Washington Area Bestsellers
Sunday, July 25, 2004; Page BW11
|1|| 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.
|2|| BLEACHERS (Dell, $6.99). By John Grisham|
A former high school football star returns to his hometown when he learns that his old coach is dying.
|3|| THE WEDDING (Warner, $12.95). By Nicholas Sparks|
In this sequel to Sparks's "The Notebook," Wilson Lewis vows to rekindle his 30-year marriage.
|4|| ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
|5|| THE BOURNE SUPREMACY (Bantam, $7.99)|
By Robert Ludlum. Agent David Webb resumes his Bourne alias to thwart a madman's plot to seize Hong Kong.
|6|| BLIND SIDE (Jove, $7.99). By Catherine Coulter|
While on the hunt for a serial killer, married FBI agents Savich & Sherlock must deal with a child kidnapping.
|7|| 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.||9|
|8|| DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown|
A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.
|9|| 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.
|10|| 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.
|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|| UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN: A STORY OF|
VIOLENT FAITH (Anchor, $14.95). By Jon Krakauer
A look at a shocking 1984 murder in the name of religion.
|3|| DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? (Warner, $14.95)|
By Michael Moore. An evaluation of the current administration, topped off with election strategies.
|4|| 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.
|5|| 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.
|6|| 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.
|7|| TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (Broadway, $12.95)|
By Mitch Albom. The sportswriter chronicles his emotional reunion with his mentor from college days.
|8|| ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)|
By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's many ironies.
|9|| RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Picador USA, $14)|
By Augusten Burroughs. A coming-of-age memoir chock-full of hilarious and downright disturbing moments.
|10|| 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.
|1|| R IS FOR RICOCHET (Putnam, $26.95). By Sue Grafton|
P.I. Kinsey Millhone agrees to look after a just-paroled heiress, whose former boss is wanted by the Feds.
|2|| THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)|
By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a killer's identity.
|3|| SKINNY DIP (Knopf, $24.95). By Carl Hiaasen|
A sleazy biologist, concealing an agribusiness's Everglades pollution, is undone by the wife he thought he murdered.
|4|| THE RULE OF FOUR (Dial, $24). By Ian Caldwell &|
Dustin Thomason. Four roommates at Princeton attempt to unlock the secrets of a 15th-century manuscript.
|5|| SAM'S LETTERS TO JENNIFER (Little, Brown, $24.95)|
By James Patterson. A Chicago columnist and widow finds a cache of letters written to her by her grandmother.
|6|| THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN|
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
|7|| 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.
|8|| TEN BIG ONES (St. Martin's, $25.95)|
By Janet Evanovich. In this Stephanie Plum mystery, the intrepid bounty hunter is targeted by a gang member.
|9|| KISS ME WHILE I SLEEP (Ballantine, $25.95)|
By Linda Howard. Lily Mansfield, a CIA assassin, alarms the agency when she begins to abide by her own set of rules.
|10|| KILL THE MESSENGER (Bantam, $26). By Tami Hoag|
A bike courier finds his life in jeopardy because of a parcel meant for a just-murdered defense attorney.
|1|| MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton|
The former president's lengthy reminiscences of his tumultuous childhood and political achievements.
|2|| SHADOW DIVERS (Random House, $26.95)|
By Robert Kurson. A pair of American sea-wreck divers' near-obsessive effort to identify a submerged WWII U-boat.
|3|| DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM|
(Little, Brown, $24.95). By David Sedaris. Another round of comical, often self-deprecating essays.
|4|| IMPERIAL HUBRIS: WHY THE WEST IS LOSING THE|
WAR ON TERROR (Brassey''s, $27.50). By Anonymous
A CIA agent's compelling arguments for policy change.
|5|| WHO LET THE DOGS IN?: INCREDIBLE POLITICAL|
ANIMALS I HAVE KNOWN (Random House, $22.95)
By Molly Ivins. A roundup of the journalist's wry prose.
|6|| FATHER JOE: THE MAN WHO SAVED MY SOUL|
(Random House, $24.95). By Tony Hendra. The life-altering influence of a kindly Benedictine monk.
|7|| ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Penguin Press, $35)|
By Ron Chernow. The remarkable life of the Founding Father, who went from aide-de-camp to treasury secretary.
|8|| WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW THE |
CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA
(Metropolitan, $24). By Thomas Frank
|9|| RIC FLAIR: TO BE THE MAN|
(World Wrestling Entertainment, $26). By Ric Flair with
Keith Elliot Greenberg. The superstar wrestler speaks.
|10|| PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $28)|
By Bob Woodward. Assessing the administration's motivations behind the green-lighting of the war in Iraq.
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 18, 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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