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Sunday, October 10, 2004; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1THE BIG BAD WOLF (Warner, $7.99)
By James Patterson. FBI novice Alex Cross matches wits with a Russian mobster trafficking in sexual slavery.
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2BLOW FLY (Berkley, $7.99). By Patricia Cornwell
Scarpetta, taking a time-out in Florida to think about her future, helps the local authorities probe a killing spree.
4
3SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)
By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.
5
4THE GOOD EARTH (Washington Square, $14)
By Pearl S. Buck. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a farmer and his wife in the waning days of imperial China.
3
5WINNER TAKES ALL (Silhouette, $7.99)
By Nora Roberts. Two of Roberts's novels, "Rules of the Game" and "The Name of the Game," now back in print.
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6ANGELS & 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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7SAFE HARBOUR (Dell, $7.99). By Danielle Steel
A grief-stricken young girl and her mother find solace in their evolving friendship with a charming artist.
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8THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini
An Afghani immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled homeland in the hopes of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
2
9A LADY OF HIS OWN (Avon, $6.99)
By Stephanie Laurens. An espionage scandal laces this period romance in which two former lovers meet again.
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10THE 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.20
Nonfiction/General
1THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT
OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST
ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
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2READING 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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3HEART FULL OF LIES: A TRUE STORY OF
DESIRE AND DEATH (Pocket, $7.99). By Ann Rule
A fall 2000 camping trip in Oregon turns deadly.
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4FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE
(Back Bay, $14.95). By James Bradley. The brutal captivity of eight American POWs held by Japanese forces.
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5A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING
(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular history of science's grandest achievements.
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6THE 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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7DREAMS 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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8THE 9/11 REPORT: THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATION
(St. Martin's, $6.99). Details of the National Commission's exhaustive inquiry, including media reports.
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9ME 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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10AGAINST ALL ENEMIES: INSIDE AMERICA'S WAR
ON TERROR (Free Press, $14). By Richard A. Clarke
Revelations of the country's lack of preparedness.
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Hardcover
Fiction
1THE DARK TOWER: THE DARK TOWER VII
(Donald M. Grant, $35). By Stephen King. The epic series concludes as the gunslingers reach the dreaded tower.
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2TRACE (Putnam, $26.95). By Patricia Cornwell
Kay Scarpetta returns to the medical examiner's office to help the new director sort out a young girl's death.
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3INCUBUS DREAMS (Berkley, $23.95)
By Laurell K. Hamilton. Vampire hunter Anita Blake pursues a serial killer targeting the stripper community.
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4THE 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.
40
5SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER (Dial, $23). By Sophie Kinsella
On her return from her honeymoon (or was it a shopping spree?), Becky discovers she has a half-sister.
1
6NIGHTS OF RAIN & STARS (Dutton, $25.95)
By Maeve Binchy. A tragedy at a seaside Greek village brings four disparate travelers together.
2
7ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? (Morrow, $25.95)
By Sidney Sheldon. The alluring widows of two murdered scientists team up to thwart a plot to control the weather.
3
8JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL
(Bloomsbury USA, $27.95). By Susanna Clarke
Two English magicians attempt to revive the age of magic.
5
9THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA (Houghton Mifflin, $26)
By Philip Roth. An alternate history in which Charles Lindbergh, a Nazi sympathizer, is elected U.S. president.
1
10THE SUNDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB (Pantheon, $19.95)
By Alexander McCall Smith. Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie tackles a case of murder at the concert hall.
1
Nonfiction/General
1AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO
DEMOCRACY INACTION
(Warner, $24.95)
By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
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2THE FAMILY: THE REAL STORY OF THE BUSH DYNASTY
(Doubleday, $29.95). By Kitty Kelley. An unauthorized examination of three generations of the Bush clan.
3
3CHAIN OF COMMAND: THE ROAD FROM 9/11 TO
ABU GHRAIB (HarperCollins, $25.95)
By Seymour M. Hersh. An investigative reporter's verdict.
3
4HALLELUJAH! THE WELCOME TABLE: A LIFETIME
OF MEMORIES WITH RECIPES (Random House, $29.95)
By Maya Angelou. Recalling family and culinary morsels.
1
5UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS
SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY (Regnery, $27.95)
By John E. O'Neill & Jerome R. Corsi. A contrary view.
8
6The WORLD'S BANKER (Penguin Press, $29.95)
By Sebastian Mallaby. A portrait of James Wolfensohn's tenure at the World Bank and the changes he wrought.
1
7MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton
The former president's reminiscences of his tumultuous childhood and political accomplishments.
15
8THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULERS: EXPOSING OILY
POLITICIANS, WAR PROFITEERS, AND THE MEDIA THAT
LOVE THEM
(Hyperion, $21.95). By Amy Goodman
1
9YOU HAVE THE POWER: HOW TO TAKE BACK OUR
COUNTRY AND RESTORE DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

(Simon & Schuster, $19.95). By Howard Dean
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10AMERICAN SOLDIER (ReganBooks, $27.95)
By Gen. Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell
Memoir by the retired head of the U.S. Central Command.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 3, 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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