Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 4:16 p.m.

FICTION

1 THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown. (Doubleday, $29.95.) Robert Langdon among the Masons.

2 I, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown, $27.99.)Tracking the murderer of a relative, Alex Cross discovers a wild Washington scene with explosive secrets.

3 UNDER THE DOME, by Stephen King. (Scribner, $35.) When a Maine town is trapped by an invisible force field, a sanctimonious and hypocritical politician takes over.

4 THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam, $24.95.) A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi.

5 U IS FOR UNDERTOW, by Sue Grafton. (Putnam, $27.95.) Kinsey Millhone investigates the case of a 4-year-old girl who disappeared 21 years earlier.

6 PIRATE LATITUDES, by Michael Crichton. (Harper/HarperCollins, $27.99.) In the 17th century Caribbean, a British pirate attacks a Spanish galleon; this manuscript was found in Crichton's files after his death in 2008.

7 FORD COUNTY, by John Grisham. (Doubleday, $24.) Stories set in rural Mississippi.

8 THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central, $24.99.) A 17-year-old girl spends the summer with her divorced father in North Carolina and finds many kinds of love.

9 THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe and Jason Wright. (Threshold Editions, $19.99.) A boy learns from his disappointment with his mother's gift.

10 THE LACUNA, by Barbara Kingsolver. (Harper/HarperCollins, $26.99.) A young American growing up in Mexico becomes friends with artists and radicals; later, in the United States, he is menaced by McCarthyism.

NONFICTION

1 GOING ROGUE, by Sarah Palin. (Harper/HarperCollins, $28.99.) A memoir by the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate.

2 HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, by Mitch Albom. (Hyperion, $23.99.) A suburban rabbi and a Detroit pastor teach lessons about the comfort of belief.

3 ARGUING WITH IDIOTS, written and edited by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe and others. (Mercury Radio Arts/Threshold Editions, $29.99.) The case against big government.

4 STONES INTO SCHOOLS, by Greg Mortenson. (Viking, $26.95.) Building schools, many of them for girls, in northeast Afghanistan; takes up where "Three Cups of Tea" left off.

5 OPEN, by Andre Agassi. (Knopf, $28.95.) The tennis champion's autobiography.

6 SUPERFREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $29.99.) A scholar and a journalist apply economic thinking to everything: the sequel.

7 TRUE COMPASS, by Edward M. Kennedy. (Twelve, $35.) The late senator's autobiography.

8 WHAT THE DOG SAW, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) A decade of New Yorker essays.

9 A BOLD FRESH PIECE OF HUMANITY, by Bill O'Reilly. (Broadway, $26.) The Fox News commentator on his upbringing and career.

10 OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Why some people succeed, from the author of "Blink."

ADVICE, HOW-TO, MISCELLANEOUS

1 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2010, edited by Craig Glenday. (Guinness, $28.95.) Tallest, fastest, youngest, most.

2 MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING, VOL. 1, by Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. (Knopf, $40.) A reissue of the book that started Julia Child's career.

3 THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS, by Ree Drummond. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $27.50.) Cowboy-tested recipes from the proprietor of ThePioneerWoman.com.

4 THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $22.) Reconstructing your life so that it's not all about work.

5 IT'S YOUR TIME, by Joel Osteen. (Free Press, $25.) Prayers, stories and tools for moving forward in Christian faith.

6 GOOD EATS, by Alton Brown. (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $37.50.) Tips and recipes from the early days of the Food Network show.

7 THE LAST LECTURE, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow. (Hyperion, $21.95.) Thoughts on "seizing every moment," from a Carnegie Mellon University professor who died of cancer at age 47.

8 GOURMET TODAY, by Ruth Reichl. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $40.) More than 1,000 recipes for the contemporary kitchen.

9 THE PURPOSE OF CHRISTMAS, by Rick Warren. (Howard, $17.99.) Reclaiming the holiday as a time for celebration, salvation and reconciliation.

10 AD HOC AT HOME, by Thomas Keller. (Artisan, $50.) The chef behind "The French Laundry Cookbook" serves up cozy dishes from his "casual" Ad Hoc restaurant.

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