Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Paperback
Fiction
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HOUR GAME(Warner Vision, $7.99). By David Baldacci

A murderer, mimicking the modus operandi of notorious serial killers, menaces the hamlet of Wrightsburg, Va.

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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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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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A FINE PASSION(Avon, $6.99). By Stephanie Laurens

An English baron becomes enchanted by Lady Clarice Altwood who, he discovers, is in grave danger.

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PAYBACK(Zebra, $6.99). By Fern Michaels

In this second installment of the "Revenge of the Sisterhood" series, a roguish senator gets his just desserts.

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FIRESTORM(Bantam, $7.99). By Iris Johansen

Two firefighters, each with remarkable psychic abilities, begin a dalliance while tracking a pyromaniac.

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SURVIVOR IN DEATH(Berkley, $7.99). By J.D. Robb

Eve Dallas, a cop in mid-21st-century NYC, faces a murder in which the only witness is a 10-year-old girl.

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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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50 HARBOR STREET(Mira, $7.50)

By Debbie Macomber.Cedar Grove P.I. Roy McAfee and his wife, Corrie,receive threatening postcards.

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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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Nonfiction/General
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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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2

POLAR SHIFT(Putnam, $26.95). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos.The NUMA team must avert an ecological disaster wrought by anti-globalization zealots.

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

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

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SLOW BURN(Ballantine, $25.95). By Julie Garwood

A small town's decades-old murder mystery muddles the life of one of the town's native daughters, home for a visit.

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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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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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CHILL FACTOR(Simon & Schuster, $25.95).

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

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THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH(Warner, $24.95)

By Robert Hicks.The novelized tale of Carrie McGavock and the Battle of Franklin, Tenn. during the Civil War.

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

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

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Nonfiction/General
1

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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2

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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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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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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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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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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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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THE END OF POVERTY: ECONOMIC POSSIBILITIES

FOR OUR TIME(Penguin Press, $27.95)

By Jeffrey D. Sachs.A 20-year plan to rescue the poor.

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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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WHY I AM A REAGAN CONSERVATIVE

(Morrow, $24.95). Edited by Michael K. Deaver

Adulatory essays by 54 conservative luminaries.

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