Washington Area Bestsellers
Sunday, December 12, 2004; Page BW11
An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
By Jonathan Kellerman. A psychologist, aided by a secret society, attempts to solve a series of gruesome murders.
Double the romance in this batch of novellas: "Once More With Feeling" and "Treasures Lost, Treasures Found."
By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threaten the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
By Clive Cussler. Dirk Pitt and family uncover a nefarious plot to plunge the planet into another ice age.
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Widowed Stella Rothschild and sons move into the Harper mansion, an estate haunted by a troubled spirit.
A couple, jaded by all the material trappings of the holidays, vows to spend a year without Christmas.
By David Baldacci. A journalist, forced to travel cross-country by train, finds some unexpected rewards.
A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.
By Gene Stone. Aid for the frustrated and fuming.
By Azar Nafisi. A professor's memoir of her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
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By Erik Larson. Serial killer Henry Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.
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By Barack Obama. Memoir by the senator-elect.
By George Lakoff. A playbook for progressive activists.
By Jon Meacham. Exploration of a famous alliance.
True and fanciful tales of the season brimming with angst and a generous amount of wry humor.
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By Jimmy Buffett. The mystery of a Caribbean lighthouse's lost lens spices up tour guide Tully Mars's carefree days.
By Tom Wolfe. At elite Dupont University, a na´ve freshman finds socializing to be just as rigorous as class.
Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt (Sr. & Jr.) rally to avert a biochemical attack on the U.S. meant to incriminate Japan.
By James Patterson. Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.
Anti-terrorism expert John Corey is compelled to reassess the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island.
By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a murderer's identity.
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The debt-ridden son of a pharmaceutical company's founder burgles the lab, with unforeseen consequences.
By Tony Hillerman. Leaphorn & Chee hunt for diamonds lost in a 1956 plane collision over the Grand Canyon.
By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
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CHRONICLE THE HISTORIC 2004 SEASON
The former president reminisces about his tumultuous childhood and political accomplishments.
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By Bob Dylan. The singer/songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life, pointedly his artistic evolution.
(Crown Forum, $26.95). By Ann Coulter. The conservative pundit sizes up the American political scene.
"Best of book"; two CDs containing all cartoons published.
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By Stephen Greenblatt. National Book Award nominee.