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.422TRACE (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.43THE 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.44WHITE HOT (Pocket, $9.95). By Sandra Brown

Sayre Lynch is aghast when she learns of her brother's death -- more so when all signs point to murder.15MEMORIAL DAY (Pocket Star, $9.95). By Vince Flynn

The CIA's almost effortless thwarting of an al Qaeda attack makes agent Mitch Rapp suspicious.16THE 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.607ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.808THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and a safe haven.339NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS (Signet, $9.99)

By Maeve Binchy. A tragedy at a Greek seaside resort brings four disparate travelers together.410BLACK 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.8Nonfiction/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.302GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.333READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.774DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Back Bay, $14.95). By David Sedaris. A collection of witty, comical essays starring the humorist's family.85THE 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.736DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. A memoir of a challenging, often lonely youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.487A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.358IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BIKE: MY JOURNEY BACK TO LIFE

(Berkley, $14). By Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins

Memoir by the seven-time Tour de France champion.59PLEDGED: THE SECRET LIFE OF SORORITIES

(Hyperion, $13.95). By Alexandra Robbins

The inner workings of one Greek chapter laid bare.310ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's ironies.25HardcoverFiction1THE INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING (Viking, $25.95)

By Terry McMillan. Marilyn Grimes's midlife angst throws into question her marriage, love life and identity.12LIFEGUARD (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.23THE HISTORIAN (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova. A multi-generational saga of one family's precarious scrutiny of the Dracula legend.64UNTIL 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.25THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS (Dial, $23)

By Sophie Kinsella. After a costly mistake, a star London attorney accepts a housekeeping job in the country.16THE 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.807NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (Knopf, $24.95)

By Cormac McCarthy. A grisly discovery -- dead bodies, $2 million and heroin -- leads a man to make a fateful choice.18ORIGIN 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.29THE MERMAID CHAIR (Viking, $24.95)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Jessie's visit to her ailing mother brings some surprising confidences to light.1610ELEVEN ON TOP (St. Martin's, $26.95)

By Janet Evanovich. Despite giving up her bounty-hunter role, Stephanie Plum is dodging danger once again.5Nonfiction/General11776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.82THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.163CONFESSIONS OF A VIDEO VIXEN (Amistad, $24.95)

By Karrine Steffans. The hip-hop video actress reveals her painful past and the gritty side of a glittering industry.44FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner155THE SECRET MAN: THE STORY OF WATERGATE'S

DEEP THROAT (Simon & Schuster, $23)

By Bob Woodward. W. Mark Felt's crucial role.36100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA

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

By Bernard Goldberg. Targeting the "cultural elite."27BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.288ON BULLSHIT (Princeton Univ., $9.95)

By Harry G. Frankfurt. A philosophical primer for detecting the phenomenon in our culture.179THE TRUTH ABOUT HILLARY: WHAT SHE KNEW, WHEN

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

PRESIDENT (Sentinel, $24.95). By Edward Klein510LANCE ARMSTRONG'S WAR: ONE MAN'S BATTLE

AGAINST FATE, FAME, LOVE, DEATH, SCANDAL ...

(HarperCollins, $25.95). By Daniel Coyle1

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 24, 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.)