The year's last major fiction laydown arrives December 4, with Sue Grafton's 1.2 million-copy printing, trailed by new suspense novels from Steve Berry and Julie Garwood. In nonfiction, financial adviser Jim Cramer gets a jump on the New Year/New You market, while political reporter Elizabeth Bumiller and science writer Mark Bowen try to spark some headlines. For children, the mammoth concluding volume of Libba Bray's gothic trilogy is the month's highlight.
| December 1 |The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook (with CD-ROM) by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht (Chronicle, $24.95). 100,000 copies.| December 4 |
*T Is for Trespass by Sue Grafton (Putnam, $26.95). 1,200,000 copies.
Jim Cramer's Stay Mad for Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich (Make Your Kids Even Richer) by James J. Cramer with Cliff Mason (Simon & Schuster, $26). 350,000 copies.
Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough (Simon & Schuster, $26.95). 75,000 copies.
| December 11 |
The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry (Ballantine, $25.95). 350,000 copies.
Condoleezza Rice: An American Life by Elizabeth Bumiller (Random, $27.95). 40,000 copies.
| December 15 |
*Dinomummy: The Life, Death, and Discovery of Dakota, a Dinosaur from Hell Creek by Dr. Phil Manning (Kingfisher, $18.95). 100,000 copies.
| DECEMBER 18 |
Hand of Evil by J.A. Jance (Touchstone, $25.95). 200,000 copies.
* My Friends Tigger & Pooh: A Kite-tacular Adventure by Thea Feldman (Disney Press, $12.99). 125,000 copies.
| December 26 |
Shadow Music by Julie Garwood (Ballantine, $25.95). 300,000 copies.
The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health by Dean Ornish, M.D. (Ballantine, $26.95). 300,000 copies.
* * The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (Delacorte, $17.99). 150,000 copies.
*Warriors: Power of Three #2: Dark River by Erin Hunter (HarperCollins, $16.99). 150,000 copies.
*The Princess Diaries, Volume IX: Princess Mia (HarperTeen, $16.99). 100,000 copies.
| December 27 |
Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming by Mark Bowen (Dutton, $25.95). 40,000 copies.
| December 31 |
Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper (Bantam, $25). 150,000 copies.
—With reporting by Diane Roback
* =PWstarred review
* = Children's titles