Washington Area Bestsellers
Sunday, May 30, 2004; Page BW11
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended May 23, 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. Advice and self-help books appear on a separate, monthly list.)
|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.
|2|| THE LOVELY BONES (Back Bay, $13.95). By Alice Sebold|
From her perch in heaven, a young girl witnesses the impact of her brutal murder on friends and family.
|3|| THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (Broadway, $13.95)|
By Lauren Weisberger. A prima donna fashion magazine editor terrorizes her new assistant.
|4|| NAKED PREY (Berkley, $7.99). By John Sandford|
In his investigation of a grisly double murder, Lucas Davenport unearths a global crime consortium.
|5|| THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME|
(Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death and unearths some family secrets.
|6|| THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER (Mariner, $12)|
By Carson McCullers. A lonely girl and a deaf-mute man form an emotional, special camaraderie in 1930s Georgia.
|7|| DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.
|8|| THE LAKE HOUSE (Warner, $7.99). By James Patterson|
Six children genetically engineered to fly, introduced in Patterson's "When the Wind Blows," face a dire new threat.
|9|| THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)|
By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and a safe haven.
|10|| DIGITAL FORTRESS (St. Martin's, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
A former NSA operative develops an impenetrable code that may imperil the viability of U.S. intelligence.
|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.
|2|| BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE|
(Simon & Schuster, $16.95). By Walter Isaacson. The accomplished life of the inventor, politician and diplomat.
|3|| LIVING HISTORY (Scribner, $16)|
By Hillary Rodham Clinton. The senator and former first lady offers a new afterword in this edition of her memoir.
|4|| STUPID WHITE MEN ... AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR|
THE STATE OF THE NATION (ReganBooks, $13.95)
By Michael Moore. Biting critiques on a range of issues.
|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|| 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.
|7|| STIFF: THE CURIOUS LIVES OF HUMAN CADAVERS|
(Norton, $13.95). By Mary Roach. The startling, often amusing ways in which cadavers are put to use.
|8|| FRIENDS 'TIL THE END ... THE ONE WITH ALL TEN YEARS|
(Time, $24.95). By David Wild. The official companion to the hugely popular NBC sitcom, which signed off May 6.
|9|| BEYOND BELIEF: THE SECRET GOSPEL OF THOMAS|
(Vintage, $13). By Elaine Pagels. Why the gospel of Thomas was expunged in the rise of early Christianity.
|10|| MONEYBALL (Norton, $13.95). By Michael Lewis|
How the general manager's budget-savvy style produced a winning season for the Oakland A's.
|1|| THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)|
By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's search for the Holy Grail.
|2|| THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN|
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
|3|| HIDDEN PREY (Putnam, $26.95). By John Sandford|
Det. Lucas Davenport, acting as special agent, is assigned to the case of a Russian found murdered on the docks.
|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.
|5|| THE RULE OF FOUR (Dial, $24). By Ian Caldwell &|
Dustin Thomason. Four roommates at Princeton strive to uncover the secrets of a 15th-century manuscript.
|6|| THE NARROWS (Little, Brown, $25.95)|
By Michael Connelly. The killer "the Poet" strikes again, and a close friend of Harry Bosch is the latest victim.
|7|| MEMORIAL DAY (Atria, $25.95). By Vince Flynn|
The CIA's almost effortless thwarting of an al Qaeda attack raises the suspicions of agent Mitch Rapp.
|8|| THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB (Putnam, $23.95)|
By Karen Joy Fowler. Heady emotions and intimate secrets arise amid the book club's discussions of the Austen canon.
|9|| NIGHTTIME IS MY TIME (Simon & Schuster, $25.95)|
By Mary Higgins Clark. A serial killer using the moniker "the Owl" targets women at his high school reunion.
|10|| THE FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE (Pantheon, $19.95)|
By Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe assists the local hairdresser in sorting out prospective suitors.
|1|| PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $28)|
By Bob Woodward. Assessing the administration's motivations behind green-lighting the war in Iraq.
|2|| BIG RUSS & ME: FATHER AND SON: LESSONS OF LIFE|
(Miramax, $22.95). By Tim Russert. A memoir by the NBC journalist woven together with a tribute to his father.
|3|| ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Penguin Press, $35)|
By Ron Chernow. The remarkable life of the Founding Father who went from aide-de-camp to treasury secretary.
|4|| ON THE DOWN LOW: A JOURNEY INTO THE LIVES OF |
"STRAIGHT" BLACK MEN WHO SLEEP WITH MEN
(Broadway, $21.95). By J. L. King
|5|| FOUNDING MOTHERS: THE WOMEN WHO RAISED|
OUR NATION (Morrow, $24.95). By Cokie Roberts
Documenting the contributions of wives and mothers.
|6|| AGAINST ALL ENEMIES: INSIDE AMERICA'S WAR|
ON TERROR (Free Press, $27). By Richard A. Clarke
Revelations of the country's lack of preparedness.
|7|| WHY COURAGE MATTERS: THE WAY TO A BRAVER LIFE|
(Random House, $16.95). By John McCain with
Mark Salter. Sketches of exemplary lives.
|8|| EDWARD R. MURROW AND THE BIRTH OF BROADCAST|
JOURNALISM (Wiley, $19.95). By Bob Edwards
The newsman's pivotal role in both radio and television.
|9|| WORSE THAN WATERGATE: THE SECRET PRESIDENCY OF|
GEORGE W. BUSH (Little, Brown, $22.95)
By John W. Dean. An ex-White House counsel's appraisal.
|10|| THE REPUBLICAN NOISE MACHINE: RIGHT-WING MEDIA|
AND HOW IT CORRUPTS DEMOCRACY (Crown, $25.95)
By David Brock. An indictment of the conservative agenda.
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