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Sunday, August 8, 2004; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 THE NOTEBOOK (Warner, $12.95; $7.50)

By Nicholas Sparks. In this first novel, an unfulfilled teenage romance gets a second chance 14 years later.
8
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.
31
3 THE WEDDING (Warner, $12.95). By Nicholas Sparks

This sequel to Sparks's "The Notebook" has Wilson Lewis vowing to rekindle his 30-year marriage.
5
4 THE TEETH OF THE TIGER (Berkley, $7.99)

By Tom Clancy. A private vigilante corps's ambitious efforts to protect U.S. interests.
1
5 BLEACHERS (Dell, $6.99). By John Grisham

A former high school football star returns to his hometown after he learns that his old coach is dying.
6
6 HELLO, DARKNESS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Sandra Brown. A deejay's advice for the lovelorn prompts an obsessive boyfriend to kidnap his girlfriend.
2
7 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, uncovering some family secrets.11
8 THE BOURNE SUPREMACY (Bantam, $7.99)

By Robert Ludlum. Agent David Webb resumes his Bourne alias to thwart a madman's plot to seize Hong Kong.
4
9 DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown

A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.
30
10 THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (Broadway, $14)

By Lauren Weisberger. A prima donna fashion magazine editor terrorizes her new assistant.
9
Nonfiction/General
1 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
2
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.
28
3 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM

(Plume, $14). By Al Franken. The political humorist and talk show host takes issue with the conservative agenda.
1
4 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? (Warner, $14.95)

By Michael Moore. An evaluation of the current administration topped off with election strategies.
3
5 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.
8
6 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.
24
7 IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BIKE: MY JOURNEY BACK TO LIFE

(Berkley, $14). By Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins

Memoir by the six-time Tour de France champion.
2
8 ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's many ironies.
9
9 RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Picador USA, $14)

By Augusten Burroughs. A coming-of-age memoir chock-full of hilarious and downright disturbing moments.
9
10 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.
24
Hardcover
Fiction
1 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.
31
2 SKINNY DIP (Knopf, $24.95). By Carl Hiaasen

A sleazy biologist, concealing an agribusiness's Everglades pollution, is undone by the wife he thought he murdered.
3
3 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.
12
4 LOST CITY (Putnam, $26.95). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos. A protein found in the ocean's depths, able to extend life, is key to a plot of world domination.
1
5 R IS FOR RICOCHET (Putnam, $26.95). By Sue Grafton

P.I. Kinsey Millhone agrees to look after a just-paroled heiress, whose former boss is wanted by the Feds.
3
6 SAM'S LETTERS TO JENNIFER (Little, Brown, $24.95)

By James Patterson. A Chicago columnist and widow finds a cache of letters written to her by her grandmother.
5
7 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
31
8 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.
25
9 GOTHAM DIARIES (Hyperion, $21.95)

By Tonya Lewis Lee & Crystal McCrary Anthony. A social satire set amid Manhattan's tony African-American set.
1
10 TEN BIG ONES (St. Martin's, $25.95)

By Janet Evanovich. This Stephanie Plum mystery finds the intrepid bounty hunter targeted by a gang member.
6
Nonfiction/General
1 MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton

The former president's lengthy reminiscences of his tumultuous childhood and political achievements.
6
2 IMPERIAL HUBRIS: WHY THE WEST IS LOSING THE

WAR ON TERROR (Brassey's, $27.50). By Anonymous

A CIA agent's compelling arguments for policy change.
4
3 SHADOW DIVERS (Random House, $26.95)

By Robert Kurson. A pair of American divers' near-obsessive effort to identify a submerged WWII U-boat.
5
4 FREE CULTURE (Penguin Press, $24.95)

By Lawrence Lessig. An analysis of the lethal impact of the copyright wars on societal innovation and creativity.
1
5 DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Little, Brown, $24.95). By David Sedaris. Another round of comical, often self-deprecating essays.
9
6 FATHER JOE: THE MAN WHO SAVED MY SOUL

(Random House, $24.95). By Tony Hendra. The life-altering influences of a kindly Benedictine monk.
9
7 LOSING AMERICA: CONFRONTING A RECKLESS

AND ARROGANT PRESIDENCY (Norton, $23.95)

By Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Registering disapproval.
2
8 ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Penguin Press, $35)

By Ron Chernow. The remarkable life of the Founding Father who went from aide-de-camp to treasury secretary.
13
9 INSIDE THE KINGDOM: MY LIFE IN SAUDI ARABIA

(Warner, $23.95). By Carmen bin Ladin. A memoir by the former wife of Osama bin Laden's older brother.
2
10 HOMEGROWN DEMOCRAT: A FEW PLAIN THOUGHTS

FROM THE HEART OF AMERICA (Viking, $19.95)

By Garrison Keillor. Short essays on liberalism's virtues.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended August 1, 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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