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Sunday, January 9, 2005; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 THE LAST JUROR (Dell, $7.99). By John Grisham

The scion of a small town's wealthy and corrupt family vows revenge on the jury that convicted him of murder.
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2 3RD DEGREE (Warner, $7.99). By James Patterson &

Andrew Gross. Terrorist acts jolt San Francisco and compel the Women's Murder Club to investigate.
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3 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.
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4 TO DIE FOR (Ballantine, $7.99). By Linda Howard

A gym owner, witness to a shooting, is irked when her police protector turns out to be a former beau.
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5 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown

The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
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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.31
7 SEIZE THE NIGHT (St. Martin's, $6.99)

By Sherrilyn Kenyon. Vampire hunter Tabitha and Dark-Hunter Valerius spar with Daemons and each other.
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8 DANCE WITH ME (Bantam, $7.50). By Luanne Rice

Romance blossoms between two former NYC residents who, for family reasons, have returned to their rural hometown.
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9 THE SECOND CHAIR (Signet, $7.99). By John Lescroart

A teenager on trial for a double homicide brings attorney Dismas Hardy and cop Abe Glitsky together again.
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10 THE CALHOUNS: CATHERINE, AMANDA AND LILAH

(Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts. Tales of passion involving three sisters and their ancestral Maine estate.
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Nonfiction/General
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.
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2 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular look at science's grandest achievements.
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3 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. A memoir of a diverse and challenging youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.
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4 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.
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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.
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6 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
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7 ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's many ironies.
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8 GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
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9 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (Broadway, $12.95)

By Mitch Albom. The sportswriter chronicles his emotional reunion with his mentor from college days.
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10 GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA,

AFGHANISTAN, AND BIN LADEN ... TO SEPT. 10, 2001

(Penguin, $16). By Steve Coll. Covert machinations.
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Hardcover
Fiction
1 STATE OF FEAR (HarperCollins, $27.95)

By Michael Crichton. Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in the hope of furthering their radical agenda.
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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.
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3 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
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4 THE DA VINCI CODE: SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION

(Doubleday, $35). By Dan Brown. Hundreds of photos and images supplement the art and cryptology thriller.
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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.
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6 I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS (FSG, $28.95)

By Tom Wolfe. At elite Dupont University, a nażve freshman finds socializing to be just as rigorous as class.
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7 NIGHT FALL (Warner, $26.95). By Nelson DeMille

Anti-terrorist expert John Corey is compelled to reassess the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island.
4
8 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.
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9 BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT (Putnam, $26.95)

By W.E.B. Griffin. In this launch of a new series, a Delta Force major is tapped to investigate a plane's hijacking.
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10 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.
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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.
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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.
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3 COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL

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

The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
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4 CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE (Simon & Schuster, $24)

By Bob Dylan. The singer/songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life and artistic evolution.
11
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.
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6 FAITHFUL: TWO DIEHARD REDSOX FANS CHRONICLE

THE HISTORIC 2004 SEASON (Scribner, $26)

By Stewart O'Nan & Stephen King. Baseball fever.
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7 WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW

CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

(Metropolitan, $24). By Thomas Frank
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8 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.
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9 WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE

BECAME SHAKESPEARE (Norton, $26.95)

By Stephen Greenblatt. National Book Award nominee.
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10 THE PENTAGON'S NEW MAP: WAR AND PEACE

IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (Putnam, $26.95)

By Thomas P.M. Barnett. Globalism's security role.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended January 2, 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. The advice & miscellaneous list below reflects sales from 11/01/04 - 1/02/05.)


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