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Sunday, December 19, 2004; 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.
11
2 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threaten the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
49
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.29
4 REUNION (Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Double the romance in this batch of novellas: "Once More With Feeling" and "Treasures Lost, Treasures Found."
2
5 THE TROJAN ODYSSEY (Berkley, $7.99)

By Clive Cussler. Dirk Pitt and family uncover a nefarious plot to plunge the planet into another ice age.
2
6 SKIPPING CHRISTMAS (Dell, $6.99). By John Grisham

A couple, jaded by all the material trappings of the holidays, vows to spend a year without Christmas.
8
7 BLUE DAHLIA (Jove, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Widowed Stella Rothschild and her boys move into the Harper mansion, an estate haunted by a troubled spirit.
6
8 CONSPIRACY CLUB (Ballantine, $7.99)

By Jonathan Kellerman. A psychologist, aided by a secret society, attempts to solve a series of gruesome murders.
2
9 DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown

A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.
35
10 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.
1
Nonfiction/General
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.
46
2 THE BUSH SURVIVAL BIBLE: 250 WAYS TO MAKE

IT THROUGH THE NEXT FOUR YEARS (Villard, $9.99)

By Gene Stone. Aid for the frustrated and fuming.
4
3 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular evaluation of science's grandest achievements.
12
4 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
20
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 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COUR AGE

(Back Bay, $14.95). By James Bradley. The brutal captivity of eight American POWs held by Japanese forces.
12
7 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RA CE

AND INHERIATNCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. Memoir by the senator-elect.
17
8 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (Broadway, $12.95)

By Mitch Albom. The sportswriter chronicles his emotional reunion with his mentor from college days.
21
9 FRANKLIN AND WINSTON: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT

OF AN EPIC FRIENDSHIP (Random House, $16.95)

By Jon Meacham. Exploration of a famous alliance.
2
10 HOLIDAYS ON ICE (Back Bay, $8.95). By David Sedaris

True and fanciful tales of the season brimming with angst and a generous amount of wry humor.
2
Hardcover
Fiction
1 STATE OF FEAR (HarperCollins, $27.95)

By Michael Crichton. Eco-terrorists develop a weather control device to help further their radical agenda.
1
2 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
48
3 A SALTY PIECE OF LAND (Little, Brown, $27.95)

By Jimmy Buffett. The mystery of a Caribbean lighthouse's lost lens spices up tour guide Tully Mars's carefree days.
2
4 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.
49
5 BLACK WIND (Putnam, $27.95). By Clive Cussler &

Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt (Sr. & Jr.) rally to avert a biochemical attack on the U.S. meant to incriminate Japan.
2
6 LONDON BRIDGES (Little, Brown, $27.95)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.
4
7 I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS (FSG, $28.95)

By Tom Wolfe. At elite Dupont University, a na´ve freshman finds socializing to be just as rigorous as class.
4
8 THE DA VINCI CODE: SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION

(Doubleday, $35). By Dan Brown. The art and cryptology thriller with hundreds of apropos photos and images.
5
9 NIGHT FALL (Warner, $26.95). By Nelson DeMille

Anti-terrorist expert John Corey is compelled to reassess the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island.
2
10 WHITEOUT (Dutton, $26.95). By Ken Follett

The debt-ridden son of a pharmaceutical company's founder burgles the lab, with unforeseen consequences.
2
Nonfiction/General
1 AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION
(Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
11
2 HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON

(Knopf, $26.95). By Joseph J. Ellis. A biography of the statesman from British army soldier to U.S. president.
6
3 CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE (Simon & Schuster, $24)

By Bob Dylan. The singer/songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life, pointedly his artistic evolution.
9
4 FAITHFUL: TWO DIEHARD REDSOX FANS

CHRONICLE THE HISTORIC 2004 SEASON

(Scribner, $26). By Stewart O'Nan & Stephen King
2
5 WHEN WILL JESUS BRING THE PORK CHOPS?

(Hyperion, $23.95). By George Carlin. The comedian's mocking riffs on America's political and social climate.
8
6 THE COMPLETE CARTOONS OF THE NEW YORKE R

(Black Dog & Levanthal, $60). Ed. by Robert Mankoff

"Best of" book; two CDs containing all cartoons published.
6
7 HOW TO TALK TO A LIBERAL (IF YOU MUST)

(Crown Forum, $26.95). By Ann Coulter. The conservative pundit sizes up the American political scene.
9
8 WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE

BECAME SHAKESPEARE (Norton, $26.95)

By Stephen Greenblatt. National Book Award nominee.
6
9 MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton

The former president reminisces about his tumultuous childhood and political accomplishments.
19
10 WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW

CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

(Metropolitan, $24). By Thomas Frank
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended December 12, 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.)


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