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Hardcover

1Leading With the Heart by Mike Krzyzewski (Warner, $24.95). Duke University's successful basketball coach shares leadership techniques.

2In the Fall by Jeffrey Lent (Atlantic Monthly, $25). A former slave, a Yankee farmer and their children fight to reconcile their pasts with a more hopeful future.

3Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani (Random House, $23.95). A spinsterly pharmacist seeks excitement from her eccentric community.

4Fay by Larry Brown (Algonquin, $24.95). Seventeen-year-old Fay escapes her father's clutches to go in search of love, but only seems to attract trouble.

5Plainsong by Kent Haruf (Knopf, $24). A group of small-town Colorado inhabitants begin to see things in a different light when a new schoolteacher comes to town.

Paperback

1The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper, $14). Baptist missionary Nathan Price takes his wife and four daughters to a remote village in the Belgian Congo in 1955.

2The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Picador, $13). Three women's stories are interwoven together in a tribute to Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.

3Mama Dip's Kitchen by Mildred Council (UNC Press, $15.95). Local restauranteur and soul-food chef passes on her culinary secrets in her first cookbook.

4The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene (Vintage, $15). A quantum field theorist discusses superstring theory.

5Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout (Vintage, $13). A mother's relationship with her daughter is strained when the girl develops a crush on her high-school math teacher.

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