1. “A Thousand Splendid Suns”: by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead : $25.95 ) Two Afghan women struggle to survive jihad, civil war and Taliban tyranny.
2. “Stone Cold”: by David Baldacci (Grand Central : $26.99 ) Adventurers try to outmaneuver a swindled casino owner and a mysterious killer.
3. “The Almost Moon”: by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown : $24.99 ) A depressed divorcee kills her mother, then tries to understand what drove her to it.
4. “Double Cross”: by James Patterson (Little, Brown : $27.99 ) Alex Cross is called back to action when a flurry of murders causes terror in Washington, D.C.
5. “Confessor”: by Terry Goodkind (Tor Books : $29.95 ) In this final chapter of the “Chainfire Triology,” Richard Rahl must find his wife and save the world.
6. “Gentlemen of the Road”: by Michael Chabon (Del Rey : $21.95 ) An unlikely pair of travelers ply their skills along the Silk Road in the 10th century.
7. “The Chase”: by Clive Cussler (Putnam : $26.95 ) A detective pursues a bank robber across the West, landing in San Francisco for the 1906 quake.
8. “World Without End”: by Ken Follett (Dutton : $35 ) Four children who witness a murder jockey for power and position as adults in 14th century England.
9. “Protect and Defend”: by Vince Flynn (Atria : $26.95 ) When the CIA director is kidnapped in Iraq, counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp must rescue her.
10. “Book of the Dead”: by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam : $26.95 ) Forensics expert Kay Scarpetta goes to Rome to investigate a tennis champ’s murder.
1. “Boom! Voices of the Sixties”: by Tom Brokaw (Random House : $28.95 ) Reflections on a decade of social change that swept America and its people.
2. “Clapton”: by Eric Clapton (Broadway : $26 ) The guitarist tells all — about the blues, becoming a rock legend, his bouts with addiction and his loves.
3. “The Daring Book for Girls”: by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz (HarperCollins : $24.95 ) A girls’ handbook of skills and must-have knowledge.
4. “You: Staying Young”: by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz (Free Press : $26 ) Doctors explain how the body ages and how to counter those effects.
5. “The Dangerous Book for Boys”: by Conn and Hal Iggulden (HarperCollins : $24.95 ) Learn how to tie knots, find true north and other essential skills.
6. “I Am America (and so Can You!)”: by Stephen Colbert (Grand Central : $26.99 ) “The Colbert Report” star expounds on the forces destroying America.
7. “The Secret”: by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words : $23.95) Life’s secrets distilled from oral tradition, literature, religion and philosophy.
8. “A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years”: by John Richardson (Knopf : $40 ) A look at the artist in his middle years from 1917 to 1932.
9. “The Bigger Picture”: by Diana Walker (National Geographic : $40 ) Thirty years of portraits from the Time magazine photographer.
10. “The Second Civil War”: by Ronald Brownstein (Penguin : $27.95 ) How political partisanship has polarized the nation and paralyzed government.
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