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The Lovely Bones was the best-selling novel of 2002. Duh, like you didn’t know that. Every year-in-review or best-of list across the land has just lauded the runaway gut-wrencher and its author, Alice Sebold. Bolstered by all that attention, the book — this afterlife drama simply refuses to die! — is back at No. 1. Down the list, Pete Hamill’s Forever opens at No. 6. The story concerns an Irish gent whose life span extends from the 18th century into the 21st. How far into that century would he have to go before Bones is off the best-seller lists?



1 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 27 2 PREY Michael Crichton, HarperCollins, $26.95 5 3 BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON Dean Koontz, Bantam, $26.95 2 4 FOUR BLIND MICE James Patterson, Little, Brown, $27.95 6 5 HORNET FLIGHT Ken Follett, Dutton, $26.95 4 6 FOREVER Pete Hamill, Little, Brown, $25.95 1 7 LIGHT IN SHADOW Jayne Ann Krentz, Putnam, $24.95 1 8 SKIPPING CHRISTMAS John Grisham, Doubleday, $14.95 25 9 I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT Allison Pearson, Knopf, $23 7 10 REVERSIBLE ERRORS Scott Turow, FSG, $28 9


1 GET WITH THE PROGRAM! GUIDE TO GOOD EATING Bob Greene, Simon & Schuster, $24 1 2 THE POWER OF NOW: A GUIDE TO SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT Eckhart Tolle, New World Library, $22.95 5 3 PORTRAIT OF A KILLER: JACK THE RIPPER — CASE CLOSED Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $27.95 7 4 BUSH AT WAR Bob Woodward, Simon & Schuster, $28 6 5 LEADERSHIP Rudolph W. Giuliani with Ken Kurson, Miramax, $25.95 13 6 EVERYDAY GRACE: HAVING HOPE, FINDING FORGIVENESS, AND MAKING MIRACLES Marianne Williamson, Riverhead, $19.95 5 7 THE SOPRANOS FAMILY COOKBOOK Allen Rucker, recipes by Michele Scicolone, Warner, $29.95 9 8 GET WITH THE PROGRAM! Bob Greene, Simon & Schuster, $24 14 9 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 156 10 STUPID WHITE MEN…AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF THE NATION Michael Moore, ReganBooks, $24.95 33