1. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown. (Doubleday, $29.95.) Robert Langdon among the Masons.
2(x). THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam, $24.95.) A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi.
3. 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.
4. SIZZLE, by Julie Garwood. (Ballantine, $26.) A film student who witnessed a crime is aided by a handsome FBI agent.
5. FIRED UP, by Jayne Ann Krentz. (Putnam, $25.95.) A venture capitalist who believes he has inherited an ancestor's psychic powers searches for an elusive artifact.
6. THE HONOR OF SPIES, by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV. (Putnam, $26.95.) An OSS agent seeks information from a German prisoner of war; the fifth book in the "Honor Bound" series.
7. DEEPER THAN THE DEAD, by Tami Hoag. (Dutton, $26.95.) An FBI investigator and a teacher track a series of murders in California in 1985.
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(x). ALTAR OF EDEN, by James Rollins. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $27.99.) A Louisiana veterinarian discovers a wrecked fishing trawler filled with genetically altered animals.
10. 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.
1. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, by Mitch Albom. (Hyperion, $23.99.) A suburban rabbi and a Detroit pastor teach lessons about the comfort of belief.
2. GOING ROGUE, by Sarah Palin. (Harper/HarperCollins, $28.99.) A memoir by the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate.
3. WHAT THE DOG SAW, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) A decade of New Yorker essays.
4. SUPERFREAKONOMICS, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $29.99.) A scholar and a journalist apply economic thinking to everything: the sequel.
5(x). 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.
6. OPEN, by Andre Agassi. (Knopf, $28.95.) The tennis champion's autobiography.
7. TRUE COMPASS, by Edward M. Kennedy. (Twelve, $35.) The late senator's autobiography.
8. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Why some people succeed, from the author of "Blink."
9. 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. (b)
10. TOO BIG TO FAIL, by Andrew Ross Sorkin. (Viking, $32.95.) The 2008 financial implosion on Wall Street and in Washington, by a New York Times reporter and columnist.
ADVICE, HOW-TO AND MISCELLANEOUS
1. 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.
2. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, by Gretchen Rubin. (Harper/HarperCollins, $25.99.) A year spent focusing on the things that really matter.
3. THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $22.) Reconstructing your life so that it's not all about work.
4(x). IT'S YOUR TIME, by Joel Osteen. (Free Press, $25.) Prayers, stories and tools for moving forward in Christian faith.
5. THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS, by Ree Drummond. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $27.50.) Cowboy-tested recipes from the proprietor of ThePioneerWoman.com. (b)
6(x). GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2010, edited by Craig Glenday. (Guinness, $28.95.) Tallest, fastest, youngest, most.
An (x) indicates that a book's sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A (b) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending Jan. 2 at thousands of venues.