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Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, February 13, 2005; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini

An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
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2 THE LAST JUROR (Dell, $7.99). By John Grisham

The scion of a small town's wealthy and corrupt clan vows revenge on the jury that convicted him of murder.
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3 THE ZERO GAME (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By Brad Meltzer. Wagering on the outcome of pending legislation turns deadly for two Capitol Hill Staffers.
2
4 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, unearthing some family secrets.36
5 DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN: BOOK ONE:

PRODIGAL SON
(Bantam, $7.99). By Dean R. Koontz &

Kevin J. Anderson. Dr. Frankenstein in the 21st century.
2
6 3RD DEGREE (Warner, $7.99). By James Patterson &

Andrew Gross. Terrorist acts jolt San Francisco, compelling the Women's Murder Club to investigate.
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7 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown

The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
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8 LOVE OVERBOARD (HarperTorch, $7.50)

By Janet Evanovich. An early Evanovich yarn in which a detective leaves the city to open a bed & breakfast in Maine.
2
9 DARK SECRET (Jove, $7.99). By Christine Feehan

Another installment in the writer's romance/fantasy series featuring Carpathian warriors who battle vampires.
1
10 O'HURLEY'S RETURN (Silhouette, $14.95)

By Nora Roberts. A two novella omnibus continuing the saga of the O'Hurley siblings -- sequel to "Born O'Hurley."
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Nonfiction/General
1 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. A memoir of a diverse and challenging youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.
24
2 READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
53
3 GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
9
4 THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.
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5 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 1893 World's Fair.
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6 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.
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7 DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT: KNOW YOUR VALUES

AND FRAME THE DEBATE (Chelsea Green, $10)

By George Lakoff. A playbook for progressive activists.
9
8 RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Picador USA, $14)

By Augusten Burroughs. A coming-of-age memoir chock-full of hilarious and downright disturbing moments.
10
9 SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: THE FAILURE OF

HUMANITY IN RWANDA (Carroll & Graf, $16.95)

By Roméo Dallaire. A view from inside the U.N. mission.
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10 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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Hardcover
Fiction
1 THE BROKER (Doubleday, $27.95). By John Grisham

The CIA finagles the release of an attorney from federal prison to gain access to a satellite surveillance system.
4
2 SURVIVOR IN DEATH (Putnam, $23.95). By J.D. Robb

Eve Dallas, a cop in mid-21st-century NYC, faces a murder case in which the only witness is a 10-year-old girl.
1
3 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.
56
4 STATE OF FEAR (HarperCollins, $27.95)

By Michael Crichton. Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in order to further their radical agenda.
8
5 CONVICTION (Random House, $25.95)

By Richard North Patterson. With an execution looming, a lawyer struggles to spare a man she believes to be innocent.
2
6 THE LAST KINGDOM (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Bernard Cornwell. Ninth-century England's Anglo-Saxons clash with marauding Viking armies.
1
7 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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8 THE DA VINCI CODE: SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION

(Doubleday, $35). By Dan Brown. Hundreds of photos and images supplement the art and cryptology thriller.
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9 PREP (Random House, $21.95). By Curtis Sittenfeld

An Indiana teen enrolls at one of Boston's most exclusive private schools, heightening her already insecure state.
1
10 I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS (FSG, $28.95)

By Tom Wolfe. At elite Dupont University, a naive freshman finds socializing to be just as rigorous as class.
9
Nonfiction/General
1 BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
4
2 COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL

OR SUCCEED (Viking, $29.95). By Jared Diamond

The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
6
3 AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION
(Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
18
4 GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG

AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT

(HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95). By Jim Wallis
3
5 HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON

(Knopf, $26.95). By Joseph J. Ellis. A biography of the statesman from British army soldier to U.S. president.
13
6 HALLELUJAH! THE WELCOME TABLE : A LIFETIME

OF MEMORIES WITH RECIPES (Random House, $29.95)

By Maya Angelou. Recalling family and culinary morsels.
5
7 BLOWING MY COVER: MY LIFE AS A CIA SPY

(Putnam, $22.95). By Lindsay Moran. An espionage career that was rather more drudgery and less James Bond.
5
8 ANIMALS IN TRANSLATION: USING THE MYSTERIES

OF AUTISM TO DECODE ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

(Scribner, $25). By Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson
2
9 WINNING THE FUTURE: A 21ST CENTURY CONTRACT

FOR AMERICA (Regnery, $27.95). By Newt Gingrich

Five areas of concern for the new administration.
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10 THE COMPLETE CARTOONS OF THE NEW YORKER

(Black Dog & Levanthal, $60). Ed. by Robert Mankoff

"Best of" book; two CDs with all cartoons published.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended February 6, 2005. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2005 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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