PaperbackFiction1THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini

An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.342ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.723THE NOSY NEIGHBOR (Pocket, $7.99). By Fern Michaels

Lucy, a prominent defense attorney with paranormal gifts, is confronted with unsettling facts about her fiance.14THE TAKING (Bantam, $7.99). By Dean Koontz

A rural California town, doused with an eerie, radiant downpour, soon realizes it's part of an alien invasion.55THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB (Plume, $14)

By Karen Joy Fowler. Heady emotions and intimate secrets arise amid the club's discussion of the Austen canon.46THE 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.527THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and a safe haven.278JUST ONE LOOK (Signet, $7.99). By Harlan Coben

A woman is stymied by her husband's disappearance and its odd connection to a tragedy from her past.59HIDDEN PREY (Berkley, $7.99). By John Sandford

Detective Davenport, now a special agent, is assigned the case of a Russian found murdered on the docks.510DECEPTION POINT (Pocket, $7.99). By Dan Brown

A meteorite discovered by NASA, containing never-before-seen fossils, may be a giant hoax.37Nonfiction/General1THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.222READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.693THE 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.654WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? HOW

CONSERVATIVES WON THE HEART OF AMERICA

(Owl, $14). By Thomas Frank65BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATS GONE BAD (Workman, $9.95). By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.156GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.257DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. A memoir of a challenging, often lonely youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.408A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.289NIGHT (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.610TRUTH & BEAUTY: A FRIENDSHIP (Perennial, $13.95)

By Ann Patchett. The writer shares milestones in her devoted kinship with the poet Lucy Grealy.1HardcoverFiction14TH OF JULY (Little, Brown, $27.95)

By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. A member of the Women's Murder Club is on trial for police brutality.42THE CLOSERS (Little, Brown, $26.95)

By Michael Connelly. After a mere two years of retirement, Harry Bosch rejoins the LAPD in its new cold case unit.23RAGE (Ballantine, $26.95). By Jonathan Kellerman

Psychiatrist Alex Delaware revisits the chilling case of two teens convicted of killing a toddler eight years earlier.14THE MERMAID CHAIR (Viking, $24.95)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Jessie's caregiver trip to her mother's side brings some surprising confidences to light.85TRUE BELIEVER (Warner, $24.95). By Nicholas Sparks

A science reporter, famed for his myth-debunking articles, investigates strange lights in a North Carolina cemetery.76BROKEN PREY (Putnam, $26.95). By John Sandford

Gory slayings, reminiscent of those committed by three incarcerated killers, and a new iPod keep Davenport busy.37THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a killer's identity.728VELOCITY (Bantam, $27). By Dean Koontz

An affable bartender is forced to choose a sociopath's next series of victims via menacing, time-sensitive notes.19STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH (Del Rey, $25.95)

By Matthew Stover. The novelization of George Lucas's recently released film, "Episode III."910IN THE COMPANY OF CHEERFUL LADIES

(Pantheon, $19.95). By Alexander McCall Smith

Sixth installment of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."6Nonfiction/General11776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives relate the saga of the first full year of the American Revolution.12THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HSITORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.83FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES THE

HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner74BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.205WINNING (HarperBusiness, $27.95). By Jack Welch

with Suzy Welch. A top-to-bottom guidebook for business management by the former CEO of General Electric.86ON BULLSHIT (Princeton Univ., $9.95)

By Harry G. Frankfurt. A philosophical primer for detecting the phenomenon in our culture.97WHITE HOUSE NANNIES: TRUE TALES FROM THE

OTHER DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

(Tarcher, $23.95). By Barbara Kline18AND ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO ...

(Free Press, $13.95). By Maria Shriver. Advice for girls on the transition from high school to college.79ONE SOLDIER'S STORY: A MEMOIR

(HarperCollins, $25.95). By Bob Dole. The former senator's military career and life-changing injury.510BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN: HARRY BLACKMUN'S

SUPREME COURT JOURNEY (Times, $25)

By Linda Greenhouse. Evolution of a legal mind.1 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended May 29, 2005. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2005 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflects weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The advice/miscellaneous list below reflects sales from 04/25/05 to 05/29/05.)