Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Paperback
Fiction
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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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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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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.

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THERAPY(Ballantine, $7.99). By Jonathan Kellerman

Alex Delaware's inquiry into a savage double homicide steers him to one victim's celebrity therapist.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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6

SATURDAY(Doubleday, $26). By Ian McEwan

February 2003: A London neurosurgeon's day of leisure shifts from the mundane to the life-threatening.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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6

ONE SOLDIER'S STORY: A MEMOIR

(HarperCollins, $25.95). By Bob Dole.The former senator's military service and life-changing injury.

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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.

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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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