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*--* 1 The Broker by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) A 1 6 high-roller attorney is pardoned to lead the CIA to a powerful satellite surveillance system and the shadowy agents who want to buy it.

2 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $24.95) A 2 100 Louvre curator’s killing leads to clues hidden in Leonardo’s paintings and a secret society with something to hide.

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3 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 14 6 $23) An aging minister facing death explains his life and religious beliefs in a letter to his young son.

4 The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom 3 73 (Hyperion: $19.95) An amusement-park maintenance man faces his life, death and afterlife in this three-part parable.

5 State of Fear by Michael Crichton (HarperCollins: 5 10 $27.95) A globe-trotting thriller involving nefarious environmentalists and manufactured threats of global warming.

6 I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe (Farrar, Straus & 9 14 Giroux: $28.95) A North Carolina ingenue tries to fit in with an elite university’s beautiful-people-in-training.

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7 The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (Houghton 8 21 Mifflin: $26) Charles Lindbergh becomes president in 1940, setting the country on a course of isolationism and nationwide pogroms.

8 Snobs by Julian Fellowes (St. Martin’s Press: $23.95) 7 2 The “Gosford Park” screenwriter weaves a comedy of manners in the 1990s London of social climbers and aristocratic snobs.

9 Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (Knopf: $25.95) A 12 4 Tokyo teen who calls himself Kafka runs away because of Oedipal fears, and an elderly man embarks on a metaphysical quest.

10 Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House: $21.95) An -- 2 Indiana teen on a scholarship tries to overcome her outsider status at a prestigious Boston prep school.

11 The Da Vinci Code Special Illustrated Edition by Dan 10 13 Brown (Doubleday: $35) The blockbuster thriller, complete with images of the artwork, symbols and sites in the text.

12 Pearl by Mary Gordon (Pantheon: $24.95) A New York City -- 1 woman tries to save her daughter who has gone on a hunger strike and chained herself to a flagpole outside the American Embassy in Dublin.

13 Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb (Putnam: $23.95) NYPD Lt. 6 2 Eve Dallas investigates the massacre of an Upper West Side lawyer and his family while protecting a 10-year-old eyewitness.

14 Life Studies by Susan Vreeland (Viking: $24.95) Ordinary -- 1 people encounter the extraordinary in the form of artists such as Renoir and Van Gogh in this collection of stories.

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15 The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Penguin: 13 13 $24.95) In postwar Barcelona, the son of a bookstore owner tries to unearth the story of a long-dead novelist.

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*--* 1 French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano (Knopf: 3 6 $22) The chief executive of the French wine conglomerate Clicquot Inc. reveals the French secret of eating for pleasure without the bulge.

2 Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $25.95) 1 5 Gladwell explores why decisions are so often made in an instant and whether we can really trust those first instincts.

3 Collapse by Jared Diamond (Viking: $29.95) Diamond 2 7 examines why great societies such as the Anasazi and the Maya collapsed and what modern society can do to prevent future die-offs.

4 DisneyWar by James B. Stewart (Simon & Schuster: $29.95) -- 1 A look inside the personality conflicts that raged inside the media giant, making it anything but the happiest place on Earth.

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5 The Grand Slam by Mark Frost (Hyperion: $30) How golfing -- 4 legend Bobby Jones trounced the competition in 1930 to win the Grand Slam and then shocked his fans by exiting the public stage.

6 He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz 4 22 Tuccillo (Simon Spotlight Entertainment: $19.95) The no-excuses guide to help women understand guys and get on with their lives.

7 Chronicles, Volume One by Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster: 6 20 $24) The songwriter reflects on the influences that helped shape him and his struggle to rediscover his creativity.

8 Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen (Warner Faith: $19.99) 5 15 Seven steps to improving your life by using faith to develop self-esteem, let go of the past and fulfill your potential.

9 Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton: -- 11 $26.95) How an uneducated lad from the English countryside became William Shakespeare, poet, playwright and a favorite of the queen.

10 Ella in Europe by Michael Konik (Delacorte Press: $20) 15 2 The adventures of Ella Guinevere Konik, a Labrador-greyhound mix, and her doting human in the capitals of Europe.

11 The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan: 10 99 $19.99) How the “God-ordained” principles of worship, community, discipleship, ministry and evangelism bring fulfillment.

12 Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin with Catherine 11 2 Johnson (Scribner: $19.99) An animal behavior expert uses her autism experiences to explain how animals perceive the world.

13 His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis -- 8 (Knopf: $26.95) A portrait of the most imposing Founding Father, who held a young nation together through its rocky beginnings.

14 Juiced by Jose Canseco (ReganBooks: $25.95) The former -- 1 major league star details why he used steroids and names others who he alleges took them as well.

15 The Last Season by Phil Jackson (Penguin: $24.95) The -- 15 former Laker coach recounts last year’s turbulent season, in which egos ruled the court and a star-studded team stumbled.

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