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Published: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 12:15 a.m.

FICTION

1 THE 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.

2 FOUR BLIND MICE, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown, $27.95.) Detective Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, try to prove that one of Sampson's oldest friends has been framed for murder.

3 PREY, by Michael Crichton. (HarperCollins, $26.95.) In the Nevada desert, a team of scientists tries to undo an experiment involving nanoparticles - molecule- sized robots - that has gone disastrously wrong.

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

5 BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, by Dean Koontz. (Bantam, $26.95.) A young man who has been injected with a mysterious substance finds himself drawn to crime scenes immediately before the crimes occur.

6 HORNET FLIGHT, by Ken Follett. (Dutton, $26.95.) In 1941, as the Luftwaffe is shooting down RAF bombers, a young Dane stumbles upon a German installation whose secrets he must try to convey to England.

7 RED RABBIT, by Tom Clancy. (Putnam, $28.95.) In the early 1980s, when he is a CIA novice, Jack Ryan acts to thwart a Soviet plot against the pope.

8 ANSWERED 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.

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

10 FROM A BUICK 8, by Stephen King. (Scribner, $28.) An abandoned 1954 Buick Roadmaster turns out to be a conduit to another, evil dimension.

NONFICTION

1 BUSH AT WAR, by Bob Woodward. (Simon & Schuster, $28.) Behind the scenes at the White House as the president and his advisers responded to the Sept. 11 attacks.

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

3 LEADERSHIP, 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.

4 JOURNALS, 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.

5 A 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.

6 MY 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.

7 STUPID WHITE MEN, by Michael Moore. (Regan-Books/HarperCollins, $24.95.) The man behind ''Roger & Me''' takes aim at Republicans and Democrats, corporate America and our ''nation of idiots''.

8 THE 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.

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

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

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