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Sunday, September 26, 2004; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 BLOW FLY (Berkley, $7.99). By Patricia Cornwell

Scarpetta, taking a time-out in Florida to think about her future, helps the local authorities probe a killing spree.
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2 SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.
3
3 THE GOOD EARTH (Washington Square, $14)

By Pearl S. Buck. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a farmer and his wife in the waning days of imperial China.
1
4 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown

The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threaten the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
38
5 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.
15
6 BLACKLIST (Signet, $7.99). By Sara Paretsky

A 45-year-old corpse and an Arab boy suspected of terrorist connections are part of V.I. Warshawski's new case.
3
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, unearthing some family secrets.18
8 FATAL TIDE (Bantam, $7.99). By Iris Johansen

A psychopath in search of an ancient submerged city threatens a marine biologist who may know its location.
3
9 CHARMED & ENCHANTED (Silhouette, $7.99)

By Nora Roberts. Anastasia Donovan, swept up in a romance, is uneasy about sharing her secret -- she's a witch.
3
10 DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown

A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.
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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)
9
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.
35
3 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF

RACE AND INHERITANCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. Memoir by the rising politician.
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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 THE 9/11 REPORT: THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATION

(St. Martin's, $6.99). Details of the National Commission's exhaustive inquiry, including media reports.
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7 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.
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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.
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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.
4
10 AMERICAN DYNASTY: ARISTOCRACY, FORTUNE

AND THE POLITICS OF DECEIT IN THE HOUSE OF BUSH

(Penguin, $15). By Kevin Phillips. The Bush ascendancy.
1
Hardcover
Fiction
1 TRACE (Putnam, $26.95). By Patricia Cornwell

Kay Scarpetta returns to the medical examiner's office to help the new director sort out a young girl's death.
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2 JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL

(Bloomsbury USA, $27.95). By Susanna Clarke

Two English magicians attempt to revive the age of magic.
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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.
38
4 ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? (Morrow, $25.95)

By Sidney Sheldon. The alluring widows of two murdered scientists team up to thwart a plot to control the weather.
1
5 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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6 SAMMY'S HILL (Miramax, $23.95). By Kristin Gore

Work and romance collide in this comic tale of a Senate domestic policy adviser's relationship with a speechwriter.
2
7 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.
19
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.
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9 BLIND ALLEY (Bantam, $25). By Iris Johansen

A maniac bent on killing women resembling an ancient Roman actress threatens Eve Duncan's adopted daughter.
1
10 LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (Atria,$26). By Jennifer Weiner

Becky Rabinowitz narrates this tale of four women who meet at a prenatal yoga class and become fast freinds.
1
Nonfiction/General
1 THE FAMILY: THE REAL STORY OF THE BUSH DYNASTY (Doubleday, $29.95). By Kitty Kelley. An unauthorized examination of three generations of the Bush clan.1
2 CHAIN OF COMMAND: THE ROAD FROM 9/11 TO

ABU GHRAIB
(HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Seymour M. Hersh. An investigative reporter's verdict.
1
3 UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS

SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY (Regnery, $27.95)

By John E. O'Neill & Jerome R. Corsi. A contrary view.
6
4 MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton

The former president's lengthy reminiscences about his tumultuous childhood and political accomplishments.
13
5 AMERICAN SOLDIER (ReganBooks, $27.95)

By Gen. Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell

Memoir by the retired head of the U.S. Central Command.
7
6 BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE (Atria, $26)

By Aron Ralston. The mountaineer relates his ordeal when pinned by a boulder in the Utah Canyon wilderness.
2
7 BUSH MUST GO: THE TOP TEN REASONS GEORGE BUSH

DOESN'T DESERVE A SECOND TERM (Dutton, $21.95)

By Bill Press. The syndicated columnist's passionate plea.
3
8 BUSHWORLD: ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK

(Putnam, $25.95). By Maureen Dowd. A collection of her columns from the op-ed page of the New York Times.
7
9 IMPERIAL HUBRIS: WHY THE WEST IS LOSING THE

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

A CIA agent's arguments for a foreign policy overhaul.
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10 WHERE THE RIGHT WENT WRONG

(Thomas Dunne, $24.95). By Patrick J. Buchanan

Lambasting the White House's neoconservative policies.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 19, 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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