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.432THE 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.53WHITE 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.24TRACE (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.55MEMORIAL DAY (Pocket Star, $9.95). By Vince Flynn

The CIA's almost effortless thwarting of an al Qaeda attack makes agent Mitch Rapp suspicious.26DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN: BOOK TWO:

CITY OF NIGHT (Bantam, $7.99). By Dean Koontz

and Ed Gorman. Horrific creatures ravage New Orleans.17NIGHT TALES (Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Two tales of romantic suspense, "Night Shift" and "Night Shadow," republished in one volume.18THE 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.619ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.8110LOST CITY (Berkley, $9.99). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos. A protein found in the ocean's depths, able to extend life, is key to a plot of world domination.1Nonfiction/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.312GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.343DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Back Bay, $14.95). By David Sedaris. A collection of witty essays starring the humorist's family.94THE 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.745IT'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.66READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.787DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)

By Barack Obama. A memoir of a challenging, often lonely youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.498ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's ironies.269A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.3610PLEDGED: THE SECRET LIFE OF SORORITIES

(Hyperion, $13.95). By Alexandra Robbins

The inner workings of one Greek chapter laid bare.4HardcoverFiction1THE INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING (Viking, $25.95)

By Terry McMillan. Marilyn Grimes's midlife angst throws into question her marriage, love life and identity.22LIFEGUARD (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.33THE HISTORIAN (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova. Three generations of one family pursue the undead Dracula by means of a medieval book.74THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS (Dial, $23)

By Sophie Kinsella. After a costly error, a star London attorney accepts a housekeeping position in the country.25THE 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.816UNTIL 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.37NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (Knopf, $24.95)

By Cormac McCarthy. A grisly discovery -- dead bodies, $2 million and heroin -- leads to a fateful choice.28DOUBLE TAP (Putnam, $26.95). By Steve Martini

The expert slaying of the CEO of a defense contractor casts suspicion on an Army vet-turned-security guard.19THE MERMAID CHAIR (Viking, $24.95)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Jessie's visit to her ailing mother brings some surprising confidences to light.1710ELEVEN ON TOP (St. Martin's, $26.95)

By Janet Evanovich. Despite giving up her bounty-hunter role, Stephanie Plum is dodging danger once again.6Nonfiction/General11776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.92CONFESSIONS 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.53THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.174FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner165THE SECRET MAN: THE STORY OF WATERGATE'S

DEEP THROAT (Simon & Schuster, $23)

By Bob Woodward. W. Mark Felt's crucial role.46BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.297100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA

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

By Bernard Goldberg. Targeting the "cultural elite."38LANCE ARMSTRONG'S WAR: ONE MAN'S BATTLE

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

(HarperCollins, $25.95). By Daniel Coyle29ON BULLSHIT (Princeton Univ., $9.95)

By Harry G. Frankfurt. A philosophical primer for detecting the phenomenon in our culture.1810WINNING (HarperBusiness, $27.95). By Jack Welch

with Suzy Welch. A top-to-bottom guidebook for business management by the former CEO of General Electric.16

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 31, 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. The advice/miscellaneous list below reflects sales from 06/27/05 to 07/31/05.)