Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, May 15, 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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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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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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HIDDEN PREY(Berkley, $7.99). By John Sandford

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

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5

THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB(Plume, $14)

By Karen Joy Fowler.Heady emotions and intimate secrets arise amid the book club's discussions of the Austen canon.

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6THE 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.49
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THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET(Mira, $7.50)

By Debbie Macomber.Friendships emerge, and lives are rejuvenated, thanks to the catharsis of a knitting class.

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8

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

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

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9

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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10

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES(Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd.Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and safety.

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Nonfiction/General
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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

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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4

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS: HOW

CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

(Owl, $14). By Thomas Frank

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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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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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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 PENTAGON'S NEW MAP: WAR AND PEACE IN

THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY(Berkley, $16)

By Thomas P.M. Barnett.Globalism's security role.

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Hardcover
Fiction
1

4TH OF JULY(Little, Brown, $27.95)

By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro.A member of the Women's Murder Club is on trial for police brutality.

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TRUE BELIEVER(Warner, $24.95). By Nicholas Sparks

A science reporter, famed for his fraud-debunking articles, looks into strange lights in a North Carolina cemetery.

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3

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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4

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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5

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

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

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6

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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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

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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9

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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10

TWO OF A KIND(Silhouette, $16.95)

By Nora Roberts.The early romance stories "Impulse" and "The Best Mistake" in one volume.

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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

FREAKONOMICS; A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING(Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

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3

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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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

WINNING(HarperBusiness, $27.95). By Jack Welch

with Suzy Welch.A top-to-bottomguidebookfor business management by the former CEO of General Electric.

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6

SEARCHING FOR THE SOUND: MY LIFE WITH

THE GRATEFUL DEAD(Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Phil Lesh.A sweet gig with the legendary band.

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A LOTUS GROWS IN THE MUD(Putnam, $25.95)

By Goldie Hawn.The actress reveals her private self while reflecting on her award-winning career.

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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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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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10

DOWN CAME THE RAIN: MY JOURNEY THROUGH

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION(Hyperion, $23.95)

By Brooke Shields.Overcoming a debilitating affliction.

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