|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.
|2|| SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)|
By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|10|| THE NAMESAKE (Mariner, $14). By Jhumpa Lahiri|
Vignettes in the life of a second-generation Bengali immigrant whose parents settled in Cambridge, Mass.
|1|| THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT|
OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION OF TERRORIST
ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $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.
|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.
|4|| AMERICAN DYNASTY: ARISTOCRACY, FORTUNE,|
AND THE POLITICS OF DECEIT IN THE HOUSE OF BUSH
(Penguin, $15). By Kevin Phillips. The Bush ascendancy.
|5|| DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF|
RACE AND INHERITANCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)
By Barack Obama. Memoir by the rising politician.
|6|| THE 9/11 REPORT: THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATION|
(St. Martin's, $6.99). Details of the National Commisson's exhaustive inquiry, including media reports.
|7|| A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING|
(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular history of science's grandest achievements.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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|| NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS (Dutton, $25.95)|
By Maeve Binchy. A tragedy at a seaside Greek village brings four disparate tourists together.
|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.
|5|| THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)|
By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail.
|6|| JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL|
(Bloomsbury USA, $27.95). By Susanna Clarke
Two English magicians attempt to revive the age of magic.
|7|| THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN|
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
|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.
|9|| THE SYSTEM OF THE WORLD: VOLUME THREE OF|
THE BAROQUE CYCLE (Morrow, $27.95)
By Neal Stephenson. Charting the scientific revolution.
|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.
|1|| AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO|
DEMOCRACY INACTION (Warner, $24.95)
By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
|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.
|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.
|4|| DEMOCRACY MATTERS: WINNING THE FIGHT|
AGAINST IMPERIALISM (Penguin Press, $24.95)
By Cornel West. A call for democratic revitalization.
|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.
|6|| CHAIN OF COMMAND: THE ROAD FROM 9/11 TO|
ABU GHRAIB (HarperCollins, $25.95)
By Seymour M. Hersh. An investigative reporter's verdict.
|7|| MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton|
The former president's lengthy reminiscences about his tumultuous childhood and political accomplishments.
|8|| AMERICAN SOLDIER (ReganBooks, $27.95)|
By Gen. Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell
Memoir by the retired head of the U.S. Central Command.
|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.
|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.
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.)