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Sunday, November 14, 2004; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 BLUE DAHLIA (Jove, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Widowed Stella Rothschild and her sons move into the Harper mansion, an estate haunted by a troubled spirit.
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2 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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3 SKIPPING CHRISTMAS (Dell, $6.99). By John Grisham

A couple, jaded by all the material trappings of the holidays, vows to have a year without Christmas.
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4 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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5 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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6 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.25
7 THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN (Warner, $5.99)

By David Baldacci. A journalist, forced to travel cross-country by train, finds unexpected rewards.
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8 THE SINISTER PIG (HarperTorch, $7.99)

By Tony Hillerman. Sgt. Jim Chee and now-retired Lt. Joe Leaphorn deal with murder and mismanaged tribal funds.
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9 EMMA'S SECRET (St. Martin's, $7.99)

By Barbara Taylor Bradford. Emma Harte, from Bradford's "A Woman of Substance," returns via her diaries.
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10 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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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 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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4 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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5 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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6 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE

AND INHERITANCE
(Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. Memoir by the senator-elect.
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7 DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT!: KNOW YOUR

VALUES AND FRAME THE DEBATE (Chelsea Green, $10)

By George Lakoff. A playbook for progressive activists.
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8 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (Da Capo, $15.95)

By H.G. Bissinger. A year spent observing the obsession with high school football in small town Odessa, Tex.
5
9 NIGHT (Bantam, $5.99). By Elie Wiesel

The Nobel laureate's terrifying account of his four years spent in a concentration camp during World War II.
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10 PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $14)

By Bob Woodward. Assessing the administration's motivations behind green-lighting the war in Iraq.
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Hardcover
Fiction
1 HOUR GAME (Warner, $26.95). By David Baldacci

A murderer, mimicking the modus operandi of notorious serial killers, menaces the hamlet of Wrightsburg, Va.
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2 METRO GIRL (HarperCollins, $26.95)

By Janet Evanovich. Alex Barnaby hits Miami and points beyond in a risky gamble to locate her missing brother.
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3 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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4 THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA (Houghton Mifflin, $26)

By Philip Roth. In this imagined history, Charles Lindbergh, as a Nazi sympathizer, is elected U.S. president.
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5 ECHOES (Delacorte, $27). By Danielle Steel

Spanning both world wars, this tale chronicles the romance between a Jewish woman and a Catholic aristocrat.
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6 THE DA VINCI CODE: SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION

(Doubleday, $35). By Dan Brown. The art and cryptology thriller with hundreds of apropos photos and images.
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7 LIGHT ON SNOW (Little, Brown, $24.95)

By Anita Shreve. The emotional repercussions of a father and daughter's discovery of an abandoned infant.
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8 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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9 NORTHERN LIGHTS (Putnam, $25.95). By Nora Roberts

The usual tranquility of Lunacy, Alaska, is ruffled when a resident, missing for 16 years, is discovered murdered.
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10 TO THE LAST MAN (Ballantine, $27.95). By Jeff Shaara

Actual historical figures are woven into this tale of World War I, vividly depicting the horrors of the Western Front.
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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 HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON

(Knopf, $26.95). By Joseph J. Ellis. A biography of the statesman from British army soldier to U.S. president.
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3 WHEN WILL JESUS BRING THE PORK CHOPS?

(Hyperion, $23.95). By George Carlin. The comedian's mocking riffs on America's social and political climate.
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4 HOW TO TALK TO A LIBERAL (IF YOU MUST)

(Crown Forum, $26.95). By Ann Coulter. The conservative pundit sizes up the American political scene.
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5 WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW

CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

(Metropolitan, $24). By Thomas Frank
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6 CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE

(Simon & Schuster, $24). By Bob Dylan. The singer and songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life.
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7 THE LAST SEASON: A TEAM IN SEARCH OF ITS SOUL

(Penguin Press, $24.95). By Phil Jackson with Michael

Arkush. The final season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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8 HALLELUJAH! THE WELCOME TABLE: A LIFETIME

OF MEMORIES WITH RECIPES (Random House, $29.95)

By Maya Angelou. Recalling family and culinary morsels.
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9 THE COMPLETE CARTOONS OF THE NEW YORKER

(Black Dog & Levanthal, $60). Ed. by Robert Mankoff

"Best of" book; two CDs containing all cartoons published.
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10 LET ME TELL YOU A STORY: A LIFETIME IN THE GAME

(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Red Auerbach &

John Feinstein. Life of the legendary Celtics coach.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 7, 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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