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Sunday, December 12, 2004; 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.
10
2 CONSPIRACY CLUB (Ballantine, $7.99)

By Jonathan Kellerman. A psychologist, aided by a secret society, attempts to solve a series of gruesome murders.
1
3 REUNION (Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Double the romance in this batch of novellas: "Once More With Feeling" and "Treasures Lost, Treasures Found."
1
4 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threaten the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
48
5 THE TROJAN ODYSSEY (Berkley, $7.99)

By Clive Cussler. Dirk Pitt and family uncover a nefarious plot to plunge the planet into another ice age.
1
6 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.28
7 BLUE DAHLIA (Jove, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Widowed Stella Rothschild and sons move into the Harper mansion, an estate haunted by a troubled spirit.
5
8 SKIPPING CHRISTMAS (Dell, $6.99). By John Grisham

A couple, jaded by all the material trappings of the holidays, vows to spend a year without Christmas.
7
9 THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN (Warner, $5.99)

By David Baldacci. A journalist, forced to travel cross-country by train, finds some unexpected rewards.
4
10 DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown

A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.
34
Nonfiction/General
1 THE BUSH SURVIVAL BIBLE: 250 WAYS TO MAKE

IT THROUGH THE NEXT FOUR YEARS ... (Villard, $9.99)

By Gene Stone. Aid for the frustrated and fuming.
3
2 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.
45
3 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
19
4 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular evaluation of science's grandest achievements.
11
5 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.
41
6 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE

(Back Bay, $14.95). By James Bradley. The brutal captivity of eight American POWs held by Japanese forces.
11
7 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE

AND INHERITANCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. Memoir by the senator-elect.
16
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.
4
9 FRANKLIN AND WINSTON: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT

OF AN EPIC FRIENDSHIP (Random House, $16.95)

By Jon Meacham. Exploration of a famous alliance.
1
10 HOLIDAYS ON ICE (Back Bay, $8.95). By David Sedaris

True and fanciful tales of the season brimming with angst and a generous amount of wry humor.
1
Hardcover
Fiction
1 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
47
2 A SALTY PIECE OF LAND (Little, Brown, $27.95)

By Jimmy Buffett. The mystery of a Caribbean lighthouse's lost lens spices up tour guide Tully Mars's carefree days.
1
3 I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS (FSG, $28.95)

By Tom Wolfe. At elite Dupont University, a na´ve freshman finds socializing to be just as rigorous as class.
3
4 BLACK WIND (Putnam, $27.95). By Clive Cussler &

Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt (Sr. & Jr.) rally to avert a biochemical attack on the U.S. meant to incriminate Japan.
1
5 LONDON BRIDGES (Little, Brown, $27.95)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.
3
6 NIGHT FALL (Warner, $26.95). By Nelson DeMille

Anti-terrorism expert John Corey is compelled to reassess the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island.
1
7 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.
48
8 THE DA VINCI CODE: SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION

(Doubleday, $35). By Dan Brown. The art and cryptology thriller with hundreds of apropos photos and images.
4
9 WHITEOUT (Dutton, $26.95). By Ken Follett

The debt-ridden son of a pharmaceutical company's founder burgles the lab, with unforeseen consequences.
1
10 SKELETON MAN (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Tony Hillerman. Leaphorn & Chee hunt for diamonds lost in a 1956 plane collision over the Grand Canyon.
1
Nonfiction/General
1 AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION
(Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
10
2 HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON

(Knopf, $26.95). By Joseph J. Ellis. A biography of the statesman from British army soldier to U.S. president.
5
3 FAITHFUL: TWO DIEHARD BOSTON RED SOX FANS

CHRONICLE THE HISTORIC 2004 SEASON

(Scribner, $26.). By Stewart O'Nan & Stephen King
1
4 MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton

The former president reminisces about his tumultuous childhood and political accomplishments.
18
5 WHEN WILL JESUS BRING THE PORK CHOPS?

(Hyperion, $23.95). By George Carlin. The comedian's mocking riffs on America's political and social climate.
7
6 CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE (Simon & Schuster, $24)

By Bob Dylan. The singer/songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life, pointedly his artistic evolution.
8
7 HOW TO TALK TO A LIBERAL (IF YOU MUST)

(Crown Forum, $26.95). By Ann Coulter. The conservative pundit sizes up the American political scene.
8
8 THE COMPLETE CARTOONS OF THE NEW YORKER

(Black Dog & Levanthal, $65). Ed. by Robert Mankoff

"Best of book"; two CDs containing all cartoons published.
5
9 WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW

CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

(Metropolitan, $24). By Thomas Frank
4
10 WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE BECAME

SHAKESPEARE (Norton, $26.95)

By Stephen Greenblatt. National Book Award nominee.
5

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended December 5, 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. A "National Bestseller" list ran in place of last week's list.)


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