Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, October 2, 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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2

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.

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4

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

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

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5

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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6

THE KNOWN WORLD(Amistad, $13.95)

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

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7

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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8

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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9

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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10

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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Nonfiction/General
1

A MILLION LITTLE PIECES(Anchor, $14.95)

By James Frey.A memoir of addiction and recovery, recently chosen for Oprah's book club.

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2

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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3

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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4

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

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

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5

WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE

BECAME SHAKESPEARE(Norton, $14.95)

By Stephen Greenblatt.The Bard and his times.

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6

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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7

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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8

BAD DOG: 278 OUTSPOKEN, INDECENT, AND

OVERDRESSED DOGS(Workman, $9.95)

By R.D. Rosen, Harry Prichett and Rob Battles

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9

RISING TIDE: THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI FLOOD

OF 1927 AND HOW IT CHANGED AMERICA

(Simon & Schuster, $16). By John M. Barry

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10

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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Hardcover
Fiction
1

GOODNIGHT NOBODY(Atria, $26). By Jennifer Weiner

A suburban mom jumps at the chance to escape dreary domesticity by looking into a fellow mother's murder.

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2

THE MARCH(Random House, $25.95)

By E.L. Doctorow.Gen. Tecumseh Sherman's slash and burn through Georgia and the Carolinas in the Civil War.

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3

ANANSI BOYS(Morrow, $26.95). By Neil Gaiman

Charlie Nancy is startled to learn that he (and a half brother) are the scions of the African trickster god, Anansi.

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4

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

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

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5

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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6

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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7

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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8

LIPSTICK JUNGLE(Hyperion, $24.95)

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

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9

FRIENDS, LOVERS, CHOCOLATE(Pantheon, $21.95)

By Alexander McCall Smith.Occasional gumshoe Isabel Dalhousie aids a young man beset by disturbing visions.

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10

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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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

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

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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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

TALKING BACK ... TO PRESIDENTS, DICTATORS,

AND ASSORTED SCOUNDRELS(Viking, $25.95)

By Andrea Mitchell.Memoir by an NBC News veteran.

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6

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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7

THE SHAME OF THE NATION: THE RESTORATION

OF APARTHEID SCHOOLING IN AMERICA(Crown, $25)

By Jonathan Kozol.Results of the activist's five-year study.

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8

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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9

IMPERIAL GRUNTS: THE AMERICAN MILITARY

ON THE GROUND(Random House, $27.95)

By Robert D. Kaplan.U.S. soldiers around the world.

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10

THE TENDER BAR: A MEMOIR(Hyperion, $23.95)

By J.R. Moehringer.A youth informed and inspired by time spent at the local pub in Manhasset, Long Island.

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