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1. (4) A Painted House, John Grisham (Doubleday; $27.95). A contemplative story of sharecroppers set in 1952 rural Arkansas with typical Grisham tension between migrant Mexicans and hill people. 2. (3) The Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier (Plume; $12). Novel uses Vermeer's portrait as a starting point.
3. (6) The Bonesetter's Daughter, Amy Tan (Putnam; $25.95). Story is told from two (mother, daughter) perspectives.
4. (2) We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates (Plume, $13.95). The disintegration of a family after a daughter is raped; current Oprah's Book Club selection.
5. () Fortune's Rocks, Anita Shreve (Back Bay Books; $13.95). Story of passion and scandal at the end of the 19th century.
6. (8) The Red Tent, Anita Diamant (Picador; $14). New view of Dinah, who appears briefly in the Book of Genesis.
7. (7) Brethren, John Grisham (Island Books; $7.99). Three disgraced former judges in federal prison and their machinations.
8. () Easy Prey, John Sandford (Berkley; $7.99). Past presents harrowing case for detective Lucas Davenport.
9. () City of God, E.L. Doctorow (Plume; $13). Author explores our wrecked romance with God with the Big Bang, a Divinity Detective, Albert Einstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Frank Sinatra.
10. () Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland (Penguin; $11). The
ownership of a supposed Vermeer painting is traced back to the
moment of its inspiration, illuminating the poignant moments of the
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1. () Turn Off the Fat Genes, Dr. Neal D. Barnard (Harmony; $23.95). Subtitled The Revolutionary Guide to Taking Charge of the Genes that Control Your Weight.
2. (2) Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson (Putnam; $19.95). Dealing with change at work and in life.
3. (6) The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen; $12.95). Subtitled A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.
4. () The Word Detective, Evan Morris (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; $17.95). Subtitled Solving the Mysteries Behind Those Pesky Words and Phrases.
5. () Life Strategies, Phillip C. McGraw (Hyperion; $11.95). Subtitled Doing What Works, Doing What Matters.
6. () The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly (Broadway; $23). Good, bad and ridiculous in American life.
7. () Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth, Ric Edelman (HarperBusiness; $14). How ordinary people become successful investors.
8. (5) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (Vintage, $14). Memoir: Mr. Eggers raised 8-year-old brother Toph.
9. () How to Know God, Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers; $14). Compelling vision of afterlife by author of Perfect Health.
10.() I'll Cook When Pigs Fly, (Junior League, $19.95). Junior League cookbook in relation to the Big Pig Gig with cover by Jim Borgman.