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Sunday, March 6, 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.
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2 THE NARROWS (Warner, $7.99). By Michael Connelly

The killer "the Poet" strikes again, and a close friend of Harry Bosch is the latest victim.
1
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.39
4 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.
10
5 THE CALHOUNS: SUZANNA AND MEGAN

(Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts. Romance novellas featuring one Calhoun sister and a Calhoun sister-in-law.
1
6 BLOWOUT (Jove, $7.99). By Catherine Coulter

The grisly murder of a Supreme Court justice spurs FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to action.
1
7 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
59
8 THE ZERO GAME (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By Brad Meltzer. Wagering on the outcome of pending legislation turns deadly for two Capitol Hill staffers.
5
9 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.
7
10 3RD DEGREE (Warner, $7.99). By James Patterson &

Andrew Gross. Terrorist acts jolt San Francisco, compelling the Women's Murder Club to investigate.
9
Nonfiction/General
1 READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
56
2 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.
9
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.
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4 GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
12
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 BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATS GONE BAD
(Workman, $9.95). By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.
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7 DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT: KNOW YOUR VALUES

AND FRAME THE DEBATE (Chelsea Green, $10)

By George Lakoff. A playbook for progressive activists.
12
8 RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Picador USA, $14)

By Augusten Burroughs. A coming-of-age memoir chock-full of hilarious and downright disturbing moments.
13
9 THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS: SPACE, TIME, AND

THE TEXTURE OF REALITY (Vintage, $15.95)

By Brian Greene. From Newton to string theory.
3
10 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.
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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.
2
2 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.
4
3 THE BROKER (Doubleday, $27.95). By John Grisham

The CIA finagles the release of an attorney from federal prison to gain access to a satellite surveillance system.
7
4 PRINCE OF FIRE (Putnam, $25.95). By Daniel Silva

Art restorer and reluctant Mossad agent Gabriel Allon is recalled to Israel when his cover is compromised.
1
5 THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a killer's identity.
59
6 STATE OF FEAR (HarperCollins, $27.95)

By Michael Crichton. Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in an effort to further their radical agenda.
11
7 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
58
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.
7
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.
4
10 THE DA VINCI CODE: SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION

(Doubleday, $35). By Dan Brown. Hundreds of photos and images supplement the art and cryptology thriller.
12
Nonfiction/General
1 BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
7
2 COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL

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

The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
9
3 DISNEYWAR (Simon & Schuster, $29.95)

By James B. Stewart. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter tells of civil war inside the Magic Kingdom.
2
4 AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION
(Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
21
5 GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG

AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT

(HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95). By Jim Wallis
6
6 JUICED: WILD TIMES, RAMPANT 'ROIDS, SMASH

HITS, AND HOW BASEBALL GOT BIG

(ReganBooks, $25.95). By Jose Canseco. Steroid use?
2
7 MEN IN BLACK: HOW THE SUPREME COURT IS

DESTROYING AMERICA (Regnery, $27.95)

By Mark R. Levin. Taking issue with "judicial activism."
3
8 HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON

(Knopf, $26.95). By Joseph J. Ellis. A biography of the statesman from British army soldier to U.S. president.
14
9 THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY: THE POWER OF FREEDOM

TO OVERCOME TYRANNY & TERROR

(PublicAffairs, $26.95). By Natan Sharansky et al.
4
10 CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN

(Berrett-Koehler, $24.95). By John Perkins. Charges of financial malfeasance at the expense of developing nations.
2

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended February 27, 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 1/31/05 to 2/27/05.)


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