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Published: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 30, 2002 at 9:30 p.m.

FICTION

1CHESAPEAKE BLUE, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam, $25.95.) A prominent painter returns from Europe to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where his new love life and home are threatened by a blackmailer.

2SKIPPING CHRISTMAS, by John Grisham. (Doubleday, $14.95.) A husband and wife discover that their decision to forgo Christmas comes with consequences.

3ANSWERED PRAYERS, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte, $26.95.) A sophisticated New Yorker who has applied to law school against her husband's wishes finds the possibility of true love with a childhood friend.

4THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN, by David Baldacci. (Warner, $19.95.) A disillusioned journalist goes on a journey of self-discovery during the holidays.

5VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS, Janet Evanovich. (St. Martin's, $19.95.) A Christmas story featuring the New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.

6THE LOVELY BONES, by Alice Sebold. (Little, Brown, $21.95.) A 14-year-old girl looks down from heaven as she describes what happens in the aftermath of her kidnapping and murder.

7REVERSIBLE ERRORS, by Scott Turow. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28.) A corporate lawyer agrees to represent a man who is on death row for having committed a triple murder in Kindle County in 1991.

8QUENTINS, by Maeve Binchy. (Dutton, $25.95.) An Irishwoman wants to make a documentary about the history of a Dublin restaurant.

9Q IS FOR QUARRY, by Sue Grafton. (Marian Wood/Putnam, $26.95.) Kinsey Millhone joins forces with two homicide detectives who are trying to solve a mystery that dates back to 1969.

10THE LAST PROMISE, by Richard Paul Evans. (Dutton, $22.95.) An American woman who moves to Tuscany with her husband must choose between her love for her child and her love for another man.

NONFICTION

1PORTRAIT OF A KILLER, by Patricia Cornwell. (Putnam, $27.95.) The crime novelist presents evidence that the artist Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper.

2LEADERSHIP, by Rudolph W. Giuliani with Ken Kurson. (Miramax/Hyperion, $25.95.) The former mayor of New York discusses what it takes to be a leader and addresses subjects like the crime rate and Sept. 11.

3WHO SAYS ELEPHANTS CAN'T DANCE, by Louis V. Gerstner Jr. (HarperBusiness, $27.95.) A former chief executive officer of IBM recounts the company's renaissance.

4A LONG WAY FROM HOME, by Tom Brokaw. (Random House, $24.95.) The NBC News anchor recalls growing up in South Dakota in the 1940s and '50s.

5JOURNALS, by Kurt Cobain. (Riverhead, $29.95.) A selection of drawings, lyrics and other writings by the lead singer of Nirvana, who committed suicide in 1994.

6MY LOSING SEASON, by Pat Conroy. (Nan A. Talese/ Doubleday, $27.95.) The novelist remembers his last year playing basketball, as a point guard for the Citadel in 1966-67.

7SANDY KOUFAX, by Jane Leavy. (HarperCollins, $23.95.) A biography of the great pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

8THE CONQUERORS, by Michael Beschloss. (Simon & Schuster, $26.95.) How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman worked to ensure the destruction of Hitler's Germany.

9LIVE FROM NEW YORK, by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller. (Little, Brown, $25.95.) An oral history of "Saturday Night Live."

10I MAY BE WRONG BUT I DOUBT IT, by Charles Barkley. Edited by Michael Wilbon. (Random House, $22.95.) Observations by the former NBA star and current commentator.

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