friendship from the '60s to the '80s.
2 The White Queen (Philippa Gregory) Palace intrigue during the War of the Roses.
3 Dreamfever (Karen Marie Moning) A woman under an erotic spell.
4 The Help (Kathryn Stockett) A white woman and two black maids in Mississippi.
5 That Old Cape Magic (Richard Russo) A long-married couple face dissatisfactions.
* * *
1 Culture of Corruption (Michelle Malkin) President Barack Obama and his cronies.
2 In the President's Secret Service (Ronald Kessler) Agents and those they protect.
3 Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell) Why some people succeed - luck and opportunity.
4 Born to Run (Christopher McDougall) Secrets from a Mexican Indian tribe.
5 Liberty and Tyranny (Mark R. Levin) A conservative manifesto from a talk show host.
* * *
Advice, how-to, miscellaneous
1 Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 (Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle) The book that launched Julia Child.
2 Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook (Liz Vaccariello with Cynthia Sass) Companion recipes.
3 Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (Steve Harvey with Denene Millner) Relationship tips from the comedian and radio show host.
4 The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow) On "seizing every moment."
5 Flat Belly Diet! (Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass) Nutrition advice and workout tips.