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Sunday, March 20, 2005; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 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.
23
2 THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD (Perennial, $13.95)

By Zora Neale Hurston. The story of Janie Crawford, an African American woman struggling with identity.
1
3 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.41
4 THE BOURNE LEGACY (St. Martin's, $7.99)

By Eric Van Lustbader. David Webb (alias of now-retired covert CIA agent Jason Bourne) is framed for murder.
2
5 MURDER LIST (Ballantine, $7.99). By Julie Garwood

Regan, a hotel heiress, finds her life in jeopardy after she helps a journalist scrutinize a shady self-help guru.
2
6 BLOWOUT (Jove, $7.99). By Catherine Coulter

The grisly murder of a Supreme Court justice marshals FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to action.
3
7 THE CALHOUNS: SUZANNA AND MEGAN

(Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts. Romance novellas featuring one Calhoun sister and a Calhoun sister-in-law.
3
8 THE LAST JUROR (Dell, $7.99). By John Grisham

The scion of a small town's wealthy and corrupt family vows revenge on the jury that convicted him of murder.
12
9 DIVINE EVIL (Bantam, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Clare Kimball returns to her hometown to confront the nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.
2
10 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
61
Nonfiction/General
1 THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.
11
2 READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
58
3 GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
14
4 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.
54
5 BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATS GONE BAD (Workman, $9.95). By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.
4
6 THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS: SPACE, TIME, AND

THE TEXTURE OF REALITY (Vintage, $15.95)

By Brian Greene. From Newton to string theory.
5
7 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. A memoir of a challenging, often lonely youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.
29
8 DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT: KNOW YOUR VALUES

AND FRAME THE DEBATE (Chelsea Green, $10)

By George Lakoff. A playbook for conservative activists.
14
9 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.
24
10 LEAP OF FAITH: MEMOIRS OF AN UNEXPECTED LIFE

(Miramax, $13.95). By Queen Noor. Her journey from American youth (née Lisa Halaby) to Jordanian monarch.
1
Hardcover
Fiction
1 HONEYMOON (Little, Brown, $27.95)

By James Patterson & Howard Roughan. An FBI agent suspects the alluring fiancée in a wealthy banker's death.
3
2 PREP (Random House, $21.95). By Curtis Sittenfeld

An Indiana teen enrolls at one of Boston's most exclusive private schools, heightening her already anxious state.
6
3 THE BROKER (Doubleday, $27.95). By John Grisham

The CIA finagles the release of an attorney from federal prison to gain access to a satellite surveillance system.
9
4 COLD SERVICE (Putnam, $24.95). By Robert B. Parker

Spenser comes to the aid of his longtime friend, Hawk, who is seriously wounded in a hit by the Ukrainian mob.
1
5 IMPOSSIBLE (Delacorte, $27). By Danielle Steel

The owner of an influential gallery begins a tempestuous affair with a younger, somewhat Bohemian artist.
2
6 THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a killer's identity.
61
7 THE RISING: BEFORE THEY WERE LEFT BEHIND

(Tyndale House, $25.99). By Tim LaHaye &

Jerry B. Jenkins. A prequel to the "Left Behind" series.
2
8 VANISHING ACTS (Atria, $25). By Jodi Picoult

A young woman is forced to confront the painful reality that she was kidnapped as a child by her own father.
2
9 PRINCE OF FIRE (Putnam, $25.95). By Daniel Silva

Art restorer and reluctant Mossad agent Gabriel Allon is recalled to Israel when his cover is compromised.
3
10 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
60
Nonfiction/General
1 BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
9
2 COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL

OR SUCCEED (Viking, $29.95). By Jared Diamond

The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
11
3 PERFECT MADNESS: MOTHERHOOD IN THE

AGE OF ANXIETY (Riverhead, $23.95). By Judith Warner

The perils of micromanaging children's lives.
1
4 PLAN B: FURTHER THOUGHTS ON FAITH

(Riverhead, $24.95). By Anne Lamott. Two dozen essays expounding on faith's meaning in her day-to-day life.
1
5 BLOOD BROTHER: 33 REASONS MY BROTHER

SCOTT PETERSON IS GUILTY (Regan, $25.95)

By Anne Bird. Peterson's sister weighs in.
2
6 AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION
(Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
23
7 WHEN ALL THE WORLD WAS YOUNG: A MEMOIR

(Bloomsbury USA, $24.95). By Barbara Holland

A memoir of WWII-era Washington.
1
8 MEN IN BLACK: HOW THE SUPREME COURT IS

DESTROYING AMERICA (Regnery, $27.95)

By Mark R. Levin. Taking issue with "judicial activism."
5
9 GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG

AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT

(HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95). By Jim Wallis
8
10 A DEADLY GAME: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE SCOTT

PETERSON INVESTIGATION
(ReganBooks, $27.95)

By Catherine Crier with Cole Thompson
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 13, 2005. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2005 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 titles appear on a separate, monthly list.)


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