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Sunday, March 13, 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.
22
2 THE CALHOUNS: SUZANNA AND MEGAN

(Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts. Romance novellas featuring one Calhoun sister and a Calhoun sister-in-law.
2
3 BLOWOUT (Jove, $7.99). By Catherine Coulter

The grisly murder of a Supreme Court justice spurs FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to action.
2
4 MURDER LIST (Ballantine, $7.99). By Julie Garwood

Regan, a hotel heiress, finds her life in jeopardy after she helps a journalist scrutinize a shady self-help guru.
1
5 THE NARROWS (Warner, $7.99). By Michael Connelly

The serial killer "the Poet" strikes again, and a close friend of Harry Bosch is the latest victim.
2
6 THE BOURNE LEGACY (St. Martin's Press, $7.99)

By Eric Van Lustbader. Jason Bourne (alias of now-retired covert CIA agent David Webb) is framed for murder.
1
7 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.40
8 DIVINE EVIL (Bantam, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Clare Kimball returns to her hometown to confront the nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.
1
9 THE LAST JUROR (Dell, $7.99). By John Grisham

The scion of a small town's wealthy clan vows revenge on the jury that convicted him of murder.
11
10 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
60
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.
10
2 READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
57
3 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.
28
4 GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
13
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.
53
6 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.
3
7 DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT: KNOW YOUR VALUES

AND FRAME THE DEBATE (Chelsea Green, $10)

By George Lakoff. A playbook for progressive activists.
13
8 HYPOCRITE IN A POUFFY WHITE DRESS: TALES

OF GROWING UP GROOVY AND CLUELESS

(Warner, $12.95). By Susan Jane Gilman
1
9 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.
23
10 FABRIC OF THE COSMOS: SPACE, TIME, AND

THE TEXTURE OF REALITY (Vintage, $15.95)

By Brian Greene. From Newton to string theory.
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Hardcover
Fiction
1 HONEYMOON (Little, Brown, $27.95)

By James Patterson & Howard Roughan. An FBI agent suspects the alluring fiancée in a wealthy banker's death.
2
2 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.
5
3 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.
8
4 IMPOSSIBLE (Delacorte, $27). By Danielle Steel

The owner of an influential gallery begins a tempestuous affair with a younger, somewhat Bohemian artist.
1
5 THE RISING: BEFORE THEY WERE LEFT BEHIND

(Tyndale House, $25.99). By Tim LaHaye &

Jerry B. Jenkins. A prequel to the "Left Behind" series.
1
6 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
59
7 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.
60
8 PRINCE OF FIRE (Putnam, $25.95). By Daniel Silva

Art restorer and reluctant Mossad agent Gabriel Allon is recalled to Israel when his cover is compromised.
2
9 VANISHING ACTS (Atria, $25). By Jodi Picoult

A young woman is forced to confront the painful reality that she was kidnapped as a child by her own father.
1
10 STATE OF FEAR (HarperCollins, $27.95)

By Michael Crichton. Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in an effort to further their radical agenda.
12
Nonfiction/General
1 BLINK : THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
8
2 BLOOD BROTHER: 33 REASONS MY BROTHER

SCOTT PETERSON IS GUILTY (ReganBooks, $25.95)

By Anne Bird. Peterson's sister weighs in.
1
3 COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL

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

The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
10
4 DISNEYWAR (Simon & Schuster, $29.95)

By James B. Stewart. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter tells of civil war inside the Magic Kingdom.
3
5 GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG

AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT

(HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95). By Jim Wallis
7
6 AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION
(Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
22
7 TAKING HEAT: THE PRESIDENT, THE PRESS, AND

MY YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE (Morrow, $26.95)

By Ari Fleischer. Reflections of a former press secretary.
1
8 CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN

(Berrett-Koehler, $24.95). By John Perkins. Charges of financial malfeasance at the expense of developing nations.
3
9 JUICED: WILD TIMES, RAMPANT 'ROIDS, SMASH

HITS, AND HOW BASEBALL GOT BIG

(ReganBooks, $25.95). By Jose Canseco
3
10 MEN IN BLACK: HOW THE SUPREME COURT IS

DESTROYING AMERICA (Regnery, $27.95)

By Mark R. Levin. Taking issue with "judicial activism."
4

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 6, 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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