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Sunday, April 3, 2005; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1THE 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.
25
2NIGHTTIME IS MY TIME (Pocket, $7.99)
By Mary Higgins Clark. A serial killer using the moniker "the Owl" targets women at a high school reunion.
1
3THE 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.43
4ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)
By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
63
5THE 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.
14
6THE BOURNE LEGACY (St. Martin's, $7.99)
By Eric Van Lustbader. David Webb (once known as CIA agent Jason Bourne), now retired, is framed for murder.
4
7CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? (Delta, $12)
By Sophie Kinsella. A young woman divulges her innermost thoughts to a stranger aboard a turbulent flight.
1
8THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE (Harvest, $14)
By Audrey Niffenegger. A man fated to be whisked back and forth through time manages to find true love.
8
9MURDER LIST (Ballantine, $7.99). By Julie Garwood
Regan, a hotel heiress, finds her life in jeopardy after she helps a journalist investigate a shady self-help guru.
4
10THE CALHOUNS: SUZANNA AND MEGAN
(Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts. Romance novellas featuring a Calhoun sister and a Calhoun sister-in-law.
5
Nonfiction/General
1THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN
MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)
By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.
13
2READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)
By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
60
3GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)
By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
16
4BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY-KITTIES AND
CATS GONE BAD (Workman, $9.95). By Jim Edgar
Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.
6
5THE 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.
56
6A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING
(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.
26
7THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS: SPACE, TIME, AND
THE TEXTURE OF REALITY (Vintage, $15.95)
By Brian Greene. From Newton to string theory.
7
8LEAP OF FAITH: MEMOIRS OF AN UNEXPECTED LIFE
(Miramax, $13.95). By Queen Noor. Her journey from American youth (née Lisa Halaby) to Jordanian monarch.
3
9DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)
By Barack Obama. A memoir of a challenging, often lonely youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.
31
10GENGHIS KHAN AND THE MAKING OF THE MODERN
WORLD (Three Rivers, $14.95). By Jack Weatherford
Tempering the Mongol Empire's savage reputation.
1
Hardcover
Fiction
1SATURDAY (Doubleday, $26). By Ian McEwan
February 2003: A London neurosurgeon's day of leisure shifts from the mundane to the life-threatening.
1
2PREP (Random House, $21.95). By Curtis Sittenfeld
An Indiana teen enrolls at one of Boston's most exclusive private schools, heightening her already anxious state.
8
3THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)
By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a killer's identity.
63
4HONEYMOON (Little, Brown, $27.95)
By James Patterson & Howard Roughan. An FBI agent suspects the alluring fiancée in a wealthy banker's death.
5
5WITH NO ONE AS WITNESS (HarperCollins, $26.95)
By Elizabeth George. Scotland Yard's Lynley and Havers tackle a serial killing spree with racial overtones.
2
6THE 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.
11
7THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
61
8COLD SERVICE (Putnam, $24.95). By Robert B. Parker
Spenser comes to the aid of his longtime friend, Hawk, who is seriously wounded in a hit by the Ukrainian mob.
3
9IRELAND (HarperCollins, $26.95). By Frank Delaney
A fictionalized saga that recounts the sweeping history of the Emerald Isle; a bestseller in Ireland.
2
10IMPOSSIBLE (Delacorte, $27). By Danielle Steel
The owner of an influential gallery begins a tempestuous affair with a younger, somewhat Bohemian artist.
4
Nonfiction/General
1BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell
The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
11
2CONSPIRACY OF FOOLS: A TRUE STORY
(Broadway, $26). By Kurt Eichenwald. The sinking of Enron and its accounting firm, Arthur Andersen.
2
3COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL
OR SUCCEED (Viking, $29.95). By Jared Diamond
The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
13
4MEN IN BLACK: HOW THE SUPREME COURT IS
DESTROYING AMERICA (Regnery, $27.95)
By Mark R. Levin. Taking issue with "judicial activism."
7
5JOY AT WORK: A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO
FUN ON THE JOB (PVG, $24.95). By Dennis W. Bakke
The experience of one local CEO and his company, AES.
2
6GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG
AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT
(HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95). By Jim Wallis
10
7AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO
DEMOCRACY INACTION
(Warner, $24.95)
By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
25
8ON BULLSHIT (Princeton Univ., $9.95)
By Harry G. Frankfurt. A philosophical primer for detecting the phenomenon in our culture today.
1
9REAGAN'S REVOLUTION: THE UNTOLD STORY OF
THE CAMPAIGN THAT STARTED IT ALL
(Nelson Current, $25.99). By Craig Shirley
1
10A DEADLY GAME: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE SCOTT
PETERSON INVESTIGATION (Regan, $27.95)
By Catherine Crier with Cole Thompson
3

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 27, 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. The advice/miscellaneous list below reflects sales from 2/28/05 to 03/27/05.)


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