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Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, October 31, 2004; Page BW11

Paperback
Fiction
1 THE BIG BAD WOLF (Warner, $7.99)

By James Patterson. FBI novice Alex Cross matches wits with a Russian mobster trafficking in sexual slavery.
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2 SKIPPING CHRISTMAS (Dell, $6.99). By John Grisham

A couple, jaded by all the material trappings of the holidays, decides to have a year without Christmas.
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3 THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini

An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled homeland in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
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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.
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5 THE TRISTAN BETRAYAL (St. Martin's, $7.99)

By Robert Ludlum. An American playboy and spy living in occupied Paris is sent to Russia on a sensitive mission.
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6 SACRED STONE (Berkley, $15). By Clive Cussler

& Craig Dirko. The mercenary crew of the warship "Oregon" hopes to secure an ancient radioactive artifact.
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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, uncovering some family secrets.23
8 SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.
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9 WINNER TAKES ALL (Silhouette, $7.99)

By Nora Roberts. Two of Roberts's novels, "Rules of the Game" and "The Name of the Game," now back in print.
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10 BLOW FLY (Berkley, $7.99). By Patricia Cornwell

Scarpetta, taking a time-out in Florida to ponder her future, helps the local authorities probe a killing spree.
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Nonfiction/General
1 THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
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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 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (Da Capo, $15.95; $7.99)

By H.G. Bissinger. A year spent observing the obsession with high school football in small town Odessa, Tex.
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4 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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5 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A popular, quirky history of science's grandest achievements.
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6 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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7 PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $14)

By Bob Woodward. Assessing the administration's motivations behind green-lighting the war in Iraq.
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8 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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9 LIVING TO TELL THE TALE (Vintage, $14.95)

By Gabriel García Márquez. The Nobel laureate's first volume of a projected three-volume memoir.
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10 TREASON: LIBERAL TREACHERY FROM THE COLD WAR

TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM (Three Rivers, $14.95)

By Ann Coulter. Perceived foreign policy flaws.
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Hardcover
Fiction
1 NORTHERN LIGHTS (Putnam, $25.95). By Nora Roberts

The usual tranquility of Lunacy, Alaska, is ruffled when a resident, missing for 16 years, is discovered murdered.
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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 murderer's identity.
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3 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.
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4 THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA (Houghton Mifflin, $26)

By Philip Roth. An alternate history in which Charles Lindbergh, as a Nazi sympathizer, is elected U.S. president.
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5 THE TWO SWORDS (Wizards of the Coast, $27.95)

By R.A. Salvatore. The final volume in the fantasy trilogy chronicling the exploits of the Dark Elf Drizzt Do'Urden.
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6 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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7 LIGHT ON SNOW (Little, Brown, $24.95)

By Anita Shreve. A woman reflects on the impact of her and her father's discovery of an abandoned infant.
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8 THE GIFT (Silhouette, $16.95). By Nora Roberts

Two holiday tales from the romance writer: "All I Want for Christmas" and "Home for the Holidays."
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9 SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER (Dial, $23). By Sophie Kinsella

On her return from her months-long honeymoon (or was it a shopping spree?), Becky learns she has a half-sister.
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10 DOUBLE SHOT (Morrow, $24.95)

By Diane Mott Davidson. Caterer and sometime sleuth Goldy Schulz suspects her ex-husband of vandalism.
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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.
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2 WHEN WILL JESUS BRING THE PORK CHOPS?

(Hyperion, $23.95). By George Carlin. The comedian's mocking riffs on America's social and political climate.
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3 HOW TO TALK TO A LIBERAL (IF YOU MUST)

(Crown Forum, $26.95). By Ann Coulter. The conservative pundit maps out the American political scene.
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4 CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE

(Simon & Schuster, $24). By Bob Dylan. The singer and songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life.
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5 WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE BECAME

SHAKESPEARE (Norton, $26.95)

By Stephen Greenblatt. National Book Award nominee.
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6 THE FAMILY: THE REAL STORY OF THE BUSH DYNASTY

(Doubleday, $29.95). By Kitty Kelley. An unauthorized examination of three generations of the Bush clan.
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7 A PAPER LIFE (HarperEntertainment, $24.95)

By Tatum O'Neal. The Oscar-winning actress relates her battle with addiction and details of her volatile marriage.
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8 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.
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9 CHAIN OF COMMAND: THE ROAD FROM 9/11 TO

ABU GHRAIB (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Seymour M. Hersh. An investigative reporter's verdict.
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10 MAGICAL THINKING: TRUE STORIES

(St. Martin's, $23.95). By Augusten Burroughs. A compilation of comical, often very confessional essays.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 24, 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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