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PaperbackFiction1ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown

The Illuminati, a secret cabal threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.192THE LOVELY BONES (Back Bay, $13.95). By Alice Sebold

From her perch in heaven, a young girl witnesses the impact of her brutal murder on friends and family.33THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER (Mariner, $12)

By Carson McCullers. A lonely girl and a deaf-mute man form an emotional, special camaraderie in 1930s Georgia. 34THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (Broadway, $13.95)

By Lauren Weisberger. A prima donna fashion magazine editor terrorizes her new assistant.35WITH OPEN ARMS (Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

An omnibus edition of two romance novels featuring headstrong women embarking on new lives.26THE LAKE HOUSE (Warner, $7.99). By James Patterson

Six children genetically engineered to fly, introduced in Patterson's "When the Wind Blows," face a dire new threat.27THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and a safe haven.178EXECUTIVE POWER (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Vince Flynn

CIA counterterrorism expert Mitch Rapp attempts to foil an assassin's scheme to create havoc in the Middle East.19DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown

A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a gaint hoax.1910THE FACE (Bantam, $7.99). By Dean R. Koontz

A sadistic anarchist plans to kidnap the 10-year-old son of the world's most famous movie star, known as "the Face."2Nonfiction/General1READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor's memoir of her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.162LIVING HISTORY (Scribner, $16)

By Hillary Rodham Clinton. The senator and former first lady offers a new afterword in this edition of her memoir.43BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE

(Simon & Schuster, $16.95). By Walter Isaacson. The accomplished life of the inventor, politician and diplomat.14THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (Vintage, $14.95)

By Erik Larson. Serial killer Henry Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.135TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (Broadway, $12.95)

By Mitch Albom. The sportswriter chronicles his emotional reunion with his mentor from college days.116BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: THE INSIDE STORY OF SIX


(Free Press, $14). By Ben Mezrich. Winning at blackjack.127BEYOND BELIEF: THE SECRET GOSPEL OF THOMAS

(Vintage, $13). By Elaine Pagels. Why the gospel of Thomas was expunged in the rise of early Christianity.18RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Picador USA, $14)

By Augusten Burroughs. A coming-of-age memoir chock-full of humorous and downright disturbing moments.59MONEYBALL (Norton, $13.95). By Michael Lewis

How the general manager's budget-savvy style produced a winning season for the Oakland A's.610GULAG: A HISTORY (Anchor, $16.95)

By Anne Applebaum. The origins and evolution of the notorious labor camps in post-revolutionary Russia.3HardcoverFiction1THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail.192THE NARROWS (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Michael Connelly. The infamous killer "the Poet" strikes again, and a close friend of Harry Bosch is the latest victim.13THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.194MEMORIAL DAY (Atria, $25.95). By Vince Flynn

The CIA's almost effortless thwarting of an al Qaeda attack arouses the suspicion of agent Mitch Rapp.15NIGHTTIME IS MY TIME (Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By Mary Higgins Clark. A serial killer using the moniker "the Owl" targets women at his high school reunion.56ANGELS & DEMONS (Atria, $19.95). By Dan Brown

The hardcover edition of Brown's thriller revolving around a nefarious group's plot against the Vatican.137THE FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE (Pantheon, $19.95)

By Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe assists the local hairdresser in sorting out prospective suitors.38THERAPY (Ballantine, $26.95). By Jonathan Kellerman

Alex Delaware's inquiry into a savage double homicide steers him to one victim's celebrity therapist.39THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB (Putnam, $23.95)

By Karen Joy Fowler. Heady emotions and intimate secrets arise amid the book club's discussions of the Austen canon.110JUST ONE LOOK (Dutton, $25.95). By Harlan Coben

A housewife is stymied by her husband's disappearance and its odd relation to a tragedy from her past.2Nonfiction/General1PLAN OF ATTACK (Simon & Schuster, $28)

By Bob Woodward. Assessing the administration's motivations behind green-lighting the war in Iraq.32FOUNDING MOTHERS: THE WOMEN WHO RAISED

OUR NATION (Morrow, $24.95). By Cokie Roberts

Documenting the contributions of wives and mothers.43ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Penguin Press, $35)

By Ron Chernow. The remarkable life of the Founding Father who went from aide-de-camp to treasury secretary.24THE POLITICS OF TRUTH: INSIDE THE LIES THAT LED TO


(Carroll & Graf, $26). By Joseph Wilson15ON THE DOWN LOW: A JOURNEY INTO THE LIVES OF


(Broadway, $21.95). By James L. King36AGAINST ALL ENEMIES: INSIDE AMERICA'S WAR

ON TERROR (Free Press, $27). By Richard A. Clarke

Revelations of the country's lack of preparedness.77WORSE THAN WATERGATE: THE SECRET PRESIDENCY OF

GEORGE W. BUSH (Little, Brown, $22.95)

By John W. Dean. An ex-White House counsel's appraisal.68GRACE AND POWER: THE PRIVATE WORLD OF THE

KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE (Random House, $29.95)

By Sally Bedell Smith. Tales of courage and scandal.19THREE WEEKS WITH MY BROTHER: A MEMOIR

(Warner, $22). By Nicholas Sparks & Micah Sparks

The siblings' contemplative journey around the world.410POSTERITY: LETTERS OF GREAT AMERICANS TO

THEIR CHILDREN (Doubleday, $24.95)

Ed. by Dorie McCullough Lawson. Insightful missives.1 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended May 9, 2004. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2004 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflects weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. Advice and self-help books appear on a separate, monthly list.)