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Sunday, September 12, 2004; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.
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2 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown

The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threaten the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
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3 THE NOTEBOOK (Warner, $12.95; $7.50)

By Nicholas Sparks. An unfulfilled teenage romance gets a second chance 14 years later.
13
4 BLACKLIST (Signet, $7.99). By Sara Paretsky

A 45-year-old corpse and an Arab boy suspected of terrorist connections are all part of V.I. Warshawski's new case.
1
5 FATAL TIDE (Bantam, $7.99). By Iris Johansen

A psychopath in search of an ancient underwater city threatens a marine researcher who may know its location.
1
6 THE ROCKY ROAD TO ROMANCE (HarperTorch, $7.50)

By Janet Evanovich. A radio station manager becomes smitten by one of his quirky on-air talents.
1
7 CHARMED & ENCHANTED (Silhouette, $7.99)

By Nora Roberts. Anastasia Donovan, swept up in a romance, is uneasy about sharing her secret -- she's a witch.
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8 DIVIDED IN DEATH (Berkley, $7.99). By J.D. Robb

Officer Eve Dallas comes to the aid of her dear friend Roarke in a case of murder and cyber-terrorism.
1
9 THE TEETH OF THE TIGER (Berkley, $7.99)

By Tom Clancy. A private vigilante corps wages an ambitious campaign to protect U.S. interests worldwide.
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10 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, uncovering some family secrets.16
Nonfiction/General
1 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES
(Norton, $10)
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2 READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor's memoir of her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
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3 THE 9/11 REPORT: THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATION

(St. Martin's, $6.99). Details of the National Commission's exhaustive inquiry.
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4 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM

(Plume, $14). By Al Franken. The political humorist and talk show host takes issue with the conservative agenda.
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5 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF

RACE AND INHERITANCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. Memoir by the rising politician.
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6 THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (Vintage, $14.95)

By Erik Larson. Serial killer Henry Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1896 World's Fair.
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7 ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's many ironies.
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8 UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN: A STORY OF

VIOLENT FAITH (Anchor, $14.95). By Jon Krakauer

A look at a shocking 1984 murder in the name of religion.
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9 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (Broadway, $12.95)

By Mitch Albom. The sportswriter chronicles his emotional reunion with his mentor from college days.
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10 INTO THIN AIR: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE

MT. EVEREST DISASTER (Anchor, $13.95)

By Jon Krakauer. Inside the ill-fated 1996 expedition.
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Hardcover
Fiction
1 THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a murderer's identity.
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2 MURDER LIST (Ballantine, $25.95). By Julie Garwood

A wealthy socialite's prying into shady self-help seminars endangers her life, causing the FBI to intervene.
1
3 THE RULE OF FOUR (Dial, $24). By Ian Caldwell &

Dustin Thomason. Four roommates at Princeton attempt to unlock the secrets of a 15th-century manuscript.
17
4 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
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5 ANGELS & DEMONS (Atria, $19.95). By Dan Brown

The hardcover edition of Brown's thriller revolving around a nefarious group's plot against the Vatican.
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6 JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL

(Bloomsbury USA, $27.95). By Susanna Clarke

Two English magician's try to revive the age of magic.
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7 SKINNY DIP (Knopf, $24.95). By Carl Hiaasen

A sleazy biologist, concealing an agribusiness's Everglades pollution, is undone by the wife he thought he murdered.
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8 WHITE HOT (Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By Sandra Brown. Sayre Lynch, estranged from her family for a decade, is shocked by her brother's apparent suicide.
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9 TANEQUIL: HIGH DRUID OF SHANNARA

(Del Rey, $26.95). By Terry Brooks. A ragged band's efforts to rescue the rightful high druid from captivity.
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10 THE WINDS OF CHANGE (Viking, $25.95)

By Martha Grimes. Richard Jury is vexed by the murder of a 5-year-old girl and its connection to a pedophile ring.
2
Nonfiction/General
1 UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS

SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY (Regnery, $27.95)

By John E. O'Neill & Jerome R. Corsi. A contrary view.
4
2 AMERICAN SOLDIER (ReganBooks, $27.95)

By Gen. Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell

Memoir by the retired head of the U.S. Central Command.
5
3 MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton

The former president's lengthy reminiscences about his tumultuous childhood and political achievements.
11
4 BUSHWORLD: ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK

(Putnam, $25.95). By Maureen Dowd. A collection of columns from the op-ed page of the New York Times.
5
5 SKYWRITING: A LIFE OUT OF THE BLUE

(Random House, $25.95). By Jane Pauley. The NBC News veteran talks candidly about her life.
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6 IMPERIAL HUBRIS: WHY THE WEST IS LOSING THE

WAR ON TERROR (Brassey's, $27.50). By Anonymous

A CIA agent's argument for a foreign policy overhaul.
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7 DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Little, Brown, $24.95). By David Sedaris. Another round of amusing, often self-deprecating essays.
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8 WHERE THE RIGHT WENT WRONG

(Thomas Dunne, $24.95). By Patrick J. Buchanan

Lambasting the White House's neoconservative policies.
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9 SHADOW DIVERS (Random House, $26.95)

By Robert Kurson. A pair of American divers' near-obsessive quest to identify a submerged WWII U-boat.
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10 LOSING AMERICA: CONFRONTING A RECKLESS

AND ARROGANT PRESIDENCY (Norton, $23.95)

By Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Registering disapproval.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 5, 2004. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2004 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflects weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. Advice and self-help books appear on a separate, monthly list.)


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