Washington Area Bestsellers
Sunday, December 19, 2004; Page BW11
An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threaten the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
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Double the romance in this batch of novellas: "Once More With Feeling" and "Treasures Lost, Treasures Found."
By Clive Cussler. Dirk Pitt and family uncover a nefarious plot to plunge the planet into another ice age.
A couple, jaded by all the material trappings of the holidays, vows to spend a year without Christmas.
Widowed Stella Rothschild and her boys move into the Harper mansion, an estate haunted by a troubled spirit.
By Jonathan Kellerman. A psychologist, aided by a secret society, attempts to solve a series of gruesome murders.
A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.
By Audrey Niffenegger. A man fated to be whisked back and forth through time manages to find true love.
By Azar Nafisi. A professor's memoir of her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
By Gene Stone. Aid for the frustrated and fuming.
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By Erik Larson. Serial killer Henry Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.
(Back Bay, $14.95). By James Bradley. The brutal captivity of eight American POWs held by Japanese forces.
By Barack Obama. Memoir by the senator-elect.
By Mitch Albom. The sportswriter chronicles his emotional reunion with his mentor from college days.
By Jon Meacham. Exploration of a famous alliance.
True and fanciful tales of the season brimming with angst and a generous amount of wry humor.
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By Michael Crichton. Eco-terrorists develop a weather control device to help further their radical agenda.
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By Jimmy Buffett. The mystery of a Caribbean lighthouse's lost lens spices up tour guide Tully Mars's carefree days.
By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a murderer's identity.
Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt (Sr. & Jr.) rally to avert a biochemical attack on the U.S. meant to incriminate Japan.
By James Patterson. Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.
By Tom Wolfe. At elite Dupont University, a na´ve freshman finds socializing to be just as rigorous as class.
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Anti-terrorist expert John Corey is compelled to reassess the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island.
The debt-ridden son of a pharmaceutical company's founder burgles the lab, with unforeseen consequences.
By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
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By Bob Dylan. The singer/songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life, pointedly his artistic evolution.
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(Black Dog & Levanthal, $60). Ed. by Robert Mankoff
"Best of" book; two CDs containing all cartoons published.
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By Stephen Greenblatt. National Book Award nominee.
The former president reminisces about his tumultuous childhood and political accomplishments.
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