local bestsellers

Based on sales at alternating local bookstores


1. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini ($25.95, Riverhead). Two women are brought together by war.

2. Double Cross, by James Patterson ($27.99, Little Brown). Alex Cross and his detective girlfriend attempt to catch a criminal.

3. T is for Tresspass, by Sue Grafton ($26.95, Putnam). A sociopath takes advantage of the elderly.

4. World Without End, by Ken Follett ($35, Dutton). A sequel to "The Pillars of the Earth."

5. Dark of the Moon, by John Sandford ($26.95, Putnam). Agent Virgil Flowers works to solve a string of murders.


1. I Am America (And So Can You!), by Stephen Colbert ($26.99, Grand Central). Thoughts on how to fix the nation's woes.

2. Our Dumb World, by the Onion ($27.99, Little, Brown and Co.) A parody of world hapenings.

3. The Daring Book for Girls, by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz ($24.95, Collins). The book covers everything female.

4. The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden ($24.95, Collins). The book covers everything male.

5. Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert ($15, Penguin). The author's travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery.