Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, September 25, 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, threatens 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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3

LIGHT ON SNOW(Back Bay, $14.95). By Anita Shreve

The emotional repercussions of a father and daughter's discovery of an abandoned infant in the woods.

1
4

THE KNOWN WORLD(Amistad, $13.95)

By Edward P. Jones.The tangled relationship between an ex-slave (and plantation owner) and his former master.

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5

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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6

DOUBLE SHOT(HarperTorch, $7.99)

By Diane Mott Davidson.Caterer and sometime sleuth Goldy Schulz suspects her ex-husband of vandalism.

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7

FIRESTORM(Bantam, $7.99). By Iris Johansen

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

3
8

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.

5
9

50 HARBOR STREET(Mira, $7.50)

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

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10

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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Nonfiction/General
1

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

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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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

CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE(Simon & Schuster, $14)

By Bob Dylan.The singer/songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life and artistic evolution.

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6

NICKEL AND DIMED: ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN AMERICA

By Barbara Ehrenreich.The author reports on the state of the working poor by joining their ranks.

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7

WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE BECAME

SHAKESPEARE(Norton, $14.95)

By Stephen Greenblatt.The Bard and his times.

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8

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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9

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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10

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.

25
Hardcover
Fiction
1

SHALIMAR THE CLOWN(Random House, $25.95)

By Salman Rushdie.A Kashmiri native's evolution to terrorist is mapped in this tale of political-religious strife.

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2

ON BEAUTY(Penguin Press, $25.95). By Zadie Smith

The lives of two families--one Bohemian, the other decidedly not--intersect, with unforeseen consequences.

1
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

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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5

THUD!(HarperCollins, $24.95). By Terry Pratchett

In this 30th Discworld novel, the anniversary of a disastrous battle roils the dwarf and troll communities.

1
6

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.

3
7

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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8

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

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

4
9

LIPSTICK JUNGLE(Hyperion, $24.95)

By Candace Bushnell.A quartet of savvy women juggle hectic careers, home lives and their devoted friendship.

2
10

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

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

4
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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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

THE B.B. KING TREASURES: PHOTOS, MEMENTOS &

MUSIC FROM B.B. KING'S COLLECTION(Bulfinch, $40)

By B.B. King with Dick Waterman.Celebrating a life.

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6

BAIT AND SWITCH: THE (FUTILE) PURSUIT OF THE

AMERCIAN DREAM(Metropolitan, $24)

By Barbara Ehrenreich.White collar woes.

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7

TALKING BACK ... TO PRESIDENTS, DICTATORS,

AND ASSORTED SCOUNDRELS(Viking, $25.95)

By Andrea Mitchell.Memoir by the NBC News veteran.

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8

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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9

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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10

THE WEST'S LAST CHANCE: WILL WE WIN THE

CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS?(Regnery, $27.95)

By Tony Blankley.The threat of militant Islam.

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