Washington Area Bestsellers
Sunday, June 20, 2004; Page BW11
|1|| ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
The illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
|2|| ANNA KARENINA (Penguin, $16). By Leo Tolstoy|
An illicit affair and its tragic consequences set amid the milieu of 19th-century Russian high society.
|3|| DARK HORSE (Bantam, $7.99). By Tami Hoag|
A former cop delves into the seedy side of the equestrian world to find a missing teenager being held for ransom.
|4|| 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.
|5|| THE LOVELY BONES (Back Bay, $13.95). By Alice Sebold|
From her perch in heaven, a young girl witnesses the impact of her brutal murder on friends and family.
|6|| TO THE NINES (St. Martin's, $7.99). By Janet Evanovich|
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum heads to Las Vegas to find a contract worker who vanishes when his visa expires.
|7|| DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.
|8|| THE NOTEBOOK (Warner, $7.50). By Nicholas Sparks|
Sparks's first novel focuses on an unfulfilled teenage romance that gets a second chance 14 years later.
|9|| THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)|
By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and a safe haven.
|10|| THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (Broadway, $13.95)|
By Lauren Weisberger. A prima donna fashion magazine editor terrorizes her new assistant.
|1|| 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.
|2|| 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.
|3|| BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE|
(Simon & Schuster, $16.95). By Walter Isaacson. The accomplished life of the politician, inventor and diplomat.
|4|| A ROYAL DUTY (Signet, $7.99). By Paul Burrell|
The former royal butler describes his relationship -- both personal and professional -- with Diana, Princess of Wales.
|5|| ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)|
By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's many ironies.
|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.
|7|| 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.
|8|| STUPID WHITE MEN ... AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR|
THE STATE OF THE NATION (ReganBooks, $13.95)
By Michael Moore. Biting critiques on a range of issues.
|9|| LIVING HISTORY (Scribner, $16)|
By Hillary Rodham Clinton. The senator and former first lady offers a new afterword in this edition of her memoir.
|10|| MONEYBALL (Norton, $3.95). By Michael Lewis|
How the general manager's budget-savvy style led to a winning season for the Oakland A's.
|1|| SONG OF SUSANNAH: THE DARK TOWER VI|
(Scribner, $30). By Stephen King. In this penultimate book of the series, time travel aids the gunslingers' quest.
|2|| 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.
|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.
|4|| THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN|
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
|5|| 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.
|6|| THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB (Putnam, $23.95)|
By Karen Joy Fowler. Heady emotions and intimate secrets arise amid the book club's discussions of the Austen canon.
|7|| A GOOD YEAR (Knopf, $24). By Peter Mayle|
When a London financier inherits a Provenšal vineyard, he jettisons his less-than-stellar career and moves there.
|8|| GRANT COMES EAST (St. Martin's, $24.95)|
By Newt Gingrich & William R. Forstchen. Civil War history is reimagined in this sequel to "Gettysburg."
|9|| THE TAKING (Bantam, $27). By Dean R. Koontz|
A rural California town, doused with an eerie, radiant downpour, soon realizes it's part of a global alien invasion.
|10|| HIDDEN PREY (Putnam, $26.95). By John Sandford|
Detective Davenport, acting as a special agent, is assigned to the case of a Russian found murdered on the docks.
|1|| DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM|
(Little, Brown, $24.95). By David Sedaris. Another round of amusing, self-deprecating essays.
|2|| BIG RUSS & ME: FATHER AND SON: LESSONS OF LIFE|
(Miramax, $22.95). By Tim Russert. A memoir by the NBC journalist, including a tribute to his father.
|3|| PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $28)|
By Bob Woodward. Assessing the administration's motivations behind the green-lighting of the war in Iraq.
|4|| BATTLE READY (Putnam, $28.95). By Tom Clancy|
with Gen. Tony Zinni & Tony Koltz. The four-decade career of the retried head of the U.S. Central Command.
|5|| ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Penguin Press, $35)|
By Ron Chernow. The remarkable life of the Founding Father who went from aide-de-camp to treasury secretary.
|6|| FATHER JOE: THE MAN WHO SAVED MY SOUL|
(Random House, $24.95). By Tony Hendra. The life-altering influence of a kindly Benedictine monk.
|7|| A PRETEXT FOR WAR: 9/11, IRAQ, AND THE ABUSE OF|
AMERICA'S INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES
(Doubleday, $26.95). By James Bamford
|8|| FOUNDING MOTHERS: THE WOMEN WHO RAISED|
OUR NATION (Morrow, $24.95). By Cokie Roberts
Documenting the contributions of wives and mothers.
|9|| ON THE DOWN LOW: A JOURNEY INTO THE LIVES OF|
"STRAIGHT" BLACK MEN WHO SLEEP WITH MEN
(Broadway, $21.95). By J. L. King
|10|| MORE THAN MONEY: TRUE STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO|
LEARNED LIFE'S ULTIMATE LESSON
(ReganBooks, $24.95). By Neil Cavuto
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended June 13, 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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