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Watermark picks

New and recommended

"Dead or Alive" by Tom Clancy (Putnam, $28.95) International espionage king Tom Clancy returns with a new thriller novel featuring Jack Ryan, Jr. as his counter-terrorism team seeks the elusive Emir (read: Osama bin Laden) in a globe-spanning campaign filled with finely tuned special-forces knowledge and fascinating high-tech law enforcement.

The Watermark Pick

"The Distant Hours" by Kate Morton (Atria, $26) The author of "The Forgotten Garden" creates a gothic tapestry of spinster sisters in a moldering castle, a closely held family secret from World War II, and a once-lost letter that sets everything in motion. This is a haunting, suspenseful tale to savor as you anticipate its deliciously chilling and utterly surprising climax.

Watermark best-sellers

1. "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson

2. "Listen to the Wind" by Greg Mortenson

3. "Stones into Schools" by Greg Mortenson

4. "The Barnstormer and the Lady: Aviation Legends Walter and Olive Ann Beech" by Dennis Farney

5. "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" by David Sedaris

6. "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson

7. "Moon Over Manifest" by Clare Vanderpool

8. "Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That?" by Ina Garten

9. "At Home" by Bill Bryson 10. "An Object of Beauty" by Steve Martin

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