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Sunday, February 20, 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 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.
8
3 THE ZERO GAME (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By Brad Meltzer. Wagering on the outcome of pending legislation turns deadly for two Capitol Hill Staffers.
3
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.37
5 DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN: BOOK ONE:

PRODIGAL SON
(Bantam, $7.99). By Dean R. Koontz &

Kevin J. Anderson. Frankenstein in the 21st century.
3
6 3RD DEGREE (Warner, $7.99). By James Patterson &

Andrew Gross. Terrorist acts jolt San Francisco, prompting the Women's Murder Club to investigate.
7
7 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown

The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
57
8 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.
5
9 LOVE OVERBOARD (HarperTorch, $7.50)

By Janet Evanovich. An early Evanovich yarn in which a detective leaves the city to open a bed & breakfast in Maine.
3
10 THE FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE (Anchor, $11.95)

By Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe assists the local hairdresser in sorting out prospective suitors.
1
Nonfiction/General
1 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. A memoir of a challenging youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.
25
2 READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor reflects on her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
54
3 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.
7
4 GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
10
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.
50
6 DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT: KNOW YOUR VALUES

AND FRAME THE DEBATE (Chelsea Green, $10)

By George Lakoff. A playbook for progressive activists.
10
7 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.
20
8 RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Picador USA, $14)

By Augusten Burroughs. A coming-of-age memoir chock-full of hilarious and downright disturbing moments.
11
9 THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS: SPACE, TIME, AND

THE
TEXTURE OF REALITY (Vintage, $15.95)

By Brian Greene. From Newton to string theory.
1
10 GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA,

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

(Penguin, $16). By Steve Coll. Covert operations.
4
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.
5
2 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.
57
3 STATE OF FEAR (HarperCollins, $27.95)

By Michael Crichton. Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in order to further their radical agenda.
9
4 SURVIVOR IN DEATH (Putnam, $23.95). By J.D. Robb

Eve Dallas, a cop in mid-21st-century NYC, faces a murder in which the only witness is a 10-year-old girl.
2
5 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
56
6 PREP (Random House, $21.95). By Curtis Sittenfeld

An Indiana teen enrolls at one of Boston's most exclusive private schools, heightening her already insecure state.
2
7 I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS (FSG, $28.95)

By Tom Wolfe. At elite Dupont University, a naive freshman finds socializing to be just as rigorous as class.
10
8 CONVICTION (Random House, $25.95)

By Richard North Patterson. With an execution looming, a lawyer struggles to spare a man she believes to be innocent.
3
9 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.
5
10 THE DA VINCI CODE: SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION

(Doubleday, $35). By Dan Brown. Hundreds of photos and images supplement the art and cryptology thriller.
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.
5
2 COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL

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

The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
7
3 AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION
(Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
19
4 GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG

AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT

(HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95). By Jim Wallis
4
5 MEN IN BLACK: HOW THE SUPREME COURT IS

DESTROYING AMERICA
(Regnery, $27.95)

By Mark R. Levin. Taking issue with "judicial activism."
1
6 HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON

(Knopf, $26.95). By Joseph J. Ellis. A biography of the statesman from British army soldier to U.S. president.
14
7 IT'S MY PARTY TOO: THE BATTLE FOR THE HEART OF

THE GOP AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICA

(Penguin Press, $24.95). By Christine Todd Whitman
1
8 WINNING THE FUTURE: A 21ST CENTURY CONTRACT

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

Five areas of concern for the new administration.
5
9 102 MINUTES: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE FIGHT TO

SURVIVE INSIDE THE TWIN TOWERS (Times, $26)

By Jim Dwyer & Kevin Flynn. From 8:46 a.m. to 10:28 a.m.
1
10 THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY: THE POWER OF FREEDOM

TO OVERCOME TYRANNY & TERROR

(PublicAffairs, $26.95). By Natan Sharansky
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended February 13, 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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