Washington Area Bestsellers
Sunday, June 27, 2004; Page BW11
|1|| 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.
|2|| ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
|3|| ANNA KARENINA (Penguin, $16). By Leo Tolstoy|
An illicit affair and its tragic consequences set amid the milieu of 19th-century Russian high society.
|4|| DARK HORSE (Bantam, $7.99). By Tami Hoag|
A former cop delves into the seedy side of the equestrian world to find a missing teenager being held for ransom.
|5|| 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.
|6|| DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.
|7|| 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.
|8|| 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.
|9|| THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER (Mariner, $12)|
By Carson McCullers. A lonely girl and a deaf-mute man form an emotional, special camaraderie in 1930s Georgia.
|10|| THE KNOWN WORLD (Amistad, $13.95)|
By Edward P. Jones. The tangled relationship between an ex-slave (and plantation owner) and his former master.
|1|| READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)|
By Azar Nafisi. A professor's memoir of her clandestine Western literature discussion group 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|| BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE|
(Simon & Schuster, $16.95). By Walter Isaacson. The accomplished life of the politician, inventor and diplomat.
|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|| 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.
|6|| 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.
|7|| STUPID WHITE MEN ... AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR|
THE S TATE OF THE NATION (ReganBooks, $13.95)
By Michael Moore. Biting critiques on a range of issues.
|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.
|9|| ABRAHAM: A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THREE FAITHS|
(Perennial, $12.95). By Bruce Feiler. The biblical patriarch's role in Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
|10|| LIVING HISTORY (Scribner, $16)|
By Hillary Rodham Clinton. The senator and former first lady offers a new afterword in this edition of her memoir.
|1|| THE RULE OF FOUR (Dial, $24). By Ian Caldwell &|
Dustin Thomason. Four roommates at Princeton attempt to unlock the secrets of a 15th-century manuscript.
|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|| SONG OF SUSANNAH: THE DARK TOWER VI|
(Scribner, $30). By Stephen King. In this penultimate book of the series, time travel aids the gunslingers' quest.
|4|| THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN|
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
|5|| BLOWOUT (Putnam, $25.95). By Catherine Coulter|
The grisly murder of a Supreme Court justice marshals FBI agents Savich & Lacey to action.
|6|| 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.
|7|| GRANT COMES EAST (St. Martin's, $24.95)|
By Newt Gingrich & William R. Forstchen. Civil War history is reimagined in this sequel to "Gettysburg."
|8|| MONDAY MOURNING (Scribner, $25). By Kathy Reichs|
A trio of skeletons found in a pizza parlor basement lead forensic scientist Tempe Brennan to suspect a serial killer.
|9|| THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB (Putnam, $23.95)|
By Karen Joy Fowler. Heady emotions and intimate secrets arise amid the book club's discussions of the Austen canon.
|10|| A GOOD YEAR (Knopf, $24). By Peter Mayle|
When a London financier inherits a Provenšal vineyard, he jettisons his less-than-stellar career and moves there.
|1|| DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM|
(Little, Brown, $24.95). By David Sedaris. Another round of amusing, self-deprecating essays.
|2|| BIG RUSS & ME: FATHER AND SON: LESSONS OF LIFE|
(Miramax, $22.95). By Tim Russert. A memoir by the NBC journalist, including a tribute to his father.
|3|| PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $28)|
By Bob Woodward. Assessing the motivations behind the administration's green-lighting of the war in Iraq.
|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|| BATTLE READY (Putnam, $28.95). By Tom Clancy|
with Gen. Tony Zinni & Tony Koltz. The four-decade career of the retired head of the U.S. Central Command.
|7|| A PRETEXT FOR WAR: 9/11, IRAQ, AND THE ABUSE OF|
AMERICA'S INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES
(Doubleday, $26.95). By James Bamford
|8|| CADDY FOR LIFE: THE BRUCE EDWARDS STORY|
(Little, Brown, $25.95). By John Feinstein. The career of the popular pro-tour caddy who passed away in April 2004.
|9|| FOUNDING MOTHERS: THE WOMEN WHO RAISED|
OUR NATION (Morrow, $24.95). By Cokie Roberts
Documenting the contributions of wives and mothers.
|10|| GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA,|
AFGHANISTAN, AND BIN LADEN ... TO SEPT. 10, 2001
(Penguin Press, $29.95). By Steve Coll
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended June 20, 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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