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Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, April 24, 2005; 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.
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2 NIGHTTIME IS MY TIME (Pocket, $7.99)

By Mary Higgins Clark. A serial killer using the moniker "the Owl" targets women at a high school reunion.
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3 R IS FOR RICOCHET (Berkley, $7.99). By Sue Grafton

P.I. Kinsey Millhone agrees to look after a just-paroled heiress, whose former boss is wanted by the Feds.
3
4 THERAPY (Ballantine, $7.99). By Jonathan Kellerman

Alex Delaware's inquiry into a savage double homicide steers him to one victim's celebrity therapist.
3
5 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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6 BLIND ALLEY (Bantam, $7.99). By Iris Johansen

A maniac bent on killing women resembling an ancient Roman actress threatens Eve Dallas's adopted daughter.
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7 FULL BLOOM (St. Martin's, $7.99). By Janet Evanovich

Annie, proprietor of a southern B&B, becomes the prime suspect when her long-missing husband turns up dead.
2
8 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.
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9 THE PRINCE OF BEVERLY HILLS (Signet, $7.99)

By Stuart Woods. Legendary actors (Garbo, Gable, Tracy) make cameos in this mystery set in Hollywood circa 1939.
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10 THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl both comfort and a safe haven.
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Nonfiction/General
1 THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.
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2 READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
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3 LEAP OF FAITH: MEMOIRS OF AN UNEXPECTED LIFE

(Miramax, $13.95). By Queen Noor. Her journey from American youth (née Lisa Halaby) to Jordanian monarch.
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4 BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATS GONE BAD (Workman, $9.95). By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.
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5 DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. A memoir of a challenging, often lonely youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.
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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 ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Penguin, $18)

By Ron Chernow. The remarkable life of the Founding Father who went from aide-de-camp to treasury secretary.
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8 GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
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9 GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA,

AFGHANISTAN, AND BIN LADEN ... TO SEPT. 10, 2001

(Penguin, $16). By Steve Coll. Pulitzer Prize winner.
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10 THE BOOKSELLER OF KABUL (Back Bay, $12.95)

By Asne Seierstad. A journalist's portrait of an Afghan family coping with the grim realities of life after war.
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Hardcover
Fiction
1 TRUE BELIEVER (Warner, $24.95). By Nicholas Sparks

A science reporter, famed for his fraud-debunking articles, looks into eerie lights in a North Carolina cemetery.
1
2 THE MERMAID CHAIR (Viking, $24.95)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Jessie's caregiver trip to her mother's side brings long dormant secrets to light.
2
3 NO PLACE LIKE HOME (Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By Mary Higgins Clark. A woman's tragic past looms when her husband innocently buys her childhood home.
2
4 STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH (Del Rey, $25.95)

By Matthew Stover. The novelization of George Lucas's film of Episode III, which releases May 19.
3
5 A STROKE OF MIDNIGHT (Ballantine, $23.95)

By Laurell K. Hamilton. Meredith Gentry, both human and faerie, calls on her mortal allies to aid the faerie kingdom.
1
6 SATURDAY (Doubleday, $26). By Ian McEwan

February 2003: A London neurosurgeon's day of leisure shifts from the mundane to the life-threatening.
4
7 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.
66
8 PREP (Random House, $21.95). By Curtis Sittenfeld

An Indiana teen enrolls at one of Boston's most exclusive private schools, heightening her already anxious state.
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9 YA-YAS IN BLOOM (HarperCollins, $24.95)

By Rebecca Wells. Vignettes from the lives of the Ya-Ya sisterhood when they first met as girls in the 1930s.
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10 TWO-DOLLAR BILL (Putnam, $25.95). By Stuart Woods

Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is duped by a new client who turns out to be a con man extraordinaire.
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Nonfiction/General
1 THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalization's colossal impact.
2
2 WINNING (HarperBusiness, $27.95). By Jack Welch

with Suzy Welch. A top-to-bottom guidebook for business management by the former CEO of General Electric.
2
3 AND ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO ...

(Free Press, $13.95). By Maria Shriver. Advice for girls during their transition from high school to college.
1
4 BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
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5 MY LIFE SO FAR (Random House, $26.95)

By Jane Fonda. The daughter of Hollywood royalty, actress and controversial activist sets the record straight.
2
6 ONE SOLDIER'S STORY: A MEMOIR

(HarperCollins, $25.95). By Bob Dole. The former senator's military service and life-changing injury.
2
7 FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING
(Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen G. Dubner
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8 ON BULLSHIT (Princeton Univ., $9.95)

By Harry G. Frankfurt. A philosophical primer for detecting the phenomenon in our culture today.
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9 AN INVITATION TO JOY (Simon & Schuster, $30)

By Pope John Paul II. A photographic album of John Paul's papacy (up to 1999) with excerpts from his writings.
2
10 GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES: THE SECRET LIFE OF

A CRITIC IN DISGUISE (Penguin Press, $24.95)

By Ruth Reichl. Costumes and stealth at the dinner table.
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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 17, 2005. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2005 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflects weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. Advice, how-to and self-help books appear on a separate, monthly list.)


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