Washington Area Bestsellers
Sunday, August 29, 2004; Page BW11
By Nicholas Sparks. In this first novel, an unfulfilled teenage romance gets a second chance 14 years later.
The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
By Tom Clancy. A private vigilante corps wages an ambitious campaign to protect U.S. interests worldwide.
In this sequel to Sparks's "The Notebook," Wilson Lewis vows to rekindle his 30-year marriage.
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The accidental death of one of the title characters leads to grief and the revelation of some unsettling secrets.
A former high school football star returns to his hometown when he learns that his former coach is dying.
Stranded on the high seas with a Bengal tiger, a young boy relies on his imagination and a bit of faith to survive.
Vignettes in the life of a second-generation Bengali immigrant whose parents settled in Cambridge, Mass.
A vicious attack upon two nuns brings to light a sinister, long-buried mystery at a Boston convent.
ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES
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By Azar Nafisi. A professor's memoir of her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
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By Barack Obama. Memoir by the rising politician.
By Erik Larson. Serial killer Henry Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.
A look at a shocking 1984 murder in the name of religion.
(Free Press, $14). By Ben Mezrich. Winning at blackjack.
By Michael Moore. An evaluation of the current administration topped off with election strategies.
By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's many ironies.
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By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a murderer's identity.
Dustin Thomason. Four roommates at Princeton attempt to unlock the secrets of a 15th-century manuscript.
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By Sandra Brown. Sayre is aghast when she learns of her brother's death -- more so when all signs point to murder.
A sleazy biologist, concealing an agribusiness's Everglades pollution, is undone by the wife he thought he murdered.
The hardcover edition of Brown's thriller revolving around a nefarious group's plot against the Vatican.
By Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson. The sentient machines unleash biological warfare upon humankind.
Paul Kemprecos. A protein found in the ocean's depths, able to extend life, is the key to a plot of world domination.
Medical examiner Maura Isles, a child of adoption, is stunned when a murdered woman is found to be her twin.
By James Patterson. A Chicago columnist and widow finds a cache of letters written to her by her grandmother.
By John E. O'Neill & Jerome R. Corsi. A contrarian view.
By Gen. Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell
Memoir by the retired head of the U.S. Central Command.
The former president's lengthy reminiscences about his tumultuous childhood and political achievements.
A CIA agent's persuasive argument for policy change.
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By Robert Kurson. A pair of American divers' near-obsessive effort to identify a submerged WWII U-boat.
By Stefan Halper & Jonathan Clarke
By Ronald Kessler. A supportive portrait of the West Wing.
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