Washington Area Bestsellers

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Paperback
Fiction
1

THE DA VINCI CODE(Anchor, 14.95; $7.99)

By Dan Brown.A startling murder and ancient cryptograms spur a perilous hunt for the Cup of Christ.

8
2

ANGELS & DEMONS(Pocket Star, $9.99)

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

96
3

A WEDDING IN DECEMBER(Back Bay, $14.95)

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

3
4

BROKEN PREY(Berkley, $9.99). By John Sandford

Gory slayings, reminiscent of those committed by two incarcerated killers, and a new iPod keep Davenport busy.

3
5

THE KITE RUNNER(Riverhead, $14)

By Khaled Hosseini.An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country to atone for a childhood betrayal.

83
6

MAP OF BONES(Avon, $7.99). By James Rollins

After a slaughter of worshipers, an ancient religious order loots the fabled bones of the Magi from a cathedral.

4
7

VELOCITY(Bantam, $7.99). By Dean Koontz

An affable bartender is forced to choose a sociopath's next series of victims via menacing, time-sensitive notes.

4
8

TRUE BELIEVER(Warner, $12.95). By Nicholas Sparks

A science reporter, famed for his myth-debunking articles, investigates eerie lights in a North Carolina cemetery.

6
9

MARCH(Penguin, $14). By Geraldine Brooks

The imagined Civil War experiences of Mr. March, the absent father in Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women."

3
10

THE MERMAID CHAIR(Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd.Jessie visits her ailing mother, still grief-stricken after Jessie's father's death 33 years before.

11
Nonfiction/General
1

THE COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA

(Third World, $12). Ed. by Tavis Smiley.Prominent African Americans propose a proactive plan for change.

11
2

NIGHT(FSG, $9). By Elie Wiesel

The Nobel laureate's terrifying account of his experience in Nazi camps during World War II.

26
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.

73
4

IN COLD BLOOD(Vintage, $14). By Truman Capote

Its melding of crime reportage and fictional techniques made this account of a grisly murder an instant classic.

30
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.

108
6

COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL

OR SUCCEED(Penguin, $17). By Jared Diamond

The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.

21
7

THE GLASS CASTLE(Scribner, $14)

By Jeannette Walls.A daughter's memoir of her eccentric parents and the unorthodox upbringing she survived.

13
8

CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN

(Plume, $15). By John Perkins.Charges of financial malfeasance at the expense of developing nations.

19
9

GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL(Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond.The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.

64
10

HOW WOULD A PATRIOT ACT? DEFENDING AMERICAN

VALUES FROM A PRESIDENT RUN AMOK

(Working Assets, $12). By Glenn Greenwald

1
Hardcover
Fiction
1

BEACH ROAD(Little, Brown, $27.95)

By James Patterson and Peter de Jonge.Asensational murder case jump-starts a struggling attorney's career.

3
2

DEAD WATCH(Putnam, $26.95). By John Sandford

An Army Intelligence veteran is called in when an ex-U.S. senator vanishes, casting suspicion on his political rival.

1
3

DIGGING TO AMERICA(Knopf, $24.95). By Anne Tyler

Two couples' chance meeting at the airport while awaiting their adopted Korean daughters sparks a friendship.

3
4

THE HARD WAY(Delacorte, $25). By Lee Child

Former army MP Jack Reacher agrees to help a mercenary (also ex-Army) find his kidnapped wife and daughter.

1
5

I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER(Doubleday, $21.95)

By E. Lynn Harris.A zealous preacher's run for office on an anti-gay platform divides a black Atlanta church.

3
6

TWO LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE(Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By Mary Higgins Clark.Twins' telepathic link is a blessing when only one girl is returned after their kidnapping.

7
7

BLUE SHOES AND HAPPINESS(Pantheon, $21.95)

By Alexander McCall Smith.Precious Ramotswe's "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" faces more challenges.

5
8

EVERYMAN(Houghton Mifflin, $24). By Philip Roth

This parable on life's meaning follows the uneventful life of a brother/ex-husband/father coping with his mortality.

2
9

THE MAN OF MY DREAMS(Random House, $22.95)

By Curtis Sittenfeld.At age 14, with the dissolution of her parents' marriage, Hannah begins her quest for true love.

1
10

SECOND SIGHT(Putnam, $24.95). By Amanda Quick

Victorian London: Venetia, a photographer with psychic gifts, is hired to catalogue a secret society's treasures.

2
Nonfiction/General
1

MAYFLOWER: A STORY OF COURAGE, COMMUNITY,

AND WAR(Viking, $29.95). By Nathaniel Philbrick

The saga of Plymouth Colony, stripped of mythology.

2
2

MARLEY & ME: LIFE AND LOVE WITH THE

WORLD'S WORST DOG(Morrow, $21.95)

By John Grogan.For the love of an unruly Labrador.

23
3

THE MIGHTY & THE ALMIGHTY: REFLECTIONS

ON AMERICA, GOD, AND WORLD AFFAIRS

(HarperCollins, $25.95). By Madeleine Albright

3
4

DON'T MAKE A BLACK WOMAN TAKE OFF HER

EARRINGS: MADEA'S UNINHIBITED COMMENTARIES

ON LOVE AND LIFE(Riverhead, $23.95). By Tyler Perry

6
5

THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY(FSG, $30)

By Thomas L. Friedman.Arevised and expanded edition.

5
6

FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING(Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

57
7

MYTHS, LIES, AND DOWNRIGHT STUPIDITY: GET OUT

THE SHOVEL -- WHY EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG

(Hyperion, $24.95). By John Stossel.Libertarian views.

1
8

LETTERS TO A YOUNG BROTHER: MANIFEST

YOUR DESTINY(Gotham, $20). By Hill Harper

The actor's inspirational advice for young men of color.

2
9

CLEMENTE: THE PASSION AND GRACE OF BASEBALL'S

LAST HERO(Simon & Schuster, $26)

By David Maraniss.Right fielder Roberto Clemente.

3
10

BURNT TOAST: AND OTHER PHILOSOPHIES OF LIFE

(Hyperion, $24.95). By Teri Hatcher.Life lessons from a star of the television hit"Desperate Housewives."

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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended May 21, 2006. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2006 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflects weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. Advice, reference and self-help books appear on a separate, monthly list.)


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