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The Top 100 National Bestsellers of 2004

Sunday, December 5, 2004; Page BW17

Here, in an exclusive release to The Washington Post, is a look at Nielsen BookScan's top sellers for the entire year. It's a fascinating list, from One Hundred Years of Solitude to Who Moved My Cheese?, and represents sales of about 450 million books throughout the country.

What you should know as you peruse it: The No.1 book sold 2.6 million more copies than the No. 100 book, and it sold more than three times as many copies as No. 10. And a heartwarming note for aspiring writers-there are six first novels among the 55 fiction titles.

The books are divided here by category. Numbers in parentheses refer to a book's position in the overall 100.

Fiction Hardcover

1 THE DA VINCI CODE By Dan Brown. Doubleday, $24.95 (1)
2 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN By Mitch Albom. Hyperion, $19.95 (5)
3 THE LAST JUROR By John Grisham. Doubleday, $27.95 (11)
4 ANGELS & DEMONS By Dan Brown. Atria, $19.95 (13)
5 THE RULE OF FOUR By Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason. Dial, $24 (18)
6 THE GLORIOUS APPEARING: THE END OF DAYS By Tim Lahaye & Jerry B. Jenkins. Tyndale House, $24.99 (48)
7 TRACE By Patricia Cornwell. Putnam, $26.95 (52)
8 3RD DEGREE By James Patterson and Andrew Gross. Little, Brown, $26.95 (53)
9 SONG OF SUSANNAH: THE DARK TOWER VI By Stephen King. Donald M. Grant, $30 (57)
10 SAM'S LETTERS TO JENNIFER By James Patterson. Little, Brown, $24.95 (67)
11 TEN BIG ONES By Janet Evanovich. St. Martin's, $25.95 (70)
12 SKINNY DIP By Carl Hiaasen. Knopf, $24.95 (72)
13 THE DARK TOWER: THE DARK TOWER VII By Stephen King. Donald M. Grant, $35 (76)
14 R IS FOR RICOCHET By Sue Grafton. PUTNAM, $26.95 (83)
15 NIGHTTIME IS MY TIME By Mary Higgins Clark. Simon & Schuster, $25.95 (95)

Nonfiction Hardcover

1 MY LIFE By Life by Bill Clinton. Knopf, $35 (7)
2 AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY INACTION By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Warner, $24.95 (17)
3 PLAN OF ATTACK By Bob Woodward. Simon & Schuster, $28 (29)
4 AGAINST ALL ENEMIES: INSIDE AMERICA'S WAR ON TERROR By Richard A. Clarke. Free Press, $27 (35)
5 UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY. By John E. O'Neill & Jerome R.Corsi. Regnery, $27.95 (36)
6 BIG RUSS & ME: FATHERAND SON: LESSONS OF LIFE By Tim Russert. Miramax, $22.95 (62)
7 AMERICAN SOLDIER By Gen. Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnelL. ReganBooks, $27.95 (66)
8 DELIVER US FROM EVIL: DEFEATING TERRORISM, DESPOTISM, AND LIBERALISM By Sean Hannity. ReganBooks, $26.95 (75)

Children's Titles

1 THE GRIM GROTTO: A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS: BOOK THE ELEVENTH By Lemony Snicket. HarperCollins, $11.95 (50)
2 ERAGON: INHERITANCE, BOOK ONE By Christopher Paolini. Knopf, $18.95 (51)
3 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX By J.K. Rowling. Scholastic, paperback, $9.99 (55)
4 THE POLAR EXPRESS By Chris Van Allsburg. Houghton Mifflin, $18.95 (65)
5 HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE By J.K. Rowling. Scolastic, $8.99 (79)
6 GOODNIGHT MOON (BOARD BOOK). By Margaret Wise Brown. Illus. by Clement Hurd. HarperFestival, $7.99 (86)
7 OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO! By Dr. Seuss. Random House, $17 (90)
8 THE BAD BEGINNING: A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS: BOOK THE FIRST By Lemony Snicket. HarperCollins, $11.95 (93)
9 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX By J.K. Rowling. Scholastic, $29.99 (96)
10 SUMMER OF THE SEA SERPENT: MAGIC TREE HOUSE BOOK #31 By Mary Pope Osborne. Random House, $11.95 (99)

Nonfiction Paperback

1 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT. Norton, $10 (10)
2 READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN: A MEMOIR IN BOOKS By Azar Nafisi. Random House, $13.95 (21)
3 DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM By David Sedaris. Back Bay, $14.95 (40)
4 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE By Mitch Albom. Broadway, $12.95 (54)
5 THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY By Erik Larson. Vintage, $14.95 (56)
6 A CHILD CALLED "IT": ONE CHILD'S COURAGE TO SURVIVE By Dave Pelzer. Health Communications, $9.95 (98)

