|1||THE SHACK, by William P. Young.
(Windblown Media, $14.99.)
A man whose daughter was abducted is invited to an isolated shack, apparently by God. (†) First Chapter
|2||THE READER, by Bernhard Schlink.
A German high school student falls in love with a former Auschwitz employee.
|3||SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S, by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet.
(Grand Central, $13.99.)
A woman finds an unexpected love.
by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s Griffin, $14.95.) A friendship between
two women in the Pacific Northwest endures for more than three decades
as they make different choices in their lives.
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, by Richard Yates.
Frank and April Wheeler, a beautiful young couple living in 1950s America, see their supposedly perfect life come undone.
|6*||AMERICAN WIFE, by Curtis Sittenfeld.
(Random House, $15.)
A pretty librarian marries the alcoholic scion of a wealthy political family who somehow becomes president. First Chapter
|7||A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, by Khaled Hosseini.
A friendship between two Afghan women against the backdrop of 30 years of war.
|8||SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, by Vikas Swarup.
A poor orphan in India is arrested and must explain himself after winning big on a TV quiz show.
|9||STILL ALICE, by Lisa Genova.
A 50-year-old Harvard professor is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
|10||PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, by Geraldine Brooks.
An expert unlocks the secrets of a rare manuscript.
|11||THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho.
A Spanish shepherd boy travels to Egypt in search of treasure.
|12||WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen.
A young man — and an elephant — save a Depression-era circus.
|13||THE WHITE TIGER,
by Aravind Adiga. (Free Press, $14.) A chauffeur in India relates the
story of his transformation from manservant to entrepreneur to
murderer; the winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize.
|14*||THE APPEAL, by John Grisham.
Political and legal intrigue ensue when a Mississippi court rules against a company accused of dumping toxic waste.
|15||THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, by Junot Díaz.
A nerdy Dominican-American struggles to escape a family curse.
|16||THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG, by Muriel Barbery.
A young girl and a widowed concierge, both closet intellectuals, become friends.
|17||LOVING FRANK, by Nancy Horan.
A story of the romance between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney. First Chapter
|18||THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, by Sue Monk Kidd.
(Penguin, $15 and $14.)
In South Carolina in 1964, a teenage girl tries to discover the secret to her mother’s past.
|19||THE KITE RUNNER, by Khaled Hosseini.
(Riverhead, $15.95 and $14.)
An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a childhood friend has fared.
|20||OUT STEALING HORSES, by Per Petterson.
In a remote cabin, a Norwegian man circles around his memories. First Chapter