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Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, October 17, 2004; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 THE BIG BAD WOLF (Warner, $7.99)

By James Patterson. FBI novice Alex Cross matches wits with a Russian mobster trafficking in sexual slavery.
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2 WINNER TAKES ALL (Silhouette, $7.99)

By Nora Roberts. Two of Roberts's novels, "Rules of the Game" and "The Name of the Game," now back in print.
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3 BLOW FLY (Berkley, $7.99). By Patricia Cornwell

Scarpetta, taking a time-out in Florida to think about her future, helps the local authorities probe a killing spree.
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4 SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.
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5 SACRED STONE (Berkley, $15.00). By Clive Cussler

& Craig Dirgo. The mercenary crew of the warship "Oregon" attempts to secure a radioactive artifact.
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6 THE GOOD EARTH (Washington Square, $14)

By Pearl S. Buck. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a farmer and his wife in the waning days of imperial China.
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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.
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8 THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini

An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled homeland in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
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9 THE TRISTAN BETRAYAL (St. Martin's, $7.99)

By Robert Ludlum. An American playboy and spy living in occupied Paris is sent to Russia on a sensitive mission.
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10 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.21
Nonfiction/General
1 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
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2 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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3 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular history of science's grandest achievements.
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4 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE

(Back Bay, $14.95). By James Bradley. The brutal captivity of eight American POWs held by Japanese forces.
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5 THE OFFICIAL FAHRENHEIT 9/11 READER

(Simon & Schuster, $14). By Michael Moore. Screenplay and sources for the prize-winning documentary.
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6 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF

RACE AND INHERITANCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. Memoir by the rising politician.
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7 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: A TOWN, A TEAM,

AND A DREAM
(Da Capo, $15.95). By H.G. Bissinger

The football obsession in small town Odessa, Tex.
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8 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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9 HEART FULL OF LIES: A TRUE STORY OF

DESIRE AND DEATH (Pocket, $7.99). By Ann Rule

A fall 2000 camping trip in Oregon turns deadly.
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10 PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $14)

By Bob Woodward. Assessing the motivations behind the administration's green-lighting of the war in Iraq.
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Hardcover
Fiction
1 THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA (Houghton Mifflin, $26)

By Philip Roth. An alternate history in which Charles Lindbergh, as Nazi sympathizer, is elected U.S. president.
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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.
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3 TRACE (Putnam, $26.95). By Patricia Cornwell

Kay Scarpetta returns to the medical examiner's office to help the new director sort out a young girl's death.
5
4 THE DARK TOWER: THE DARK TOWER VII

(Donald M. Grant, $35). By Stephen King. An epic series concludes as the gunslingers reach the dreaded tower.
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5 SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER (Dial, $23.00)

By Sophie Kinsella. On her return from her honeymoon (or was it a shopping spree?), Becky learns she has a half-sister.
2
6 THE GIFT (Silhouette, $16.95). By Nora Roberts

Two holiday tales from the romance writer: "All I Want for Christmas" and "Home for the Holidays."
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7 NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS (Dutton, $25.95)

By Maeve Binchy. A tragedy at a Greek seaside village brings four disparate travelers together.
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8 ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? (Morrow, $25.95)

By Sidney Sheldon. The alluring widows of two murdered scientists team up to thwart a plot to control the weather.
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9 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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10 JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL

(Bloomsbury USA, $27.95). By Susanna Clarke

Two English magicians hope to revive the age of magic.
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Nonfiction/General
1 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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2 HOW TO TALK TO A LIBERAL (IF YOU MUST)

(Crown Forum, $26.95). By Ann Coulter. The conservative pundit maps out the American political scene.
1
3 CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE

(Simon & Schuster, $24). By Bob Dylan. The singer and songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life.
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4 THE FAMILY: THE REAL STORY OF THE BUSH DYNASTY

(Doubleday, $29.95). By Kitty Kelley. An unauthorized examination of three generations of the Bush clan.
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5 CHAIN OF COMMAND: THE ROAD FROM 9/11 TO

ABU GHRAIB (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Seymour M. Hersh. An investigative reporter's verdict.
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6 UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS

SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY (Regnery, $27.95)

By John E. O'Neill & Jerome R. Corsi. A contrary view.
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7 MAGICAL THINKING: TRUE STORIES

(St. Martin's, $23.95). By Augusten Burroughs

A collection of droll, often personal essays.
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8 THE WORLD'S BANKER (Penguin Press, $29.95)

By Sebastian Mallaby. A portrait of James Wolfensohn's tenure at the World Bank and the changes he wrought.
2
9 WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE BECAME

SHAKESPEARE (Norton, $26.95)

By Stephen Greenblatt. National Book Award nominee.
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10 MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton

The former president reflects on his tumultuous childhood and political accomplishments.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 10, 2004. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2004 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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