Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, June 5, 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 NOSY NEIGHBOR(Pocket, $7.99). By Fern Michaels

Lucy, a prominent defense attorney with paranormal gifts, is confronted with unsettling facts about herfiancé.

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THE TAKING(Bantam, $7.99). By Dean 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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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.52
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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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8

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

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

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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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DECEPTION POINT(Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown

A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.

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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

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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4

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? HOW

CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

(Owl, $14). By Thomas Frank

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5

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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6

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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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

NIGHT(Bantam, $5.99). By Elie Wiesel

The Nobel laureate's terrifying account of his four years spent in a concentration camp during World War II.

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10

TRUTH & BEAUTY: A FRIENDSHIP(Perennial, $13.95)

By Ann Patchett.The writer shares milestones in her devoted kinship with the poet Lucy Grealy.

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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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2

THE CLOSERS(Little, Brown, $26.95)

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

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RAGE(Ballantine, $26.95). By Jonathan Kellerman

Psychiatrist Alex Delaware revisits the chilling case of two teens convicted of killing a toddler eight years earlier.

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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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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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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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VELOCITY(Bantam, $27). By Dean Koontz

An affable bartender is forced to choose a sociopath's next series of victims via menacing, time-sensitive notes.

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9

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

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

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10

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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Nonfiction/General
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1776(Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives relate the saga of the first full year of the American Revolution.

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2

THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HSITORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY(FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman.Globalism's colossal impact.

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3

FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES THE

HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING(Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

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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-bottom guidebook for business management by the former CEO of General Electric.

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ON BULLSHIT(Princeton Univ., $9.95)

By Harry G. Frankfurt.A philosophical primer for detecting the phenomenon in our culture.

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7

WHITE HOUSE NANNIES: TRUE TALES FROMTHE

OTHERDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

(Tarcher, $23.95). By Barbara Kline

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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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9

ONE SOLDIER'S STORY: A MEMOIR

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

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10

BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN: HARRY BLACKMUN'S

SUPREME COURT JOURNEY(Times, $25)

By Linda Greenhouse.Evolution of a legal mind.

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