1. Brisingr, by Christopher Paolini ($27.50, Knopf). The third book in the Inheritance Cycle.

2. Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson ($24.95, Knopf). A journalist watches his professional life crumble around him.

3. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski ($25.95, Ecco). A mute boy lives on his parents' farm.

4. Downtown Owl, by Chuck Klosterman ($24, Scribner). A high school football coach gets a teenage girl pregnant.

5. Heat Lightning, by John Sandford ($26.95, Putnam). A Minnesota detective solves a murder in Stillwater.


1. The Snowball, by Alice Schroeder ($35, Bantam). A biography of Warren Buffett.

2. Hot, Flat and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman ($27.95, Farrar, Straus and Giroux). A look at challenges the United States faces.

3. Dewey, by Vicki Myron ($19.99, Grand Central Publishing). The story of an abandoned cat.

4. The War Within, by Bob Woodward ($32, Simon & Schuster). The author's fourth book about the Bush presidency.

5. In Cod We Trust, by Eric Dregni ($22.95, University of Minnesota Press). The author's memoir of time spent in Norway.

Note: Based on book sales at select area stores.

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