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PaperbackFiction1BLOW FLY (Berkley, $7.99). By Patricia Cornwell

Scarpetta, taking a time-out in Florida to think about her future, helps the local authorities probe a killing spree.22SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.33THE GOOD EARTH (Washington Square, $14)

By Pearl S. Buck. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a farmer and his wife in the waning days of imperial China.14ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown

The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threaten the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.385THE NOTEBOOK (Warner, $12.95; $7.50)

By Nicholas Sparks. In this first novel, an unfulfilled teenage romance gets a second chance 14 years later.156BLACKLIST (Signet, $7.99). By Sara Paretsky

A 45-year-old corpse and an Arab boy suspected of terrorist connections are part of V.I. Warshawski's new case.37THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, unearthing some family secrets.188FATAL TIDE (Bantam, $7.99). By Iris Johansen

A psychopath in search of an ancient submerged city threatens a marine biologist who may know its location.39CHARMED & ENCHANTED (Silhouette, $7.99)

By Nora Roberts. Anastasia Donovan, swept up in a romance, is uneasy about sharing her secret -- she's a witch.310DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown

A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.32Nonfiction/General1THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)92READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor's memoir of her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.353DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF

RACE AND INHERITANCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. Memoir by the rising politician.64A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular history of science's grandest achievements.15FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE

(Back Bay, $14.95). By James Bradley. The brutal captivity of eight American POWs held by Japanese forces.16THE 9/11 REPORT: THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATION

(St. Martin's, $6.99). Details of the National Commission's exhaustive inquiry, including media reports.77LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM

(Plume, $14). By Al Franken. The political humorist and talk show host takes issue with the conservative agenda.88THE 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.319NIGHT (Bantam, $5.99). By Elie Wiesel

The Nobel laureate's terrifying account of his four years spent in a concentration camp during World War II.410AMERICAN DYNASTY: ARISTOCRACY, FORTUNE

AND THE POLITICS OF DECEIT IN THE HOUSE OF BUSH

(Penguin, $15). By Kevin Phillips. The Bush ascendancy.1HardcoverFiction1TRACE (Putnam, $26.95). By Patricia Cornwell

Kay Scarpetta returns to the medical examiner's office to help the new director sort out a young girl's death.22JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL

(Bloomsbury USA, $27.95). By Susanna Clarke

Two English magicians attempt to revive the age of magic.33THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95). By Dan Brown

Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a murderer's identity.384ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? (Morrow, $25.95)

By Sidney Sheldon. The alluring widows of two murdered scientists team up to thwart a plot to control the weather. 15THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.386SAMMY'S HILL (Miramax, $23.95). By Kristin Gore

Work and romance collide in this comic tale of a Senate domestic policy adviser's relationship with a speechwriter.27THE RULE OF FOUR (Dial, $24). By Ian Caldwell &

Dustin Thomason. Four roommates at Princeton attempt to unlock the secrets of a 15th-century manuscript.198ANGELS & DEMONS (Atria, $19.95). By Dan Brown

The hardcover edition of Brown's thriller revolving around a nefarious group's plot against the Vatican.329BLIND ALLEY (Bantam, $25). By Iris Johansen

A maniac bent on killing women resembling an ancient Roman actress threatens Eve Duncan's adopted daughter.110LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (Atria,$26). By Jennifer Weiner

Becky Rabinowitz narrates this tale of four women who meet at a prenatal yoga class and become fast freinds.1Nonfiction/General1THE FAMILY: THE REAL STORY OF THE BUSH DYNASTY (Doubleday, $29.95). By Kitty Kelley. An unauthorized examination of three generations of the Bush clan.12CHAIN OF COMMAND: THE ROAD FROM 9/11 TO

ABU GHRAIB (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Seymour M. Hersh. An investigative reporter's verdict.13UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS

SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY (Regnery, $27.95)

By John E. O'Neill & Jerome R. Corsi. A contrary view.64MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton

The former president's lengthy reminiscences about his tumultuous childhood and political accomplishments.135AMERICAN SOLDIER (ReganBooks, $27.95)

By Gen. Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell

Memoir by the retired head of the U.S. Central Command.76BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE (Atria, $26)

By Aron Ralston. The mountaineer relates his ordeal when pinned by a boulder in the Utah Canyon wilderness.27BUSH MUST GO: THE TOP TEN REASONS GEORGE BUSH

DOESN'T DESERVE A SECOND TERM (Dutton, $21.95)

By Bill Press. The syndicated columnist's passionate plea.38BUSHWORLD: ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK

(Putnam, $25.95). By Maureen Dowd. A collection of her columns from the op-ed page of the New York Times.79IMPERIAL HUBRIS: WHY THE WEST IS LOSING THE

WAR ON TERROR (Brassey's, $27.50). By Anonymous

A CIA agent's arguments for a foreign policy overhaul.1110WHERE THE RIGHT WENT WRONG

(Thomas Dunne, $24.95). By Patrick J. Buchanan

Lambasting the White House's neoconservative policies.3 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 19, 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.)