Trade Paperback Fiction

1 The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Kim Edwards, Penguin, $14, 9780143037149
A tragic snap-decision about a handicapped baby, played out among the affected.

2 The Inheritance of Loss
Kiran Desai, Grove, $14, 9780802142818
A rich Book Sense Notable and winner of the Man Booker Prize. Set in India on the eve of the Nepalese movement for an independent state.

3 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Lisa See, Random House, $13.95, 9780812968064
A #1 Book Sense Pick in hardcover, set in 19th-century rural China.

4 Labyrinth
Kate Mosse, Berkley, $15, 9780425213971
Present-day collides with 13th-century Carcassonne in a quest for the Holy Grail. A Book Sense Pick in hardcover.

5 The History of Love
Nicole Krauss, Norton, $13.95, 9780393328622
A #1 Book Sense Pick in hardcover that travels deep into the mysteries of love and survival.

6 March
Geraldine Brooks, Penguin, $14, 9780143036661
2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction and #1 Book Sense Pick. The Civil War experiences of Little Women's absent Mr. March.

7 Case Histories
Kate Atkinson, Back Bay, $13.99, 9780316010702
A Book Sense Pick in hardcover about the cost of unsolved crimes on the lives of the survivors.

8 In the Company of the Courtesan
Sarah Dunant, Random House, $13.95, 9780812974041
Enchanting historical fiction, bringing Renaissance Italy to life.

9 Astrid and Veronika
Linda Olsson, Penguin, $14, 9780143038078
The stories and secrets of friends, in Sweden. A Book Sense Pick.

10 Snow
Orhan Pamuk, Vintage, $14.95, 9780375706868
The Turkish author takes a poetic look at the complicated politics of his homeland in this stunning novel and Book Sense Pick.

11 The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead, $14, 9781594480003
A Book Sense Pick, now in paperback. A stunning, enlightening novel of friendship and Afghan culture and politics.

12 The Alchemist (Updated)
Paulo Coelho, HarperSanFrancisco, $13.95, 9780061122415
A boy's journey and metamorphosis, with new bonus material.

13 The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri, Mariner, $14, 9780618485222
A mesmerizing and melancholy Book Sense Pick about a first-generation Indian family in America.

14 Arthur & George
Julian Barnes, Vintage, $14.95, 9781400097036
Based on a Conan Doyle investigation of a crime in Victorian England. A Book Sense Pick in hardcover.

15 My Sister's Keeper
Jodi Picoult, Washington Square, $14, 9780743454537
Sensitive and thought provoking. A dying child ... what would you do, as a parent? As a sibling? A Book Sense Pick in hardcover.

Hardcover Fiction
What Is the What
Dave Eggers, McSweeney's, $26, 9781932416640
Fictionalized memoir of a survivor of the tragedy in the Sudan.

Ten Days in the Hills
Jane Smiley, Knopf, $26, 9781400040612
That's the Hollywood Hills, and war lurks in the background.

Step on a Crack
James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge, Little Brown, $27.99, 9780316013949
Difficult family circumstances mix with terror in this latest Patterson "team" thriller.

Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen, Algonquin, $23.95, 9781565124998
Indies are still buzzing about this rich, romantic story set in a long-ago traveling circus. A #1 Book Sense Pick.

The Double Bind
Chris Bohjalian, Shaye Areheart, $25, 9781400047468
This Book Sense Pick is a layered beauty about a woman's obsession with uncovering a dark secret.

You Suck
Christopher Moore, Morrow, $21.95, 9780060590291
Young vampires in love. (You were expecting...?)

For One More Day
Mitch Albom, Hyperion, $21.95, 9781401303273
A mother's death, a time of regret.

Innocent in Death - Debut
J.D. Robb, Putnam, $25.95, 9780399154010
Nora Roberts' new Eve Dallas thriller.

High Profile
Robert B. Parker, Putnam, $24.95, 9780399154041
The murder of a right-wing radio commentator takes center stage.

The Alexandria Link
Steve Berry, Ballantine, $25.95, 9780345485755
Rare book dealer becomes action hero.

Returning to Earth
Jim Harrison, Grove, $24, 9780802118387
A beautiful, earthy Book Sense Pick that considers death and dying from different perspectives.

Suite Francaise
Irene Nemirovsky, Knopf, $25, 9781400044733
Long-lost vignettes set in German-occupied Paris, by an author exterminated in Auschwitz. A Book Sense Pick.

Plum Lovin'
Janet Evanovich, St. Martin's, $16.95, 9780312306342
A ripe, juicy, romantic love-Plum.

The Castle in the Forest
Norman Mailer, Random House, $27.95, 9780394536491
Mailer's fictional tale of Hitler's childhood.

Heart-Shaped Box - Debut
Joe Hill, Morrow, $24.95, 9780061147937
A modern, creepy ghost story and #1 Book Sense Pick.


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