Washington Area Bestsellers

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Paperback
Fiction
1

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS(Algonquin, $13.95)

By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a traveling circus amid the Great Depression.

15
2

THE KITE RUNNER(Riverhead, $14)

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

127
3

RICOCHET(Pocket, $9.99). By Sandra Brown

A homicide detective determined to take down a drug lord is thwarted by an influential judge.

3
4

THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER

(Penguin, $14). By Kim Edwards. A doctor regrets deceiving his wife about their twins' birth.

57
5

CRISIS(Berkley, $9.99). By Robin Cook

Medical examiner Jack Stapleton defends his brother-in-law, a physician accused of neglect.

1
6

ECHO PARK(Grand Central, $7.99)

By Michael Connelly. Det. Bosch suspects political meddling in a killer's guilty plea in a 1993 case.

3
7

DEAR JOHN(Grand Central, $13.99)

By Nicholas Sparks. 9/11 upends a budding romance between a soldier and a college student.

1
8

THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN(Vintage, $14.95)

By Claire Messud. A social satire revolving around a vainglorious clique of young Manhattanites.

5
9

MIDDLESEX(Picador USA, $15)

By Jeffrey Eugenides. A genetic anomaly causes a teen to become a hermaphrodite.

18
10

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM(Bantam, $7.99)

By Robert Ludlum. A master assassin renews his struggle against an international terrorist.

7
Nonfiction/General
1

EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN'S SEARCH FOR

EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND

INDONESIA(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert

27
2

THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY(Picador USA, $16)

By Thomas L. Friedman. A further revised edition.

4
3

THE GLASS CASTLE(Scribner, $14)

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

76
4

BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT

THINKING(Back Bay, $15.99)

By Malcolm Gladwell. Behind our snap decisions.

19
5

THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE(Back Bay, $14.95 )

By Malcolm Gladwell. Fads and their origins.

84
6

FIASCO: THE AMERICAN MILITARY ADVENTURE

IN IRAQ(Penguin, $16). By Thomas E. Ricks

The choices of U.S. military commanders.

2
7

90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN: A TRUE STORY OF DEATH

AND LIFE(Revell, $12.99). By Don Piper. A Baptist minister declared dead returns to life.

7
8

THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN'S MISSION

TO PROMOTE PEACE(Penguin, $15)

By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

18
9

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

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

80
10

NIGHT(FSG, $9). By Elie Wiesel

The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

61
Hardcover
Fiction
1

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS

(Riverhead, $25.95). By Khaled Hosseini

Two Afghani women cope with a brutish husband.

12
2

DEVIL MAY CRY(St. Martin's, $19.95)

By Sherrilyn Kenyon. Deities and mere mortals swoon, squabble and try to avert doomsday.

1
3

THE QUICKIE(Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

A scorned wife finds revenge isn't so sweet.

6
4

SPOOK COUNTRY(Putnam, $25.95)

By William Gibson. The linchpin of this expansive, post-9/11 thriller is a covert cargo container.

1
5

SANDWORMS OF DUNE(Tor, $27.95)

By Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson. The denouement of Frank Herbert's "Dune" series.

1
6

WAKING WITH ENEMIES(Dutton, $24.95)

By Eric Jerome Dickey. Dogged hit man Gideon finds the tables turned as he becomes the hunted.

1
7

THE SECRET SERVANT(Putnam, $25.95)

By Daniel Silva. When an Israeli agent's murder exposes a terrorist plot, in steps Gabriel Allon.

3
8

HIGH NOON(Putnam, $26.95). By Nora Roberts

Heady emotions from past trauma surface when a top hostage negotiator finds herself a target.

5
9

THE BURNT HOUSE(Morrow, $25.95)

By Faye Kellerman. A commuter plane's crash reveals startling errors in its passenger manifest.

1
10

CRITICAL(Putnam, $25.95). By Robin Cook

A healthcare group, poised to go public, tries to quash a probe into deaths at its facilities.

1
Nonfiction/General
1

THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS

(Collins, $24.95). By Conn and Hal Iggulden

For boys at heart, a paean to simple pastimes.

15
2

LEGACY OF ASHES: THE HISTORY OF THE CIA

(Doubleday, $27.95). By Tim Weiner. Exposing the good, the bad and the ugly in covert ops.

6
3JESUS OF NAZARETH(Doubleday, $24.95) By Pope Benedict XVI. Joseph Ratzinger reflects on the life of Christ, its meaning and significance.3
4

LONE SURVIVOR: THE EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF

OPERATION REDWING ...(Little, Brown, $24.99)

By Marcus Luttrell. The Navy SEALs' greatest loss.

9
5

A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER

(FSG, $22). By Ishmael Beah. Recalling the horrors of the civil war in Sierra Leone.

23
6

THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS: 50 YEARS OF

REPORTINGIN WASHINGTON

(Crown Forum, $29.95). By Robert D. Novak

4
7

GOD IS NOT GREAT: HOW RELIGION POISONS

EVERYTHING(Twelve, $24.99)

By Christopher Hitchens. Faith and its ill effects

15
8

THE WORLD WITHOUT US

(Thomas Dunne, $24.95). By Alan Weisman

The fate of the planet if humans ceased to exist.

2
9QUIET STRENGTH: THE PRINCIPLES, PRACTICES, & PRIORITIES OF A WINNING LIFE(Tyndale, $26.99). By Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker5
10

FREAKONOMICS(Morrow, $27.95)

By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. Exploring behavioral economics -- revised and expanded.

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Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Aug. 12, 2007. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2007 by Nielsen BookScan. (The right-hand column of numbers represents 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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