J.K. Rowling, Scholastic
Harry's bloomed into a moody, zit-speckled 15-year-old in fifth installment of series. Buzz builds to frenzy on word that beloved character bites the dust. With two more books promised, guess who it isn't?
2. The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown, Doubleday
Historical fiction-cum-murder mystery flies off shelves, inspires chatter among religious scholars and gets its own ABC News special.
3. The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor- Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss
Arthur Agatston, Rodale Press
Move over, Atkins, there's something trendier: Celebs and their worshipers feast on latest carb-killer. Bread industry lies bleeding.
4. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Al Franken, E.P. Dutton
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly blows gasket and unsuccessfully sues over title of guilty liberal's latest, a play on the network's slogan. Sales skyrocket. Go figure.
5. Living History
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Simon & Schuster.
Way skimpier than promised on Monica-gate dirt. Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson vows to eat shoe if sales of New York senator's memoir hit the million mark. Sen. "I have no designs on the presidency" Clinton hands him a fork on CNN.
6. The King of Torts
John Grisham, Doubleday
The Stephen King of courtroom thrillers returns to the genre after two forays into non-legal fiction. Dictionary sales also rise on reader demand for meaning of "torts."
7. The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child
Ron Clark, Hyperion Press
Huh? Umm, if you say so, sure. Never heard of this one.
8. The Ultimate Weight Solution: The Seven Keys to Weight Loss Freedom
Phil McGraw, Free Press
Upon opening book, tough-talking Texan spawn of Oprah literally leaps from pages, grabs reader by shoulders and shakes until the pounds fall off.
9. Treason: Liberal Treachery From the Cold War to the War on Terrorism
Ann H. Coulter, Crown Forum
See No. 4, replace "right" with "left." Outspoken conservative commentator greases up enemy-of-state liberals and roasts them on spit in follow to 2002's "Slander." Up next? "Madder."
10. A Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson, Broadway Books
Forget No. 7. Everything you need to know to help your kids coast by in school like you did you can learn from this travel-essayist.