Washington Area Bestsellers
Sunday, May 1, 2005; Page BW11
An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
By Mary Higgins Clark. A serial killer using the moniker "the Owl" targets women at a high school reunion.
P.I. Kinsey Millhone agree to look after a just-paroled heiress, whose former boss is wanted by the Feds.
Alex Delaware's inquiry into a savage double homicide steers him to one victim's celebrity therapist.
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A maniac bent on killing women who resemble an ancient Roman actress threatens Eve Dallas's daughter.
Annie, proprietor of a southern B&B, becomes the prime suspect when her long-missing husband turns up dead.
By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl both comfort and a safe haven.
By Jodi Picoult. Anna, conceived as a donor match for her ill sister, Kate, sues her parents for legal rights at age 13.
By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.
By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.
By Erik Larson. Serial killer Henry Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.
By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
By Barack Obama. A memoir of a challenging, often lonely youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.
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By Ron Chernow. The remarkable life of the Founding Father who went from aide-de-camp to treasury secretary.
By George Weigel. Updated edition of the 1999 biography.
By Asne Seierstad. A journalist's portrait of a family coping with the grim realities of life after war.
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A science reporter, famed for his fraud-debunking articles, looks into eerie lights in a North Carolina cemetery.
By Sue Monk Kidd. Jessie's caregiver trip to her mother's side brings some surprising secrets to light.
Sixth installment of the " No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."
By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a killer's identity.
By Mary Higgins Clark. A woman's tragic past looms when her new husband innocently buys her childhood home.
By Matthew Stover. The novelization of George Lucas's forthcoming film of "Episode III."
February 2003: A London neurosurgeon's day of leisure shifts from the mundane to the life-threatening.
An Indiana teen enrolls at one of Boston's most exclusive private schools, heightening her already anxious state.
By Rebecca Wells. Vignettes from the lives of the Ya-Ya sisterhood when they first met as girls in the 1930s.
Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is duped by a new client who turns out to be a con man extraordinaire.
By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalization's colossal impact.
with Suzy Welch. A top-to-bottom guidebook for business management by the former CEO of General Electric.
The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
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By Jane Fonda. The daughter of Hollywood royalty, actress and controversial activist sets the record straight.
By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen G. Dubner
By Harry G. Frankfurt. A philosophical primer for detecting the phenomenon in our culture today.
By Ruth Reichl. Stealth and costumes at the dinner table.
By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
By Sarah Vowell. An offbeat holiday touring sites that commemorate our first three slain presidents.