Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, May 29, 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

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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3

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 an alien invasion.

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THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB(Plume, $14)

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

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5THE 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.51
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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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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

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES(Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd.Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and a safe haven.

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9

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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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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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

LEAP OF FAITH: MEMOIRS OF AN UNEXPECTED LIFE

(Miramax, $13.95). By Queen Noor.Her journey from American youth (néeLisa Halaby) to Jordanian monarch.

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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

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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5

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?: HOW

CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

(Owl, $14). By Thomas Frank

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6

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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7

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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8

A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson.A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.

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9

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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10

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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Hardcover
Fiction
1

THE CLOSERS(Little, Brown, $26.95)

By Michael Connelly.After a mere two years retired, Harry Bosch rejoins the LAPD in its new cold case unit.

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2

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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3

BROKEN PREY(Putnam, $26.95). By John Sandford

Gory slayings, reminiscent of those committed by three incarcerated killers, and a new iPod keep Davenport busy.

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4

THE MERMAID CHAIR(Viking, $24.95)

By Sue Monk Kidd.Jessie's caregiver trip to her mother's side brings some surprising confidences to light.

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5

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

A science reporter, famed for his myth-debunking articles, investigates strange lights in a North Carolina cemetery.

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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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7

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

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

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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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9

COUNTDOWN(Bantam, $25). By Iris Johansen

Jane Maguire's striking likeness to an ancient Roman actress haunts her once more in this fast-paced thriller.

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10

GENEVIEVE(Dutton, $24.95). By Eric Jerome Dickey

Genevieve and her husband, both children of broken homes, wrestle with their difficult pasts.

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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

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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4

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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5

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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AND ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO ...

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

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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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8

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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9

IS BILL COSBY RIGHT? (OR HAS THE BLACK MIDDLE

CLASS LOST ITS MIND?)(Basic Civitas, $23)

By Michael Eric Dyson.A cultural critic's rebuttal.

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10

COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL

OR SUCCEED(Norton, $29.95). By Jared Diamond

The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.

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