Fiction Paperback

1 ANGELS & DEMONS By Dan Brown. Pocket Star, $7.99 (3)
2 DECEPTION POINT By Dan Brown. Pocket, $7.99 (8)
3 DIGITAL FORTRESS By Dan Brown. St. Martin's, $7.99 (9)
4 THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES By Sue Monk Kidd. Penguin, $14 (12)
5 THE KING OF TORTS By John Grisham. Dell, $7.99 (14)
6 THE NOTEBOOK By Nicholas Sparks. Warner Vision, $7.50 (16)
7 ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE By Gabriel García Márquez. Perennial, $14 (24)
8 BLEACHERS By John Grisham. Dell, $6.99 (25)
9 KEY OF VALOR By Nora Roberts. Jove, $7.99 (26)
10 THE WEDDING By Nicholas Sparks. Warner, $12.95 (27)
11 THE LOVELY BONES By Alice Sebold. Back Bay, $13.95 (28)
12 THE GUARDIAN By Nicholas Sparks. Warner, $7.50 (30)
13 LIFE OF PI By Yann Martel. Harverst, $14 (31)
14 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME By Mark Haddon. Vintage, $12 (32)
15 MIDDLESEX By Jeffrey Eugenides. Picador USA, $15 (34)
16 THE NOTEBOOK By Nicholas Sparks. Warner, $12.95 (38)
17 THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA By Lauren Weisberger. Broadway, $13.95 (41)
18 THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER By Carson McCullers. Mariner, $12 (43)
19 ANNA KARENINA By Leo Tolstoy. Penguin, $16 (44)
20 BLOW FLY By Patricia Cornwell. Berkley, $7.99 (47)
21 THE KITE RUNNER By Khaled Hosseini. Riverhead, $14 (49)
22 THE SECOND TIME AROUND By Mary Higgins Clark. Pocket, $7.99 (58)
23 THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE By Audrey Niffenegger. Harvest, $14 (59)
24 THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY By Alexander McCall Smith. Anchor, $11.95 (60)
25 SPLIT SECOND By David Baldacci. Warner, $7.99 (61)
26 BLUE DAHLIA By Nora Roberts. Jove, $7.99 (63)
27 BIRTHRIGHT By Nora Roberts. Jove, $7.99 (64)
28 THE BIG BAD WOLF By James Patterson. Warner, $7.99 (69)
29 THE JESTER By James Patterson & Andrew Gross. Warner, $7.99 (73)
30 WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST By Gregory Maguire. ReganBooks, $15 (77)
31 A COLD HEART By Jonathan Kellerman. Ballantine, $7.99 (78)
32 THE TEETH OF THE TIGER By Tom Clancy. Berkley, $7.99 (80)
33 THE LAKE HOUSE By James Patterson. Warner, $7.99 (81)
34 ANGRY HOUSEWIVES EATING BON BONS By Lorna Landvik. Ballantine, $13.95 (82)
35 DARK HORSE By Tami Hoag Bantam, $7.99 (84)
36 ALL HE EVER WANTED By Anita Shreve. Back Bay, $14.95 (85) 37 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD By Harper Lee. Warner, $6.99 (89)
38 CHESAPEAKE BLUE By Nora Roberts. Jove, $7.99 (91)
39 BLIND SIDE By Catherine Coulter. Jove (92)
40 THE DANTE CLUB By Matthew Pearl. Random House, $14.95 (94)
41 THE BOURNE SUPREMACY By Robert Ludlum. Bantam, $7.99 (97)
42 SKIPPING CHRISTMAS By John Grisham. Dell, $6.99 (100)

Self-Help Titles

1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET By Arthur Agatston. Rodale, $24.95 (2)
2 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR? By Rick Warren. Zondervan, $19.99 (4)
3 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET GUIDE By Arthur Agatston. Rodale, $7.99 (6)
4 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET COOKBOOK By Arthur Agatston. Rodale, $25.95 (15)
5 EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES: THE ZERO-TOLERANCE APPROACH TO PUNCTUATION By Lynne Truss. Gotham, $17.50 (19)
6 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION FOOD GUIDE By Dr. Phil McGraw. Pocket, $7.99 (20)
7 THE PROPER CARE & FEEDING OF HUSBANDS By Dr. Laura Schlessinger. HarperCollins, $24.95 (22)
8 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION By Dr. Phil McGraw. Free Press, $26 (23)
9 HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU by Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo. Simon Spotlight, $19.95 (33)
10 THE AUTOMATIC MILLIONAIRE By David Bach. Broadway, $19.95 (37)
11 GOOD TO GREAT: WHY SOME COMPANIES MAKE THE LEAP By Jim Collins. HarperBusiness, $27.50 (39)
12 1,000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE By Patricia Schultz. Workman, $18.95 (42)
13 WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING (3RD EDITION) By Heidi Murkoff et al. Workman, $13.95 (45)
14 RICH DAD, POOR DAD: WHAT THE RICH TEACH THEIR KIDS ABOUT MONEY By Robert T. Kiyosaki & Sharon L. Lechter. Warner, $16.95 (46)
15 FAMILY FIRST: YOUR STEP-BY-STEP PLAN By Dr. Phil McGraw. Free Press, $26 (68)
16 THE POWER OF INTENTION: LEARNING TO CREATE YOUR WORLD YOUR WAY By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Hay House, $24.95 (71)
17 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE JOURNAL By Rick Warren. Zondervan, $14.99 (74)
18 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?: AN AMAZING WAY TO DEAL WITH CHANGE IN YOUR WORK AND IN YOUR LIFE By Spencer Johnson. Putnam, $19.95 (87)
19 THE SEXY YEARS: DISCOVER THE HORMONE CONNECTION By Suzanne Somers. Crown, $25 (88)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 28, 2004. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. © 2004 Nielsen BookScan.


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