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Sunday, September 5, 2004; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 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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2 THE NOTEBOOK (Warner, $12.95; $7.50)

By Nicholas Sparks. An unfulfilled teenage romance gets a second chance 14 years later in Sparks's first novel.
12
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.15
4 THE TEETH OF THE TIGER (Berkley, $7.99)

By Tom Clancy. A private vigilante corps wages an ambitious campaign to protect U.S. interests worldwide.
5
5 THE WEDDING (Warner, $12.95). By Nicholas Sparks

In this sequel to Sparks's "The Notebook," Wilson Lewis vows to rekindle his 30-year marriage.
9
6 BLEACHERS (Dell, $6.99). By John Grisham

A former high school football star returns to his hometown when he learns that his old coach is dying.
10
7 DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown

A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.
31
8 THE NAMESAKE (Mariner, $14). By Jhumpa Lahiri

Vignettes in the life of a second-generation Bengali immigrant whose parents settled in Cambridge, Mass.
2
9 BEACH GIRLS (Bantam, $7.50). By Luanne Rice

The accidental death of one of the title characters leads to grief and the revelation of some unsettling secrets.
4
10 THE SINNER (Ballantine, $7.99). By Tess Gerritsen

A vicious attack upon two nuns brings to light a sinister, long-buried mystery at a Boston convent.
3
Nonfiction/General
1 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT : FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES
(Norton, $10)
6
2 THE 9/11 REPORT: THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATION

(St. Martin's, $6.99). Details of the National Commission's inquiry that yielded a final report in July.
4
3 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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4 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF

RACE AND INHERITANCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. Memoir by the rising politician.
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5 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM

(Plume, $14). By Al Franken. The political humorist and talk show host takes issue with the conservative agenda.
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6 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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7 ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's many ironies.
13
8 UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN: A STORY OF

VIOLENT FAITH (Anchor, $14.95). By Jon Krakauer

A look at a shocking 1984 murder in the name of religion.
12
9 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: THE INSIDE STORY OF SIX

M.I.T. STUDENTS WHO TOOK VEGAS FOR MILLIONS

(Free Press, $14). By Ben Mezrich. Winning at blackjack.
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10 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? (Warner, $14.95)

By Michael Moore. An evaluation of the current administration, topped off with election strategies.
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Hardcover
Fiction
1 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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2 THE RULE OF FOUR (Dial, $24). By Ian Caldwell &

Dustin Thomason. Four roommates at Princeton attempt to unlock the secrets of a 15th-century manuscript.
16
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 ANGELS & DEMONS (Atria, $19.95). By Dan Brown

The hardcover edition of Brown's thriller revolving around a nefarious group's plot against the Vatican.
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5 THE WINDS OF CHANGE (Viking, $25.95)

By Martha Grimes. Richard Jury is vexed by the murder of a 5- year-old girl and its connection to a pedophile ring.
1
6 SKINNY DIP (Knopf, $24.95). By Carl Hiaasen

A sleazy biologist, concealing an agribusiness's Everglades pollution, is undone by the wife he thought he murdered.
7
7 WHITE HOT (Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By Sandra Brown. Sayre is aghast when she learns of her brother's death -- more so when all signs point to murder.
2
8 DARK JUSTICE (Putnam, $25.95). By Jack Higgins

Gen. Ferguson and his band in British intelligence tackle a terrorist plot devised by a Russian oil tycoon.
1
9 SAM'S LETTERS TO JENNIFER (Little, Brown, $24.95)

By James Patterson. A Chicago columnist and widow finds a cache of letters written to her by her grandmother.
9
10 LOST CITY (Putnam, $26.95). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos. A protein found in the ocean's depths, able to extend life, is key to a plot of world domination.
5
Nonfiction/General
1 UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS

SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY (Regnery, $27.95)

By John E. O'Neill & Jerome R. Corsi. A contrary view.
3
2 AMERICAN SOLDIER (ReganBooks, $27.95)

By Gen. Tommy Franks with Malcom McConnell

Memoir by the retired head of the U.S. Central Command.
4
3 MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton

The former president's lengthy reminiscences about his tumultuous childhood and political achievements.
10
4 BUSHWORLD: ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK

(Putnam, $25.95). By Maureen Dowd. A collection of columns from the op-ed page of the New York Times.
4
5 IMPERIAL HUBRIS: WHY THE WEST IS LOSING THE

WAR ON TERROR (Brassey's, $27.50). By Anonymous

A CIA agent's argument for a foreign policy overhaul.
8
6 SKYWRITING: A LIFE OUT OF THE BLUE

(Random House, $25.95). By Jane Pauley. The NBC News veteran talks candidly about her life.
1
7 DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Little, Brown, $24.95). By David Sedaris. Another round of amusing, often self-deprecating essays.
13
8 SHADOW DIVERS (Random House, $26.95)

By Robert Kurson. A pair of American divers' near-obsessive effort to identify a submerged WWII U-boat.
9
9 HOW TO MAKE LOVE LIKE A PORN STAR: A CAUTIONARY

TALE
(ReganBooks, $27.95). By Jenna Jameson with

Neil Straus. From famous porn star to successful CEO.
1
10 FATHER JOE: THE MAN WHO SAVED MY SOUL

(Random House, $24.95). By Tony Hendra. The life-altering influences of a kindly Benedictine monk.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended August 29, 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. The advice/miscellaneous list below reflects sales from 7/26-8/29.)


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