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PaperbackFiction1THE BIG BAD WOLF (Warner, $7.99)

By James Patterson. FBI novice Alex Cross matches wits with a Russian mobster trafficking in sexual slavery.12BLOW 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.43SPLIT SECOND (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.54THE 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.35WINNER TAKES ALL (Silhouette, $7.99)

By Nora Roberts. Two of Roberts's novels, "Rules of the Game" and "The Name of the Game," now back in print.16ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99). By Dan Brown

The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threaten the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.407SAFE HARBOUR (Dell, $7.99). By Danielle Steel

A grief-stricken young girl and her mother find solace in their evolving friendship with a charming artist.18THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini

An Afghani immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled homeland in the hopes of atoning for a childhood betrayal.29A LADY OF HIS OWN (Avon, $6.99)

By Stephanie Laurens. An espionage scandal laces this period romance in which two former lovers meet again.110THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, uncovering some family secrets.20Nonfiction/General1THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT

OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST

ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)112READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor's memoir of her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.373HEART FULL OF LIES: A TRUE STORY OF

DESIRE AND DEATH (Pocket, $7.99). By Ann Rule

A fall 2000 camping trip in Oregon turns deadly. 14FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE

(Back Bay, $14.95). By James Bradley. The brutal captivity of eight American POWs held by Japanese forces.35A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular history of science's grandest achievements.36THE 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.337DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF

RACE AND INHERITANCE (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. Memoir by the rising politician.88THE 9/11 REPORT: THE COMPLETE INVESTIGATION

(St. Martin's, $6.99). Details of the National Commission's exhaustive inquiry, including media reports.99ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's many ironies.1610AGAINST ALL ENEMIES: INSIDE AMERICA'S WAR

ON TERROR (Free Press, $14). By Richard A. Clarke

Revelations of the country's lack of preparedness.2HardcoverFiction1THE DARK TOWER: THE DARK TOWER VII

(Donald M. Grant, $35). By Stephen King. The epic series concludes as the gunslingers reach the dreaded tower.22TRACE (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.43INCUBUS DREAMS (Berkley, $23.95)

By Laurell K. Hamilton. Vampire hunter Anita Blake pursues a serial killer targeting the stripper community.14THE 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.405SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER (Dial, $23). By Sophie Kinsella

On her return from her honeymoon (or was it a shopping spree?), Becky discovers she has a half-sister.16NIGHTS OF RAIN & STARS (Dutton, $25.95)

By Maeve Binchy. A tragedy at a seaside Greek village brings four disparate travelers together.27ARE 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.38JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL

(Bloomsbury USA, $27.95). By Susanna Clarke

Two English magicians attempt to revive the age of magic.59THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA (Houghton Mifflin, $26)

By Philip Roth. An alternate history in which Charles Lindbergh, a Nazi sympathizer, is elected U.S. president.110THE SUNDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB (Pantheon, $19.95)

By Alexander McCall Smith. Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie tackles a case of murder at the concert hall. 1Nonfiction/General1AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO

DEMOCRACY INACTION (Warner, $24.95)

By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.22THE FAMILY: THE REAL STORY OF THE BUSH DYNASTY

(Doubleday, $29.95). By Kitty Kelley. An unauthorized examination of three generations of the Bush clan.33CHAIN OF COMMAND: THE ROAD FROM 9/11 TO

ABU GHRAIB (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Seymour M. Hersh. An investigative reporter's verdict.34HALLELUJAH! THE WELCOME TABLE: A LIFETIME

OF MEMORIES WITH RECIPES (Random House, $29.95)

By Maya Angelou. Recalling family and culinary morsels.15UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS

SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY (Regnery, $27.95)

By John E. O'Neill & Jerome R. Corsi. A contrary view.86The WORLD'S BANKER (Penguin Press, $29.95)

By Sebastian Mallaby. A portrait of James Wolfensohn's tenure at the World Bank and the changes he wrought.17MY LIFE (Knopf, $35). By Bill Clinton

The former president's reminiscences of his tumultuous childhood and political accomplishments.158THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULERS: EXPOSING OILY

POLITICIANS, WAR PROFITEERS, AND THE MEDIA THAT

LOVE THEM (Hyperion, $21.95). By Amy Goodman19YOU HAVE THE POWER: HOW TO TAKE BACK OUR

COUNTRY AND RESTORE DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

(Simon & Schuster, $19.95). By Howard Dean110AMERICAN SOLDIER (ReganBooks, $27.95)

By Gen. Tommy Franks with Malcolm McConnell

Memoir by the retired head of the U.S. Central Command.9 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 3, 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.)