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Sunday, January 23, 2005; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 THE LAST JUROR (Dell, $7.99). By John Grisham

The scion of a small town's wealthy and corrupt family vows revenge on the jury that convicted him of murder.
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2 3RD DEGREE (Warner, $7.99). By James Patterson &

Andrew Gross. Terrorist acts jolt San Francisco and compel the Women's Murder Club to investigate.
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3 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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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.33
5 THE CALHOUNS: CATHERINE, AMANDA AND LILAH

(Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts. Tales of passion involving three sisters and their ancestral Maine estate.
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6 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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7 DANCE WITH ME (Bantam, $7.50). By Luanne Rice

Romance blossoms between two former NYC residents who, for family reasons, each return to their rural hometown.
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8 TO DIE FOR (Ballantine, $7.99). By Linda Howard

A gym owner, witness to a shooting, is irked when her police protector turns out to be a former beau.
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9 THE SECOND CHAIR (Signet, $7.99). By John Lescroart

A teenager on trial for a double homicide brings attorney Dismas Hardy and cop Abe Glitsky together again.
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10 THE 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.
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Nonfiction/General
1 READING 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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2 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.
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3 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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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 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACK S UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
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8 DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT: KNOW YOUR

VALUES AND FRAME THE DEBATE (Chelsea Green, $10)

By George Lakoff. A playbook for progressive activists.
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9 THE BUSH SURVIVAL BIBLE: 250 WAYS TO MAKE

IT THROUGH THE NEXT FOUR YEARS (Villard, $9.99)

By Gene Stone. Aid for the frustrated and fuming.
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10 GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA,

AFGHANISTAN, AND BIN LADEN ... TO SEPT. 10, 2001

(Penguin, $16). By Steve Coll. Covert machinations.
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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.
1
2 STATE OF FEAR (HarperCollins, $27.95)

By Michael Crichton. Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in order to further their radical agenda.
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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.
53
4 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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5 BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT (Putnam, $26.95)

By W.E.B. Griffin. In this launch of a new series, a Delta Force major is tapped to investigate a plane's hijacking.
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6 CHAINFIRE (Tor, $29.95). By Terry Goodkind

The ninth book in Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" fantasy epic featuring Richard and Kahlan.
2
7 NIGHT FALL (Warner, $26.95). By Nelson DeMille

Anti-terrorist expert John Corey is driven to reassess the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island.
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8 AFTERBURN (Atria, $24.95). By Zane

Yardley, a D.C. chiropractor pining away for his local bank teller, Rayne, finally marshals the courage to ask her out.
2
9 LONDON BRIDGES (Little, Brown, $27.95)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.
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10 ROCKVILLE PIKE (Simon & Schuster, $23)

By Susan Coll. Jane Kramer undergoes something of a midlife crisis when her suburban family life begins to fray.
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Nonfiction/General
1 COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOS TO FAIL

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

The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
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2 BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
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3 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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4 WITNESS: FOR THE PROSECUTION OF SCOTT PETERSON (ReganBooks, $25.95). By Amber Frey. Intimate details from the first blind date to the media-frenzied trial.2
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.
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6 WINNING THE FUTURE: A 21ST CENTURY CONTRACT

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

Five areas of concern for the new administration.
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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.
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8 THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE: THE NEW

SUPERPOWER AND THE END OF AMERICAN SUPREMACY

(Penguin Press, $25.95). By T.R. Reid
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9 ANIMALS IN TRANSLATION: USING THE MYSTERIES

OF AUTISM TO DECODE ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

(Scribner, $25). By Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson
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10 WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW

CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

(Metropolitan, $24). By Thomas Frank
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended January 16, 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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