Washington Area Bestsellers
Sunday, July 18, 2004; Page BW11
|1|| BLEACHERS (Dell, $6.99). By John Grisham|
A former high school football star returns to his hometown when he learns that his old coach is dying.
|2|| THE NOTEBOOK (Warner, $12.95; $7.50)|
By Nicholas Sparks. A first novel about an unfulfilled teenage romance that gets a second chance 14 years later.
|3|| ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
|4|| THE WEDDING (Warner, $12.95). By Nicholas Sparks|
In this sequel to Sparks's "The Notebook," Wilson Lewis vows to rekindle his 30-year marriage.
|5|| BLIND SIDE (Jove, $7.99). By Catherine Coulter|
While on the hunt for a serial killer, married FBI agents Savich & Sherlock must deal with a child kidnapping.
|6|| THE BOURNE SUPREMACY (Bantam, $7.99)|
By Robert Ludlum. Agent David Webb resumes his Bourne alias to thwart a madman's plot to seize Hong Kong.
|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, uncovering some family secrets.
|8|| DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
A former NSA operative develops an impenetrable code that may imperil the viability of U.S. intelligence.
|9|| 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.
|10|| BALANCE OF POWER (Ballantine, $7.99)|
By Richard North Patterson. The gun control debate -- and its divisive nature -- is at the crux of this political thriller.
|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|| ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)|
By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation of life's many ironies.
|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.
|5|| 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.
|6|| LIVING HISTORY (Scribner, $16)|
By Hillary Rodham Clinton. The senator and former first lady offers a new afterword in this edition of her memoir.
|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|| TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (Broadway, $12.95)|
By Mitch Albom. The sportswriter chronicles his emotional reunion with his mentor from college days.
|9|| RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Picador USA, $14)|
By Augusten Burroughs. A coming-of-age memoir chock-full of hilarious and downright disturbing moments.
|10|| BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE|
(Simon & Schuster, $16). By Walter Isaacson. The accomplished life of the politician, inventor and diplomat.
|1|| SAM'S LETTERS TO JENNIFER (Little, Brown, $24.95)|
By James Patterson. A Chicago columnist and widow finds a cache of letters written to her by her grandmother.
|2|| 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.
|3|| THE RULE OF FOUR (Dial, $24). By Ian Caldwell &|
Dustin Thomason. Four Princeton roommates attempt to unlock the secrets of a 15th-century manuscript.
|4|| TEN BIG ONES (St. Martin's, $25.95)|
By Janet Evanovich. This zany Stephanie Plum mystery has the intrepid bounty hunter targeted by a gang member.
|5|| THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN|
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
|6|| 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.
|7|| SECOND CHANCE (Delacorte, $20). By Danielle Steel|
The vivacious editor of a glossy fashion magazine has a rocky romance and marriage with a reticent ad exec.
|8|| KILL THE MESSENGER (Bantam, $26). By Tami Hoag|
An L.A. bike courier finds his life in jeopardy all because of a parcel meant for a just-murdered defense attorney.
|9|| THE BOURNE LEGACY (St. Martin's, $25.95)|
By Eric Van Lustbader. Jason Bourne (alias of now-retired covert CIA agent David Webb) is framed for murder.
|10|| 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.
|1|| MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton|
The former president's lengthy reminiscences of his tumultuous childhood and political achievements.
|2|| SHADOW DIVERS: THE TRUE STORY ... TO SOLVE|
ONE OF THE LAST MYSTERIES OF WORLD WAR II
(Random House, $26.95). By Robert Kurson
|3|| DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM|
(Little, Brown, $24.95). By David Sedaris. Another round of amusing, self-deprecating essays.
|4|| FATHER JOE : THE MAN WHO SAVED MY SOUL|
(Random House, $24.95). By Tony Hendra. The life-altering influence of a kindly Benedictine monk.
|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|| PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $28)|
By Bob Woodward. Assessing the motivations behind the administration's green-lighting of the war in Iraq.
|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.
|8|| HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS THE WORLD: AN UNLIKELY|
THEORY OF GLOBALIZATION (HarperCollins, $24.95)
By Franklin Foer. Grasping globalization's diverse impact.
|9|| BIG RUSS & ME: FATHER AND SON: LESSONS OF LIFE|
(Miramax, $22.95). By Tim Russert. A memoir by the NBC journalist, which includes a tribute to his father.
|10|| IMPERIAL HUBRIS: WHY THE WEST IS LOSING THE|
WAR ON TERROR (Brassey's, $27.50). By Anonymous
A CIA agent's compelling arguments for policy change.
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 11, 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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