Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, May 8, 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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2

HIDDEN PREY(Berkley, $7.99). By John Sandford

Detective Davenport, acting as a special agent, is assigned to the case of a Russian found murdered on the docks.

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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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4

THE TAKING(Bantam, $7.99). By Dean R. Koontz

A rural California town, doused with an eerie, radiant downpour, soon realizes it's part of a global alien invasion.

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5

A LOVING SCOUNDREL(Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Johanna Lindsey.Lindsey revives her Malory series with this tale of Jeremy Malory, pirate-turned-gentleman.

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6

KISS ME WHILE I SLEEP(Ballantine, $7.99)

By Linda Howard.Lily Mansfield, a CIA assassin, alarms the agency when she begins to abide by her own set of rules.

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7

JUST ONE LOOK(Signet, $7.99). By Harlan Coben

A housewife is stymied by her husband's disappearance and its odd connection to a tragedy from her past.

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8

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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9

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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10THE 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.48
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

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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3

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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4

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW THE

CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

(Owl, $14). By Thomas Frank

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5

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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6

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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7

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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8

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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9

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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10

THE BOOKSELLER OF KABUL(Back Bay, $12)

By Asne Seierstad.A journalist's portrait of a 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 some surprising secrets to light.

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3

IN THE COMPANY OF CHEERFUL LADIES

(Pantheon, $19.95). By Alexander McCall Smith

Sixth installment of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."

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4

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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5

NO PLACE LIKE HOME(Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By Mary Higgins Clark.A woman's tragic past looms when her new husband innocently buys her childhood home.

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6

STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH(Del Rey, $25.95)

By Matthew Stover.The novelization of George Lucas's forthcoming film of "Episode III."

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7

THE INNOCENT(Dutton, $26.95). By Harlan Coben

Matt Hunter's life is roiled when he receives images of his wife's infidelity through his cell phone.

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8

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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9

CAN'T GET ENOUGH(Doubleday, $19.95)

By Connie Briscoe.This sequel to "P.G. County" offers more drama and shenanigans in the Maryland suburbs.

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10

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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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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3

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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4

FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING(Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

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5

AND ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO ...

(Free Press, $13.95). By Maria Shriver.Advice for girls during the transition from high school to college.

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6

MY LIFE SO FAR(Random House, $26.95)

By Jane Fonda.Thedaughter of Hollywood royalty, actress and controversial activist sets the record straight.

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7

CONSPIRACY OF FOOLS: A TRUE STORY

(Broadway, $26). By Kurt Eichenwald.The sinking of Enron and its accounting firm, Arthur Andersen.

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8

THE MOMENTS, THE MINUTES, THE HOURS:

THE POETRY OF JILL SCOTT(St. Martin's, $18.95)

By Jill Scott.Verse by the R&B chanteuse.

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9

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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10

BEING PERFECT(Random House, $12.95)

By Anna Quindlen.The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist reflects on the definition of perfection in one's life.

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