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Sunday, May 1, 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 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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3 NIGHTTIME 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.
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4 R IS FOR RICOCHET (Berkley, $7.99). By Sue Grafton

P.I. Kinsey Millhone agree to look after a just-paroled heiress, whose former boss is wanted by the Feds.
4
5 THERAPY (Ballantine, $7.99). By Jonathan Kellerman

Alex Delaware's inquiry into a savage double homicide steers him to one victim's celebrity therapist.
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6 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.47
7 BLIND ALLEY (Bantam, $7.99). By Iris Johansen

A maniac bent on killing women who resemble an ancient Roman actress threatens Eve Dallas's daughter.
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8 FULL BLOOM (St. Martin's, $7.99). By Janet Evanovich

Annie, proprietor of a southern B&B, becomes the prime suspect when her long-missing husband turns up dead.
3
9 THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl both comfort and a safe haven.
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10 MY SISTER'S KEEPER (Washington Square, $14)

By Jodi Picoult. Anna, conceived as a donor match for her ill sister, Kate, sues her parents for legal rights at age 13.
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Nonfiction/General
1 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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2 READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
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3 BAD 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.
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4 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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5 GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
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6 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. A memoir of a challenging, often lonely youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.
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7 WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW

CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

By Thomas Frank (Owl, $14). Features a new afterword.
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8 ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Penguin, $18)

By Ron Chernow. The remarkable life of the Founding Father who went from aide-de-camp to treasury secretary.
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9 WITNESS TO HOPE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF

POPE JOHN PAUL II (Perennial, $24.95)

By George Weigel. Updated edition of the 1999 biography.
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10 THE BOOKSELLER OF KABUL (Back Bay, $12.95)

By Asne Seierstad. A journalist's portrait of a family coping with the grim realities of life after war.
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Hardcover
Fiction
1 TRUE BELIEVER (Warner, $24.95). By Nicholas Sparks

A science reporter, famed for his fraud-debunking articles, looks into eerie lights in a North Carolina cemetery.
2
2 THE MERMAID CHAIR (Viking, $24.95)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Jessie's caregiver trip to her mother's side brings some surprising secrets to light.
3
3 IN THE COMPANY OF CHEERFUL LADIES

(Pantheon, $19.95). By Alexander McCall Smith

Sixth installment of the " No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."
1
4 THE 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.
67
5 NO PLACE LIKE HOME (Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By Mary Higgins Clark. A woman's tragic past looms when her new husband innocently buys her childhood home.
3
6 STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH (Del Rey, $25.95)

By Matthew Stover. The novelization of George Lucas's forthcoming film of "Episode III."
4
7 SATURDAY (Doubleday, $26). By Ian McEwan

February 2003: A London neurosurgeon's day of leisure shifts from the mundane to the life-threatening.
5
8 PREP (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.
12
9 YA-YAS IN BLOOM (HarperCollins, $24.95)

By Rebecca Wells. Vignettes from the lives of the Ya-Ya sisterhood when they first met as girls in the 1930s.
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10 TWO-DOLLAR BILL (Putnam, $25.95). By Stuart Woods

Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is duped by a new client who turns out to be a con man extraordinaire.
2
Nonfiction/General
1 THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalization's colossal impact.
3
2 WINNING (HarperBusiness, $27.95). By Jack Welch

with Suzy Welch. A top-to-bottom guidebook for business management by the former CEO of General Electric.
3
3 BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
15
4 AND ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO ...

(Free Press, $13.95). By Maria Shriver. Advice for girls during their transition from high school to college.
2
5 MY LIFE SO FAR (Random House, $26.95)

By Jane Fonda. The daughter of Hollywood royalty, actress and controversial activist sets the record straight.
3
6 FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen G. Dubner
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7 ON BULLSHIT (Princeton Univ., $9.95)

By Harry G. Frankfurt. A philosophical primer for detecting the phenomenon in our culture today.
5
8 GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES: THE SECRET LIFE OF

A CRITIC IN DISGUISE (Penguin Press, $24.95)

By Ruth Reichl. Stealth and costumes at the dinner table.
2
9 AMERICA (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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10 ASSASSINATION VACATION (Simon & Schuster, $21)

By Sarah Vowell. An offbeat holiday touring sites that commemorate our first three slain presidents.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 24, 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 3/28/05 to 04/24/05.)


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