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Sunday, February 27, 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.
20
2 THE LAST JUROR (Dell, $7.99). By John Grisham

The scion of a small town's wealthy and corrupt clan vows revenge on the jury that convicted him of murder.
9
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.38
4 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
58
5 THE ZERO GAME (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By Brad Meltzer. Wagering on the outcome of pending legislation turns deadly for two Capitol Hill staffers.
4
6 3RD DEGREE (Warner, $7.99). By James Patterson &

Andrew Gross. Terrorist acts jolt San Francisco, compelling the Women's Murder Club to investigate.
8
7 DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN: BOOK ONE:

PRODIGAL SON
(Bantam, $7.99). By Dean R. Koontz &

Kevin J. Anderson. Dr. Frankenstein in the 21st century.
4
8 THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE (Harvest, $14)

By Audrey Niffenegger. A man fated to be whisked back and forth through time manages to find true love.
6
9 MY SISTER'S KEEPER (Washington Square, $14)

By Jodi Picoult. Anna, conceived as a donor match for her ill sister, Kate, sues her parents for legal rights at age 13.
1
10 THE BIRTH OF VENUS (Random House, $13.95)

By Sarah Dunant. Political and religious unrest in 14th-century Florence affect a young girl's future.
1
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.
8
2 READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
55
3 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.
26
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.
51
5 GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
11
6 THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS: SPACE, TIME, AND

THE TEXTURE OF REALITY (Vintage, $15.95)

By Brian Greene. From Newton to string theory.
2
7 ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's many ironies.
19
8 DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT: KNOW YOUR VALUES

AND FRAME THE DEBATE (Chelsea Green, $10)

By George Lakoff. A playbook for progressive activists.
11
9 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.
21
10 RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Picador USA, $14)

By Augusten Burroughs. A coming-if-age memoir chock-full of hilarious and downright disturbing moments.
12
Hardcover
Fiction
1 HONEYMOON (Little, Brown, $27.95)

By James Patterson & Howard Roughan. An FBI agent suspects the alluring fiancÚe in a wealthy banker's death.
1
2 THE BROKER (Doubleday, $27.95). By John Grisham

The CIA finagles the release of an attorney from federal prison to gain access to a surveillance satellite system.
6
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.
58
4 STATE OF FEAR (HarperCollins, $27.95)

By Michael Crichton. Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in order to further their radical agenda.
10
5 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
57
6 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.
3
7 THE FORGOTTEN MAN (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Robert Crais. P.I. Elvis Cole is startled by a gunshot victim's dying revelation -- that he is Cole's long lost father.
1
8 AFTERBURN (Atria, $24.95). By Zane

Yardley, a D.C. chiropractor pining away for his local bank teller, Rayne, finally marshals the courage to ask her out.
6
9 SURVIVOR IN DEATH (Putnam, $23.95). By J.D. Robb

Eve Dallas, a cop in mid-21st-century NYC, faces a murder in which the only witness is a 10-year-old girl.
3
10 I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS (FSG, $28.95)

By Tom Wolfe. At elite Dupont University, a naive freshman finds socializing to be just as rigorous as class.
11
Nonfiction/General
1 BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
6
2 JUICED: WILD TIMES, RAMPANT 'ROIDS, SMASH

HITS, AND HOW BASEBALL GOT BIG

(ReganBooks, $25.95). By Jose Canseco. Steroid use?
1
3 COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL

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

The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
8
4 AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION
(Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
20
5 GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG

AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT

(HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95). By Jim Wallis
5
6 MEN IN BLACK: HOW THE SUPREME COURT IS

DESTROYING AMERICA (Regnery, $27.95)

By Mark R. Levin. Taking issue with "judicial activism."
2
7 WINNING THE FUTURE: A 21ST CENTURY CON TRACT

WITH AMERICA (Regnery, $27.95). By Newt Gingrich

Five areas of concern for the new administration.
6
8 DISNEYWAR (Simon & Schuster, $29.95)

By James B. Stewart. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter tells of civil war inside the Magic Kingdom.
1
9 CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN

(Berrett-Koehler, $24.95). By John Perkins. Charges of financial malfeasance at the expense of developing nations.
1
10 THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY: THE POWER OF FREEDOM

TO OVERCOME TYRANNY & TERROR

(PublicAffairs, $26.95). By Natan Sharansky et al.
3

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended February 20, 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 books appear on a separate, montly list.)


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