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Sunday, October 3, 2004; Page BW15

Paperback
Fiction
1 BLOW FLY (Berkley, $7.99). By Patricia Cornwell

Scarpetta, taking a time-out in Florida to think about her future, helps the local authorities probe a killing spree.
3
2 SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.
4
3 THE GOOD EARTH (Washington Square, $14)

By Pearl S. Buck. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a farmer and his wife in the waning days of imperial China.
2
4 ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown

The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threaten the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
39
5 THE NOTEBOOK (Warner, $12.95; $7.50)

By Nicholas Sparks. In this first novel, an unfulfilled teenage romance gets a second chance 14 years later.
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6 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, uncovering some family secrets.19
7 BLACKLIST (Signet, $7.99). By Sara Paretsky

A reporter's corpse and an Arab boy suspected of terrorist connections are part of V.I. Warshawski's new case.
4
8 THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini

An Afghani immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled homeland in the hopes of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
1
9 CHARMED & ENCHANTED (Silhouette, $7.99)

By Nora Roberts. Anastasia Donovan, swept up in a romance, is uneasy about sharing her secret -- she's a witch.
4
10 THE NAMESAKE (Mariner, $14). By Jhumpa Lahiri

Vignettes in the life of a second-generation Bengali immigrant whose parents settled in Cambridge, Mass.
3
Nonfiction/General
1 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION OF TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
10
2 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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3 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE

(Back Bay, $14.95). By James Bradley. The brutal captivity of eight American POWs held by Japanese forces.
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4 AMERICAN DYNASTY: ARISTOCRACY, FORTUNE,

AND THE POLITICS OF DECEIT IN THE HOUSE OF BUSH

(Penguin, $15). By Kevin Phillips. The Bush ascendancy.
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5 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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6 THE 9/11 REPORT: THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATION

(St. Martin's, $6.99). Details of the National Commisson's exhaustive inquiry, including media reports.
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7 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular history of science's grandest achievements.
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8 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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9 AGAINST ALL ENEMIES: INSIDE AMERICA'S WAR

ON TERROR (Free Press, $14). By Richard A. Clarke

Revelations of the country's lack of preparedness.
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10 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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Hardcover
Fiction
1 THE DARK TOWER: THE DARK TOWER VII

(Donald Grant, $35). By Stephen King. The epic series concludes as the gunslingers reach the dreaded tower.
1
2 TRACE (Putnam, $26.95). By Patricia Cornwell

Kay Scarpetta returns to the medical examiner's office to help the new director sort out a young girl's death.
3
3 NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS (Dutton, $25.95)

By Maeve Binchy. A tragedy at a seaside Greek village brings four disparate tourists together.
1
4 ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? (Morrow, $25.95)

By Sidney Sheldon. The alluring widows of two murdered scientists team up to thwart a plot to control the weather.
2
5 THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail.
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6 JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL

(Bloomsbury USA, $27.95). By Susanna Clarke

Two English magicians attempt to revive the age of magic.
4
7 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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8 THE RULE OF FOUR (Dial, $24). By Ian Caldwell &

Dustin Thomason. Four roommates at Princeton try to unlock the secrets of a 15th-century manuscript.
20
9 THE SYSTEM OF THE WORLD: VOLUME THREE OF

THE BAROQUE CYCLE (Morrow, $27.95)

By Neal Stephenson. Charting the scientific revolution.
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10 LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (Atria, $26). By Jennifer Weiner

Becky Rabinowitz narrates this tale of four women who meet at a prenatal yoga class and become fast friends.
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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.
1
2 THE FAMILY: THE REAL STORY OF THE BUS H DYNASTY

(Doubleday, $29.95). By Kitty Kelley. An unauthorized examination of three generations of the Bush clan.
2
3 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.
7
4 DEMOCRACY MATTERS: WINNING THE FIGHT

AGAINST IMPERIALISM (Penguin Press, $24.95)

By Cornel West. A call for democratic revitalization.
1
5 THE MISSING PEACE: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE

FIGHT FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE (FSG, $35)

By Dennis B. Ross. Insight from an American envoy.
3
6 CHAIN OF COMMAND: THE ROAD FROM 9/11 TO

ABU GHRAIB (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Seymour M. Hersh. An investigative reporter's verdict.
2
7 MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton

The former president's lengthy reminiscences about his tumultuous childhood and political accomplishments.
14
8 AMERICAN SOLDIER (ReganBooks, $27.95)

By Gen. Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell

Memoir by the retired head of the U.S. Central Command.
8
9 BUSHWORLD: ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK

(Putnam, $25.95). By Maureen Dowd. A collection of her columns from the op-ed page of the New York Times.
8
10 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.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 26, 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 8/30-9/26.)


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