Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, August 14, 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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THE 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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WHITE HOT(Pocket, $9.95). By Sandra Brown

Sayre Lynch is aghast when she learns of her brother's death--more so when all signs point to murder.

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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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NIGHT TALES(Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Two tales of romantic suspense, "Night Shift" and "Night Shadow," republished in one volume.

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6THE 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 family secrets.62
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MEMORIAL DAY(Pocket Star, $9.95). By Vince Flynn

The CIA's almost effortless thwarting of an al Qaeda attack makes agent Mitch Rapp suspicious.

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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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DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN: BOOK TWO:

CITY OF NIGHT(Bantam, $7.99). By Dean Koontz

and Ed Gorman.Horrific creatures ravage New Orleans.

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LOST CITY(Berkley, $9.99). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos.A protein found in the ocean's depths, able to sustain life, is key to a plot of world domination.

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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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GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL(Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond.The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.

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DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

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

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

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

Memoir by the seven-time Tour de France champion.

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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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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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RUNNING WITH SCISSORS(Picador USA, $14)

By Augusten Burroughs.A coming-of-age memoir chock-full of hilarious and downright disturbing moments.

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WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES?(Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg.Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.

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BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATSGONE BAD(Workman, $9.95). By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.

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Hardcover
Fiction
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LIFEGUARD(Little, Brown, $26.95). By James Patterson

and Maxine Paetro.A Boston boy's promising life in Palm Beach goes to pot after a failed $60 million art heist.

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THE INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING(Viking, $25.95)

By Terry McMillan.Marilyn Grimes's midlife angst throws into question her marriage, love life and identity.

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THE HISTORIAN(Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova.Three generations of one family pursue the undead Dracula by means of a medieval book.

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THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS(Dial, $23)

By Sophie Kinsella.After a costly error, a star London attorney accepts a housekeeping position in the country.

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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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UNTIL I FIND YOU(Random House, $27.95)

By John Irving.Celebrity actor Jack Burns confronts a harrowing past by tracking down his long-absent father.

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DOUBLE TAP(Putnam, $26.95). By Steve Martini

The expert slaying of the CEO of a defense contractor casts suspicion on an Army vet-turned-security guard.

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THE MERMAID CHAIR(Viking, $24.95)

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

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NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN(Knopf, $24.95)

By Cormac McCarthy.A grisly discovery--dead bodies, $2 million and heroin--leads to a fateful choice.

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ORIGIN IN DEATH(Putnam, $24.95). By J.D. Robb

In this near-future thriller featuring Detective Eve Dallas, a cosmetic surgeon's murder portends a chilling secret.

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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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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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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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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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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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100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA

(AND AL FRANKEN IS #37)(HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Bernard Goldberg.Targeting the "cultural elite."

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7

THE FAIRTAX BOOK: SAYING GOODBYE TO THE

INCOME TAX AND THE IRS(Regan, $24.95)

By Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder

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NEW RULES: POLITE MUSINGS FROM A TIMID OBSERVER

(Rodale, $24.95). By Bill Maher.The comedian's political-themed barbs, a regular staple of his cable show.

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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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LANCE ARMSTRONG'S WAR: ONE MAN'S BATTLE

AGAINST FATE, FAME, LOVE, DEATH, SCANDAL ...

(HarperCollins, $25.95). By Daniel Coyle

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