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.452THE 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.73TRACE (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.74THE 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 dark family secrets.635WHITE HOT (Pocket, $9.95). By Sandra Brown

Sayre Lynch is aghast when she learns of her brother's death -- especially when all signs point to murder.46ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.827NIGHT TALES (Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Two tales of romantic suspense, "Night Shift" and "Night Shadow," republished in one volume.38THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and a safe haven.359LOST CITY (Berkley, $9.99). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos. A protein found in the ocean's depths, able to sustain life, is key to a plot of world domination.310DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN: BOOK TWO:

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

and Ed Gorman. Horrific creatures ravage New Orleans.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.332GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.363DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Back Bay, $14.95). By David Sedaris. A collection of witty essays starring the humorist's family.114READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.805THE 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.766ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's ironies.277RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (Picador USA, $14)

By Augusten Burroughs. A coming-of-age memoir chock-full of hilarious and downright disturbing moments. 158IT'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.89BAD 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.2010PLEDGED: THE SECRET LIFE OF SORORITIES

(Hyperion, $13.95). By Alexandra Robbins

The inner workings of one Greek chapter laid bare.6HardcoverFiction1LIFEGUARD (Little, Brown, $26.95). By James Patterson

and Maxine Paetro. A Boston boy's promising life in Palm Beach goes to pot after a failed $60 million art heist.52THE INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING (Viking, $25.95)

By Terry McMillan. Marilyn Grimes's midlife angst throws into question her marriage, love life and identity.43THE HISTORIAN (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova. Three generations of one family pursue the undead Dracula by means of a medieval book. 94THE 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.835THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS (Dial, $23)

By Sophie Kinsella. After a costly mistake, a star London attorney accepts a housekeeping position in the country.46MATCH ME IF YOU CAN (Morrow, $24.95)

By Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Cupid-for-hire Annabelle Granger aims to help cocky sports agent Heath Champion.17SWEETWATER CREEK (HarperCollins, $24.95)

By Anne Rivers Siddons. A 12-year-old girl's coming-of-age on her family's modest farm.18THE MERMAID CHAIR (Viking, $24.95)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Jessie's visit to her ailing mother brings some surprising confidences to light.199UNTIL 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.510DOUBLE TAP (Putnam, $26.95). By Steve Martini

The expert slaying of a defense contractor's CEO casts suspicion on an Army vet-turned security guard.3Nonfiction/General11776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.112FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner183THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.194CONFESSIONS 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.75100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA

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

By Bernard Goldberg. Targeting the "cultural elite." 56BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.317NEW RULES: POLITE MUSINGS FROM A TIMID

OBSERVER (Rodale, $24.95). By Bill Maher

Political-themed barbs from the outspoken comedian.28THE FAIRTAX BOOK: SAYING GOODBYE TO THE

INCOME TAX AND THE IRS (Regan, $24.95)

By Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder29THE SECRET MAN: THE STORY OF WATERGATE'S

DEEP THROAT (Simon & Schuster, $23)

By Bob Woodward. W. Mark Felt's crucial role.610ON BULLSHIT (Princeton Univ., $9.95)

By Harry G. Frankfurt. A philosophical primer for detecting the phenomenon in our culture.19

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