Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Paperback
Fiction
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TRACE(Berkley, $7.99). By Patricia Cornwell

Kay Scarpetta returns to the medical examiner's office to help the new director sort out a young girl's death.

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RULE OF FOUR(Dell, $7.99). By Ian Caldwell

and Dustin Thomason.Four roommates at Princeton attempt to unlock the secrets of a 14th-century manuscript.

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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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NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS(Signet, $9.99)

By Maeve Binchy.A tragedy at a Greek seaside resort brings four disparate tourists together.

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5THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME(Vintage, $12.95). By Mark Haddon.An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, unearthing some family secrets.58
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BLACK ROSE(Jove, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Roz Harper finds herself falling for the fetching genealogist she hired to track the identity of an ancestral ghost.

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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 SUMMER I DARED(Pocket, $9.95)

By Barbara Delinsky.A boating accident off the Maine coast leaves three survivors facing second chances.

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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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LITTLE EARTHQUAKES(Washington Square, $14)

By Jennifer Weiner.A prenatal yoga class is the setting for four women meeting andbecoming fast friends.

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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

DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Back Bay, $14.95). By David Sedaris.A collection of witty, comic essays starring the humorist's family.

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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 H.H. Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.

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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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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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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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PLEDGED: THE SECRET LIFE OF SORORITIES

(Hyperion, $13.95). By Alexandra Robbins

The inner workings of one Greek chapter laid bare.

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ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY(Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris.Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's ironies.

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IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BIKE: MY JOURNEY BACK TO LIFE

(Berkley, $14). By Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins

Memoir by the five-time Tour de France champion.

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Hardcover
Fiction
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THE HISTORIAN(Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova.A multi-generational saga of one family's precarious scrutiny of the Dracula legend.

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ELEVEN ON TOP(St. Martin's, $26.95)

By Janet Evanovich.Despite giving up her bounty-hunter role, Stephanie Plum is dodging danger once again.

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MIRACLE(Delacorte, $20). By Danielle Steel

A furious storm brings together an unlikely trio: a wealthy widower, a lonely divorcée and a humble carpenter.

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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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THE TRAVELER(Doubleday, $24.95)

By John Twelve Hawks.The Travelers, a mystical order, challenge the Earth's subjugation by an Orwellian society.

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THE MERMAID CHAIR(Viking, $24.95)

By Sue Monk Kidd.Jessie's visit with her ailing mother brings some surprising confidences to light.

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

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

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A LONG WAY DOWN(Riverhead, $24.95)

By Nick Hornby.Four strangers, each planning to commit suicide, meet by chance on a London rooftop.

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CROSS BONES(Scribner, $25.95). By Kathy Reichs

A murder and its link to a skeleton dating to biblical times sends forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan to Israel.

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THE WASHINGTONIENNE(Hyperion, $23.95)

By Jessica Cutler.A roman à clef in which a young Senate staffer chronicles her sexual escapades on her blog.

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

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.

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THE SECRET MAN: THE STORY OF WATERGATE'S

DEEP THROAT(Simon & Schuster, $23)

By Bob Woodward.W. Mark Felt's crucial role.

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FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING(Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

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THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY(FSG, $27.50)

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

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CONFESSIONS OF A VIDEO VIXEN(Amistad, $24.95)

By Karrine Steffans.The hip-hop video actress exposes her painful past and the gritty side of a glittering industry.

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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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THE TRUTH ABOUT HILLARY: WHAT SHE KNEW, WHEN

SHE KNEW IT, AND HOW FAR SHE'LL GO TO BECOME

PRESIDENT(Sentinel, $24.95). By Edward Klein

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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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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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AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION(Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart and the Daily Show.Humor meets history.

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