Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, August 21, 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

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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3

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.

7
4

THE 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 dark family secrets.

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5

WHITE HOT(Pocket, $9.95). By Sandra Brown

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

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6

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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7

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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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

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.

3
10

DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN: BOOK TWO:

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

and Ed Gorman.Horrific creatures ravage New Orleans.

3
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

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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3

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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4

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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5

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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6

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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7

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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8

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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9

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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10

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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Hardcover
Fiction
1

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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2

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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3

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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4

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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5

THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS(Dial, $23)

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

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6

MATCH ME IF YOU CAN(Morrow, $24.95)

By Susan Elizabeth Phillips.Cupid-for-hire Annabelle Granger aims to help cocky sports agent Heath Champion.

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7

SWEETWATER CREEK(HarperCollins, $24.95)

By Anne Rivers Siddons.A 12-year-old girl's coming-of-age on her family's modest farm.

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8

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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9

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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10

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

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

3
Nonfiction/General
1

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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2

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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3

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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4

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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5

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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6

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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7

NEW RULES: POLITE MUSINGS FROM A TIMID

OBSERVER(Rodale, $24.95). By Bill Maher

Political-themed barbs from the outspoken comedian.

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8

THE FAIRTAX BOOK: SAYING GOODBYE TO THE

INCOME TAX AND THE IRS(Regan, $24.95)

By Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder

2
9

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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10

ON BULLSHIT(Princeton Univ., $9.95)

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

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