PaperbackFiction1TRACE (Berkley, $7.99). By Patricia Cornwell

Kay Scarpetta returns to the medical examiner's office to help the new director sort out a young girl's death.32THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini

An Afghan immigrant travels to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.413THE RULE OF FOUR (Dell, $7.99). By Ian Caldwell

and Dustin Thomason. Four roommates at Princeton attempt to unlock the secrets of a 14th-century manuscript.34THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Vintage, $12.95). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, unearthing some family secrets.595NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS (Signet, $9.99)

By Maeve Binchy. A tragedy at a Greek seaside resort brings four disparate travelers together.36ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.797BLACK ROSE (Jove, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Roz Harper finds herself falling for the fetching genealogist she hired to track the identity of an ancestral ghost.78LITTLE EARTHQUAKES (Washington Square, $14)

By Jennifer Weiner. A prenatal yoga class is the setting for four women meeting and becoming fast friends.29THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and a safe haven.3210THE SUMMER I DARED (Pocket, $9.95)

By Barbara Delinsky. A boating accident off the Maine coast leaves three survivors grappling with second chances.3Nonfiction/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.292GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.323DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Back Bay, $14.95). By David Sedaris. A collection of witty, comic essays starring the humorist's family.74READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.765THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (Vintage, $14.95)

By Erik Larson. Serial killer H.H. Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.726DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. A memoir of a challenging, often lonely youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.477ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's ironies.248A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.349PLEDGED: THE SECRET LIFE OF SORORITIES

(Hyperion, $13.95). By Alexandra Robbins

The inner workings of one Greek chapter laid bare.210TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (Broadway, $12.95)

By Mitch Albom. The sportswriter chronicles his emotional reunion with his mentor from college days.25HardcoverFiction1LIFEGUARD (Little, Brown, $26.95). By James Patterson

and Andrew Gross. A Boston boy's promising life in Palm Beach goes to pot after a failed $60 million art heist.12THE HISTORIAN (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova. A multi-generational saga of one family's precarious scrutiny of the Dracula legend.53ORIGIN IN DEATH (Putnam, $24.95). By J.D. Robb

In this near-future thriller featuring Detective Eve Dallas, a cosmetic surgeon's murder portends a chilling secret.14UNTIL I FIND YOU (Random House, $27.95)

By John Irving. Celebrity actor Jack Burns confronts a harrowing past by tracking down his long-absent father.15THE 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.796ELEVEN ON TOP (St. Martin's, $26.95)

By Janet Evanovich. Despite giving up her bounty-hunter role, Stephanie Plum is dodging danger once again.47THE MERMAID CHAIR (Viking, $24.95)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Jessie's visit with her ailing mother brings some surprising confidences to light.158MIRACLE (Delacorte, $20). By Danielle Steel

A furious storm brings together an unlikely trio: a wealthy widower, a lonely divorcee and a humble carpenter.39CRUSADER'S CROSS (Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By James Lee Burke. A chum's deathbed confession forces Dave Robicheaux to revisit an incident from his past.110BREAKING POINT (Ballantine, $21.95)

By Suzanne Brockmann. FBI agent Max Bhagat is rattled when his former paramour is kidnapped by mercenaries. 1Nonfiction/General11776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.72THE SECRET MAN: THE STORY OF WATERGATE'S

DEEP THROAT (Simon & Schuster, $23)

By Bob Woodward. W. Mark Felt's crucial role.23CONFESSIONS OF A VIDEO VIXEN (Amistad, $24.95)

By Karrine Steffans. The hip-hop video actress exposes her painful past and the gritty side of a glittering industry.34FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner145THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.156BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.277100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA

(AND AL FRANKEN IS #37) (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Bernard Goldberg. Targeting the "cultural elite."18THE TRUTH ABOUT HILLARY: WHAT SHE KNEW, WHEN

SHE KNEW IT, AND HOW FAR SHE'LL GO TO BECOME

PRESIDENT (Sentinel, $24.95). By Edward Klein49WINNING (HarperBusiness, $27.95). By Jack Welch

with Suzy Welch. A top-to-bottom guidebook for business management by the former CEO of General Electric.1510ON BULLSHIT (Princeton Univ., $9.95)

By Harry G. Frankfurt. A philosophical primer for detecting the phenomenon in our culture.16 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 17, 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. Advice, reference and self-help books appear on a separate, monthly list.)