Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Paperback
Fiction
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LONDON BRIDGES(Warner Vision, $7.99)

By James Patterson.Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.

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NORTHERN LIGHTS(Jove, $9.99). By Nora Roberts

The usual tranquility of Lunacy, Alaska, is ruffled when a resident, missing for 16 years, is discovered murdered.

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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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TWISTED(Ballantine, $7.99). By Jonathan Kellerman

Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor hunts a serial killer who strikes on the same date each year.

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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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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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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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THE COLORADO KID(Hard Case Crime, $5.99)

By Stephen King.A novice reporter is given the scoop on her small town's unsolved murder by two elder newsmen.

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TWO-DOLLAR BILL(Signet, $9.99). By Stuart Woods

Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is duped by a new client who turns out to be a con man extraordinaire.

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METRO GIRL(HarperTorch, $7.99). By Janet Evanovich

Alex Barnaby hits Miami and points beyond in a risky gamble to locate her missing brother.

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Nonfiction/General
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A MILLION LITTLE PIECES(Anchor, $14.95)

By James Frey.A former screenwriter and drug dealer's chronicle of addiction and recovery.

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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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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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A MILE DOWN: THE TRUE STORY OF A DISASTROUS

CAREER AT SEA(Thunder's Mouth, $14.95)

By David Vann.The struggle to builda 90-foot sailboat.

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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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BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATS GONE BAD(Workman, $9.99). By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.

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THE END OF FAITH: RELIGION, TERROR, AND

THE FUTURE OF REASON(Norton, $13.95)

By Sam Harris.Religious conviction as menace.

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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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WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE

BECAME SHAKESPEARE(Norton, $14.95)

By Stephen Greenblatt.The Bard and his times.

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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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Hardcover
Fiction
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KNIFE OF DREAMS: BOOK ELEVEN OF THE

WHEEL OF TIME(Tor, $29.95). By Robert Jordan

The penultimate volume of Jordan's fantasy epic.

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CONSENT TO KILL(Atria, $25.95). By Vince Flynn

Mitch Rapp, CIA assassin, juggles multiple adversaries, a $20 million bounty on his head and his wife's pregnancy.

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BLUE SMOKE(Putnam, $25.95). By Nora Roberts

Arson inspector Reena Hale's thriving career and budding romance are in jeopardy thanks to a firebug with a grudge.

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THE LINCOLN LAWYER(Little, Brown, $26.95)

By Michael Connelly.A defense attorney, who works modestly out of a Lincoln Town Car, lands a wealthy client.

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A WEDDING IN DECEMBER(Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Anita Shreve.A winter wedding sets the stage for a group of college friends' reunion, exposing myriad secrets.

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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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A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES(Delacorte, $28)

By Diana Gabaldon.Jamie and the time-traveling Claire are in the American colonies in this sixth Outlander novel.

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SON OF A WITCH(Regan, $26.95). By Gregory Maguire

Sequel to Maguire's hit novel, "Wicked," this fable follows the young Liir on a quest for answers about his parentage.

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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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EVERYONE WORTH KNOWING

(Simon & Schuster, $23.95). By Lauren Weisberger

A workaholic banker amps up her life in celebrity PR.

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Nonfiction/General
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MY FBI: BRINGING DOWN THE MAFIA, INVESTIGATING

BILL CLINTON, AND FIGHTINGTHE WAR ON TERROR

(St. Martin's, $25.95). By Louis J. Freeh

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THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS(Penguin Press, $25.95)

By John Berendt.Venice, where the author moved in 1997, is affectionately portrayed here in all its glory and decay.

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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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THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING(Knopf, $23.95)

By Joan Didion.Reflecting on ayear of grief and mourning after her husband's death and her daughter's illness.

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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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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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LIFE IS NOT A FAIRY TALE(Fireside, $21.95)

By Fantasia.A blend of memoir, pragmatic advice and morsels of inspiration from the American Idol chanteuse.

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THE COMPLETE CALVIN AND HOBBES

(Andrews McMeel, $150). By Bill Waterson.The cartoon strip in its entirety from its first syndication in 1985.

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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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ANDREW JACKSON: HIS LIFE AND TIMES

(Doubleday, $35). By H.W. Brands.From humble origins to national fame--our seventh president's tumultuous life.

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