|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.
|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.
|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.
|5|| THE CALHOUNS: SUZANNA AND MEGAN|
(Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts. Romance novellas featuring one Calhoun sister and a Calhoun sister-in-law.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|10|| 3RD DEGREE (Warner, $7.99). By James Patterson &|
Andrew Gross. Terrorist acts jolt San Francisco, compelling the Women's Murder Club to investigate.
|1|| READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)|
By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
|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.
|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.
|4|| GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)|
By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|8|| RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Picador USA, $14)|
By Augusten Burroughs. A coming-of-age memoir chock-full of hilarious and downright disturbing moments.
|9|| THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS: SPACE, TIME, AND|
THE TEXTURE OF REALITY (Vintage, $15.95)
By Brian Greene. From Newton to string theory.
|10|| A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING|
(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.
|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|| 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|7|| THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN|
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
|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.
|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.
|10|| THE DA VINCI CODE: SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION|
(Doubleday, $35). By Dan Brown. Hundreds of photos and images supplement the art and cryptology thriller.
|1|| BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING|
(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell
The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
|2|| COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL|
OR SUCCEED (Viking, $29.95). By Jared Diamond
The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
|3|| DISNEYWAR (Simon & Schuster, $29.95)|
By James B. Stewart. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter tells of civil war inside the Magic Kingdom.
|4|| AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO |
DEMOCRACY INACTION (Warner, $24.95)
By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
|5|| GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG|
AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT
(HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95). By Jim Wallis
|6|| JUICED: WILD TIMES, RAMPANT 'ROIDS, SMASH|
HITS, AND HOW BASEBALL GOT BIG
(ReganBooks, $25.95). By Jose Canseco. Steroid use?
|7|| MEN IN BLACK: HOW THE SUPREME COURT IS|
DESTROYING AMERICA (Regnery, $27.95)
By Mark R. Levin. Taking issue with "judicial activism."
|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.
|9|| THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY: THE POWER OF FREEDOM|
TO OVERCOME TYRANNY & TERROR
(PublicAffairs, $26.95). By Natan Sharansky et al.
|10|| CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN|
(Berrett-Koehler, $24.95). By John Perkins. Charges of financial malfeasance at the expense of developing nations.
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.)