Washington Area Bestsellers
Sunday, July 11, 2004; Page BW11
|1|| BLEACHERS (Dell, $6.99). By John Grisham|
A former high school football star returns to his hometown when he learns that his old coach is dying.
|2|| THE NOTEBOOK (Warner, $7.50; $12.95)|
By Nicholas Sparks. A first novel about an unfulfilled teenage romance that gets a second chance 14 years later.
|3|| ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
|4|| BLIND SIDE (Jove, $7.99). By Catherine Coulter|
While on the hunt for a serial killer, married FBI agents Savich & Sherlock must deal with a child kidnapping.
|5|| THE WEDDING (Warner, $12.95). By Nicholas Sparks|
In this sequel to Sparks's "The Notebook," Wilson Lewis vows to rekindle his 30-year marriage.
|6|| DIGITAL FORTRESS (St. Martin's, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
A former NSA operative develops an impenetrable code that may imperil the viability of U.S. intelligence.
|7|| THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into the death of a poodle, unearthing some family secrets.||7|
|8|| WHEN HE WAS WICKED (Avon, $6.99). By Julia Quinn|
In this Regency-era romance, a merry rogue falls for his cousin's wife before she becomes a widow.
|9|| THE LOVELY BONES (Back Bay, $13.95). By Alice Sebold|
From her perch in heaven, a young girl witnesses the impact of her brutal murder on friends and family.
|10|| ANNA KARENINA (Penguin, $16). By Leo Tolstoy|
An illicit affair and its tragic consequences set amid the milieu of 19th-century Russian high society.
|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.
|2|| UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN: A STORY OF|
VIOLENT FAITH (Anchor, $14.95). By Jon Krakauer
A look at a shocking 1984 murder in the name of religion.
|3|| STUPID WHITE MEN ... AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR|
THE STATE OF THE NATION (ReganBooks, $13.95)
By Michael Moore. Biting critiques on a range of issues.
|4|| ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)|
By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's many ironies.
|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.
|6|| BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: THE INSIDE STORY OF SIX|
M.I.T. STUDENTS WHO TOOK VEGAS FOR MILLIONS
(Free Press, $14). By Ben Mezrich. Winning at blackjack.
|7|| TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (Broadway, $12.95)|
By Mitch Albom. The sportswriter chronicles his emotional reunion with his mentor from college days.
|8|| BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE|
(Simon & Schuster, $16.95). By Walter Isaacson. The accomplished life of the politician, inventor and diplomat.
|9|| LIVING HISTORY (Scribner, $16.00)|
By Hillary Rodham Clinton. The senator and former first lady offers a new afterword in this edition of her memoir.
|10|| A ROYAL DUTY (Signet, $7.99). By Paul Burrell|
The former royal butler describes his relationship -- both personal and professional -- with Diana, Princess of Wales.
|1|| SAM'S LETTERS TO JENNIFER (Little, Brown, $24.95)|
By James Patterson. A Chicago columnist and widow finds a cache of letters her ailing grandmother wrote to her.
|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.
|3|| THE RULE OF FOUR (Dial, $24). By Ian Caldwell &|
Dustin Thomason. Four Princeton roommates attempt to unlock the secrets of a 15th-century manuscript.
|4|| TEN BIG ONES (St. Martin's, $25.95)|
By Janet Evanovich. This zany Stephanie Plum mystery has the intrepid bounty hunter targeted by a gang member.
|5|| THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN|
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
|6|| SECOND CHANCE (Delacorte, $20). By Danielle Steel|
The vivacious editor of a glossy fashion magazine has a rocky romance and marriage with a reticent ad exec.
|7|| ANGELS & DEMONS (Atria, $19.95). By Dan Brown|
The hardcover edition of Brown's thriller revolving around a nefarious group's plot against the Vatican.
|8|| SONG OF SUSANNAH: THE DARK TOWER VI|
(Scribner, $30). By Stephen King. In this penultimate book in the series, time travel aids the gunslingers' quest.
|9|| THE BOURNE LEGACY (St. Martin's, $25.95)|
By Eric Van Lustbader. Jason Bourne (alias of now-retired covert CIA agent David Webb) is framed for murder.
|10|| BLOWOUT (Putnam, $25.95). By Catherine Coulter|
The grisly murder of a Supreme Court justice sends FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock into action.
|1|| MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton|
The former president's lengthy reminiscences of his tumultuous childhood and his political accomplishments.
|2|| DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM|
(Little, Brown, $24.95). By David Sedaris. Another round of amusing, self-deprecating essays.
|3|| SHADOW DIVERS: THE TRUE ADVENTURE ... TO SOLVE|
ONE OF THE LAST MYSTERIES OF WORLD WAR II
(Random House, $26.95). By Robert Kurson
|4|| FATHER JOE: THE MAN WHO SAVED MY SOUL|
(Random House, $24.95). By Tony Hendra. The life-altering influence of a kindly Benedictine monk.
|5|| ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Penguin Press, $35)|
By Ron Chernow. The remarkable life of the Founding Father who went from aide-de-camp to treasury secretary.
|6|| PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $28)|
By Bob Woodward. Assessing the motivations behind the administration's green-lighting of the war in Iraq.
|7|| BIG RUSS & ME: FATHER AND SON: LESSONS OF LIFE|
(Miramax, $22.95). By Tim Russert. A memoir by the NBC journalist, which includes a tribute to his father.
|8|| OBLIVIOUSLY ON HE SAILS: THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION|
IN RHYME (Random House, $12.95). By Calvin Trillin
Twelve sections of verse satirizing White House policies.
|9|| ON THE DOWN LOW: A JOURNEY INTO THE LIVES OF|
"STRAIGHT" BLACK MEN WHO SLEEP WITH MEN
(Broadway, $21.95). By J.L. King
|10|| FOUNDING MOTHERS: THE WOMEN WHO RAISED|
OUR NATION (Morrow, $24.95). By Cokie Roberts
Documenting the contributions of wives and mothers.
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 4, 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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