Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, September 4, 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 15th-century manuscript.

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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 some dark family secrets.

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ANGELS & DEMONS(Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown.The Illuminati, a mysterious cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.

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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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WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED

WITCH OF THE WEST(Regan, $15). By Gregory Maguire

This riff on the "Oz" tales features a misunderstood witch.

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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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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.

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10

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

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

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2

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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3

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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4

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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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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THE WISDOM OF CROWDS(Doubleday, $14)

By James Surowiecki.The New Yorker magazine writer's dogged faith in the power of collective wisdom.

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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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8

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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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

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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Hardcover
Fiction
1

POINT BLANK(Putnam, $25.95). By Catherine Coulter

Married FBI agents Sherlock and Savich track a psychopath who's has kidnapped a popular comedian.

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2

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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3

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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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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5

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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6

CHILL FACTOR(Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By Sandra Brown.A blizzard strands Lily Burton in a rural cabin with a man who may be a serial killer.

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VANISH(Ballantine, $24.95). By Tess Gerritsen

A desperate woman, motives unknown, takes hostages at a hospital, including pregnant detective Jane Rizzoli.

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8

WITHOUT MERCY(Putnam, $25.95). By Jack Higgins

Gen. Charles Ferguson's covert ops team seeks revenge for the murder of one of their agents by Russian hit men.

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9

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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10

TYRANNOSAUR CANYON(Forge, $24.95)

By Douglas Preston.A murdered prospector's notebook contains clues that could yield an archeological treasure.

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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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2

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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3

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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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

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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6

NEW RULES: POLITE MUSINGS FROM A TIMID OBSERVER

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

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7

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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HERDING CATS: A LIFE IN POLITICS(Regan, $27.50)

By Trent Lott.The Mississippi politician's rise from the House of Representatives to Senate majority leader.

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9

REFLECTIONS OF A PEACEMAKER: A PORTRAIT

THROUGH HEARTSONGS(Andrews McMeel, $16.95)

By Mattie J.T. Stepanek.A posthumous collection of verse.

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10

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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